Emily Badger

Is Understanding Climate Change An Economic Luxury?

Environmentalists, scientists, and pollsters have devoted a lot of ink and energy over the last few years assessing a curious trend in perceptions about climate change. Several years ago, the American public appeared to start rejecting the idea of climate change: poll after poll showed concern over the problem tailing off and suspicion of the science behind it rising.

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Are Conservatives More Fearful Than Liberals?

The tone of this year’s Republican presidential primary (which now seems destined to last much longerthan Mitt Romney had been planning) seems sort of, well, fearful. One after the other, these would-be presidents have warned of looming threats — war with Iran, economic collapse, class warfare, social disintegration, illegal immigration — and have sought to position themselves as the best candidate for the job of protecting America.

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Will the FCC Ever Do Its Job and Take on the Telecoms?

FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker announced earlier this month that she’s leaving the agency for a job as the senior vice president of government affairs for Comcast-NBC Universal. The decision wasn’t particularly surprising or even unusual. Public servants exit government all the time for K Street suites where their expertise is more profitable.

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Do School Lunches Plump Up Poor Kids?

Students who participate in the National School Lunch Program are more likely to come from lower-income families or families with two working parents who don’t have time to pack a brown-bag lunch the night before. Those same students, as a quick glance around many school cafeterias this fall will show, are also more likely to be overweight.

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Virginia AG and Tea Party Favorite Sues Scientist for Studying Climate Change

Virginia’s recently elected attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, has his hand in just about every divisive issue of the day. He is leading his own charge against the constitutionality of the health care bill, he is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to block it from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and he is tussling with state universities over whether they can bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Obama Has Gone Contest Crazy

In late 2008, the Obama inaugural committee announced a classic contest straight out of Super Bowl sweepstakes season: Submit an essay on what this inauguration means to you, and you and a guest could win an all-expenses-paid trip to this once-in-a-lifetime event!

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Want to Inspire Action on Climate Change? What We Need Is a Little Salesmanship and Psychology

Sometime in the last decade, as mainstream science has outlined the man-made causes of climate change and as much of society has begun to accept that view, global warming has turned into a people problem as much as a technical and scientific one.

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Going Green Means Having Fewer Kids

Andrew Revkin, an environmental reporter for The New York Times and author of the paper's Dot Earth blog, warns that the math is pretty depressing.

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Why Diversity on the Dinner Plate Is Becoming an Endangered Species

Americans once grew and ate 15,000 varieties of apple, each different in name, taste and texture. What's left today are about 10 percent of those varieties, the rest consigned to a fate people seldom associate with food.

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Just What Is a Green Job Anyway?

Barack Obama has been busy talking about one of his primary pre-election goals, energy independence, in mid-recession terms, with the creation of millions of proposed "green jobs." The phrase suggests two elements long considered at odds with each other -- the economy and the environment -- may in fact have a common and even co-dependent set of solutions.

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