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Degeneration Nation 2018: The Darkest Hour

Degeneration Nation 2018: The Darkest Hour

“They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn.” — Bob Dylan, 1975, Blood on the Tracks The Darkest Hour: Degeneration Welcome to Degeneration Nation 2018. The frightening truth is that our “profit-at-any-cost” economy and global empire, run by and for the one percent and multi-national corporations, aided and abetted by an out-of-control Congress […]

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    Let’s Make 2018 the Year We Rise Up and Regenerate!

    Let’s Make 2018 the Year We Rise Up and Regenerate!

    “…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” — Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays. It was a soil scientist who reminded me recently […]

    Creating a Sustainable Future: 5 Essential Reads

    Creating a Sustainable Future: 5 Essential Reads

    By Jennifer Weeks Much news about the environment in 2017 focused on controversies over Trump administration actions, such as proposals to promote more use of coal and budget cuts at relevant federal agencies. At the same time, however, many scholars across the U.S. are pursuing innovations that could help create a more sustainable world. Here […]

    10 Ways to Be a Better Environmental Steward in 2018

    10 Ways to Be a Better Environmental Steward in 2018

    Protecting the natural environment may seem overwhelming with increased natural disasters, melting sea ice, and threatened wildlife. But your choices can truly go a long way for your community and your health. Here are ten ways to be a better steward in 2018 and help others do the same! 1. Reduce the Carbon Footprint of […]

    What Does U.S. Withdrawal From UNESCO Mean for the Environment?

    What Does U.S. Withdrawal From UNESCO Mean for the Environment?

    By Giovanni Ortolani The U.S. is quitting UNESCO, the United Nations organization that coordinates international efforts to foster peace and sustainable development, and to eradicate poverty. The Trump administration made the announcement on Oct. 12. The withdrawal takes effect Dec. 31, 2018, and the U.S. will remain a full member until then. “This decision was […]

    Soil Management: Key to Fighting Climate Change?

    Soil Management: Key to Fighting Climate Change?

    An important tool for mitigating climate change may lie beneath our feet—soil management could increase our ability to keep carbon out of the atmosphere, a new study shows. A paper published last week in the journal Scientific Reports estimates that by altering land use practices, the top layer of soil around the globe could increase […]

    62 Natural Wonders of the World at Risk From Climate Change

    62 Natural Wonders of the World at Risk From Climate Change

    By Joe McCarthy The marshy expanses of the Everglades in Southern Florida contain hundreds of species of animals, including flamingos, alligators and manatees. Clusters of mangroves span its coastline, acting as ecosystem hubs, and if you take a boat through the region, you’ll see countless plants that are native to the area. But the Everglades, […]

    How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

    How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

    By David Burton Under the 2015 Paris agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts […]