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Posted on: Jan 3, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

Ten years of research shows that lobbyists don't get what their clients want as often as people believe, but they do guard the status quo.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2010, Source:

A lack of continuous federal support cripples emerging clean energy industries in the United States.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2010, Source:

Half the world's population lives below the poverty line, despite extreme free-trade policies that were supposed to "lift all boats." It's time to try something new.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2010, Source:

In the not-too-distant future, demand for phosphorus could outstrip supply, playing out a familiar scenario of scarcity, price shocks, riots, starvation and war.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2010, Source:

The Internet has opened up the past and made it fungible with a few keystrokes. The offended know it's physically easy to change a story online.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2009, Source:

Revelations from a european study effort reveal that biased news can have a "time bomb" effect.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2009, Source:

Bone-dry California eases restrictions on greywater use, allowing wastewater from washing machines and bathtubs to spill onto the state's lawns and lemon trees.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2009, Source:

The state has got a plan to cut water use 20 percent by 2020. Is it realistic? And will rate increases spur revolt?

Posted on: Jun 20, 2009, Source:

As California and Australia are finding out, what makes economic sense to farmers may be becoming an environmental problem.

Posted on: May 29, 2009, Source:

The funds needed for water resources are miniscule compared those given to reduce carbon emissions and deal with the global financial crisis.