Stories by Matthew Wheeland

Matthew Wheeland is a former editor at AlterNet. He is currently managing editor at and lives in Berkeley, Calif. subscribe to Matthew Wheeland's feed

Posted on: Jul 5, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Did you know that fast food chains like McDonald's and Wendy's are just carrying on the noble tradition started by Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson?

Posted on: Jul 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

According to Stephen Colbert on the Daily Show, they're reaching out to traditional Dem groups like "blacks, Hispanics, and pornographers."

Posted on: Jul 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

For better or worse, and in the face of major opposition in the countries involved, the Senate approved CAFTA this morning.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Please. Stop flushing the toilet.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A proposed development in New Hampshire has at least one judge feeling uneasy.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

President Bush and the hardline conservative Iranian president-elect may not just be enemies on the world stage. They may be soul mates.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Supremes say your BitTorrents may or may not be illegal. Chalk it up as a partial win for the RIAA.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Why not produce food where it will be used?

Posted on: Jun 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Although conservative writer Brian Anderson capitalized on the raucous basic-cable sitcom as a perfect example of what real Republican voters are like...

Posted on: Jun 23, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A global movement has rejected the Enron business model in favor of an entrepreneurial spirit that is changing the planet.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Global warming deniers beware – that means you, Rush! – or you may end up the recipient of a new award given to those who belittle the very real threat of global warming.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet

As an alternative to fast-food culture, a group that celebrates the small, the local and the gourmet is making large strides.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The 13th annual Bioneers Conference showcases the leading lights in environmental activism and progressive politics.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

This year's Goldman Prize winners are working to reinvent human civilization as a sustainable, life-affirming enterprise.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

What to expect and how to prepare if you want to withhold your hard-earned cash from the Pentagon. PLUS: <A HREF="">The Noble American Tradition of Tax Resistance</A>.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The peace movement's newest tactic is a "Virtual March," that aims to bury Capitol Hill in a landslide of antiwar messages.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2002, Source: AlterNet

This week's GN/BN has your standard biotech griping, some new logging ridiculousness, and some great new developments in destroying Alaskan nature.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2002, Source: AlterNet

O Canada/Our home and native land/You pass Kyoto/You make our hearts glow/If not for you/It's all Bad News...

Posted on: Dec 9, 2002, Source: AlterNet

While the Bush Administration continues to push dangerous, toxic and unsustainable energy on the nation, some groups around the country are working to make the most of the sun's power.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Grocery stores make good choices, President Bush makes bad choices. That's the simplification of GN/BN this week.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet

There's no news like horrifying Bad News.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

<a href="">Last week's column</a> was overwhelmingly optimistic. People were surprised and concerned. Have no fear, as this week we've gone back to our normal bleakness. Carry on.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Showing that good things can happen despite (or as well as) very, very bad things, there's been a surprising amount of good news this election week.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2002, Source: AlterNet

In the hopes that massive populist rage will bring out the enviro vote, we're only giving you the Bad News this week. Don't worry, you aren't missing much in the way of Good News.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2002, Source: AlterNet

We're up to our necks in <a href="">Bioneers</a> preparations, so this week's GN/BN is short but sweet.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Actual Good News in the form of water rights and GM-food laws, and a special bonus: WTF-themed Bad News!

Posted on: Oct 2, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Ice meteors, Acts of God, Bush's reign of terror: All this and more in Good News/Bad News this week.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Banning cannibalism, raising fuel efficiency, eating whale meat: it's all in a week's work for Good News/Bad News.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A new report details how the World Bank funds deadly incinerator projects worldwide, while World Bank officials oppose them in their own backyards.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The Bush Administration is trying to figure out a way to dump more depleted uranium on Iraq. Meanwhile, we keep plugging away at the sording enviro news...

Posted on: Sep 11, 2002, Source: AlterNet

This is our first and only warning: if the world doesn't start improving, we're going to drop the pretense of "Good News" from this column ... Thank you.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

For some reason, we've got a heap of movie references in this week's GN/BN. Perhaps we're escaping the dreary reality of governmental obstinance in the face of global warming? Or do we just like popcorn?

Posted on: Aug 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

In solidarity with the overwhelming power of business interests at the World Summit in Johannesburg, GN/BN has switched over to the Dark Side.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2002, Source: AlterNet

As the World Summit on Sustainable Development gears up in Johannesburg, we at GN/BN invite you to join us in the muck of current enviro news.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Instead of radioactive winged monkeys, this week's GN/BN finds us getting some progress on GMO foods, funky funghi, and urban pollution.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Making Beijing green, doing unto corporations, and Dow against Dow: What a week it's been for Good News/Bad News...

Posted on: Jul 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The main good news this week is that Good News is back in style. After last week's dizzying defeat at the hands of Bad News, GN has returned to barely edge BN out for the lead, 9-7.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2002, Source: AlterNet

From Yucca Mountain to Mad Chicken Disease, this week's roundup is definitely slanted toward the Dark Side.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Welcome to the first issue of Good News/Bad News, a weekly roundup of environmental and health stories that you may not have seen in the paper or on TV.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A new report linking birth defects and health risks with a chemical used in trendy cosmetics, gives a long overdue wake-up call to the FDA, consumers and the beauty industry.