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Brian Merchant is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor living in Brooklyn, NY.
Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Incoming? House Passes Bill Mandating Decision Within 4 Months
Posted on: Jul 27, 2011, Source: TreeHugger
Forcing a vote on a matter that may bind the United States' fate to fossil fuels for decades to come is the most irresponsible aspect of all in this debate.
What Crucial Environment and Health Programs Were Sacrificed in the Budget?
Posted on: Apr 13, 2011, Source: TreeHugger
Essentially, the environment, endangered species, the sick, and the poor all lose out -- and corporations and the wealthy win.
Oh No, Have We Hit Peak Coffee?
Posted on: Mar 10, 2011, Source: TreeHugger
It's time to wake up -- climate change is happening here and now, and it's killing our buzz.
Obama to Let 13 Oil Companies Drill Offshore With No Environmental Review
Posted on: Jan 5, 2011, Source: TreeHugger
The companies get to skirt the full environmental review Obama promised offshore drilling projects would have to face, and mostly due to political reasons.
Election 2010: What it Means for the Climate, Clean Energy and all Things Green
Posted on: Nov 3, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
To be blunt: It's not going to be good. At all. Besides a few silver linings here and there, the results paint a pretty grim outlook.
What's Making 7-Year Old Girls Develop Breasts?
Posted on: Aug 13, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
Yet another reason to examine the habits and environs we've grown accustomed to -- and some would say, oblivious to -- over the years.
While Telling Residents to Turn to the Tap, NYC Gov Spends $1.2 Million a Year on Bottled Water
Posted on: Jul 13, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
An ad campaign in the city urging New Yorkers to drink from the tap cost $700,000. So why is the city still spending $1.2 on bottled water a year?
Scientists Crack Code of How to Live Past 100: Vegetarianism, Religion, Good Genes
Posted on: Jul 2, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
A group of scientists have gathered some invaluable evidence in the quest to predict which people will live to be older than 100.
BP CEO's Idiotic Remarks Receive Video Tribute
Posted on: Jun 9, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
The Gulf crisis has been made worse by the fact that BP's CEO Tony Hayward has been spewing tone-deaf gaffes about as fast as the Deepwater Horizon site has spewed oil.
The Political Impact of the BP Gulf Spill So Far
Posted on: May 6, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
The germ of genuine policy and action can be planted during the course of such a disaster -- has it?
The 7 Stupidest Statements Made About the BP Gulf Oil Spill
Posted on: May 3, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
Environmentalists probably blew up the oil rig (courtesy of Rush Limbaugh) and other idiotic conservative ideas.
US Approves First Offshore Wind Farm
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
This is huge news, as one study has shown that the United States could meet every last kilowatt of its power demands if offshore wind was properly utilized.
The Five Grossest American Fast Food Ideas
Posted on: Apr 13, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
There are oh so many ways to pollute your body with American fast food. Here's the top five.
Leaked Confidential Document Reveals Obama's Climate Strategy
Posted on: Apr 12, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
What does the classified paper reveal about US plans for brokering a climate agreement on the international stage?
World's 4th Largest Lake is Now 90 Percent Dried Up
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
How does one of the most massive bodies of water in the world vanish?
Obama Expands Offshore Drilling Far Beyond Bush
Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
Obama has unveiled his offshore drilling plans, and to the eyes of the environmentally conscious, it ain't pretty.
EPA Won't Regulate Greenhouse Gases Until Next Year
Posted on: Mar 29, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
But the EPA will indeed commence regulation in 2011. The delay is intended to give businesses more time to prepare their carbon reduction strategies.
Sanaa, Yemen to Become World's First Capital City to Run Out of Water
Posted on: Feb 19, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
Sanaa is home to 2 million people, and is growing fast -- but experts say that if trends continue, it could be a ghost town in 20 years.
38 Percent of World's Land in Danger of Turning into Desert
Posted on: Feb 12, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
What are the culprits? Overgrazing, extracting too much water from aquifers, rerouting of water from its natural sources to population centers, and a warming climate.
Chinese Government Lies About Water Pollution -- Levels Are Twice What's Officially Listed
Posted on: Feb 10, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
It appears that the Chinese government has been saying they were cleaning up water sources when in fact the pollution levels were rising.
Keep Fish Off Drugs: Don't Flush Your Pills
Posted on: Feb 5, 2010, Source: Planet Green
Around the country, chemists have discovered that fish in the water downstream from water treatment plants absorb chemicals found in antidepressant drugs into their bodies.
Is There Sh*t in Your Salad? 39% of Bagged Salads Have Too Much Fecal Bacteria
Posted on: Feb 2, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
And this despite the fact that such bagged salads often display claims of 'prewashed' or 'triple-washed' and attract customers who consider them cleaner and safer.
World's Nations Set Emissions Reduction Targets: Who's Pledging What?
Posted on: Feb 1, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
For the time being, it looks like the so-called 'global climate accord' is a piecemeal agreement of stitched-together promises and voluntary pledges.
Scott Brown and Climate Change: Why Health Care May Not Be the Only Major Legislation He Could Derail
Posted on: Jan 20, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
Scott Brown's ascension may indeed have severe implications for the Democratic agenda -- including a climate change and energy bill.
10 Million Tons of Chemical Fertilizer Discharged into China's Water Every Year
Posted on: Jan 16, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
A new report finds that Chinese farmers used a stunning 40 percent more fertilizer than necessary.
20,000 Americans Killed in Their Homes by Radon Last Year
Posted on: Jan 13, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
Radon kills more people every year than drunk driving, fires, and carbon monoxide. It's also the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Mountaintop Removal Mining Has Obliterated 700 Miles of US Streams
Posted on: Jan 13, 2010, Source: Planet Green
That's a long ways -- nearly a quarter of the entire length of the United States.
48 Percent of Fast Food Soda Fountains Contain Bacteria That Grew in Feces
Posted on: Jan 7, 2010, Source: TreeHugger
The reasons to not eat at fast food restaurants just keep on piling up.
Senate Climate Bill Progress Report: "Definite Republican Votes," Dems Have New Demands
Posted on: Dec 3, 2009, Source: TreeHugger
The status of the Senate clean energy reform bill may have fallen a bit out of focus as of late. But it's still very much alive -- and doing rather well, actually.
Top 4 Energy and Environmental Lies in Sarah Palin's 'Going Rogue'
Posted on: Nov 16, 2009, Source: TreeHugger
Her book is hardly out the gates, and it's already facing a torrent of criticism from mainstream news sources for including various untruths and flat out lies.
US Coal Plants Dump Thousands of Gallons of Waste Into Drinking Water Supplies a Day
Posted on: Oct 13, 2009, Source: TreeHugger
Millions of people get their drinking water from rivers and lakes polluted by the coal industry.
48 Year-Old Blogger Has Gone 9 Years Without Spending Money
Posted on: Oct 8, 2009, Source: TreeHugger
He's never taken food stamps or other government assistance, and despite what his lifestyle may lead you to believe, he's certainly not crazy.
Senate Climate Bill Revealed: A Quick Guide
Posted on: Sep 30, 2009, Source: TreeHugger
Here's a first look at its pros and cons, how it's different from the climate bill that passed the House, and what to expect next.
Oil Industry Warns: "If Climate Bill Passes, US Refining Will Fall." Duh.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2009, Source: TreeHugger
A report today in Bloomberg that reveals -- gasp -- that the climate bill will do exactly what it's supposed to do.
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