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The Wrong Enemy

2009-03-31 09:23:20

While reading an article on oil company taxation in the Wall Street Journal, I ran across a quote from Treasury Secretary Geithner that crystallized my growing impression that the administration has misinterpreted its own mantra on energy and is training its "friend or foe" radar on the wrong enemy...

Social Media for Scientists

2008-11-07 12:55:47

Towards the end of October, I received a flurry of emails asking me to check out new social networking sites for scientists.

Obama's Top Priority: Spark a New Energy Economy

2008-11-03 13:37:00

Barack Obama's top priority if elected president is to launch an Apollo-style national project to build a new, clean energy economy. That's what he told Time magazine reporter Joe Klein last week.

The Ph.D. dance

2008-10-20 10:13:57

In February, John Bohannon ("The Gonzo Scientist") reported on the results of the first Dance Your Ph.D. contest. The video below is from Ruth Gruetzbauch. She is dancing "The eventful life of galaxies in low density environments". You can see more of the winning dances in the dance gallery at Science...

Electrify America: The Founders Were Right, Let's Look to France!

2008-07-25 11:14:07

"The French are most advanced in all manner of Arts, and refined Conversation, and in the Use of electric Cars." - Thomas Jefferson, personal correspondence, 1786. In honor of Independence Day, let's take a moment here to reflect on two of our greatest Founding Fathers - Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin...

911 Dog to be Cloned--It Won't Be the Same Dog

2008-07-08 13:29:40

A dog that sniffed out survivors after 9/11 has won a contest to be cloned.

Elizabeth May on Dion's Carbon Tax Plan

2008-06-05 12:10:26

Canadian Green Party leader Elizabeth May discusses the Liberal carbon tax plan and the NDP's negative reaction to it. "I'm disappointed Mr. Layton is on the wrong side of this one.... I am afraid that it has something to do with wanting to hurt the Liberals more than wanting to help the climate...

Ahead of the Curve 2: States Lead on Climate Change

2008-05-29 11:05:36

Part 1 of a 14-minute documentary on state governments' response to the growing threat of climate change.

Obama's Energy Policy

2008-05-23 14:00:45

Sen. Obama, speaking at a rally in Montana, offers a 0 billion energy plan that would support jobs in Indian reservations and across the West, where potential for alternative energy development is high. Obama pledged to cap greenhouse gas emissions and train workers in sustainable-economy jobs.

John McCain on Energy Policy

2008-05-23 14:00:41

Senator McCain in North Bend, Washington on May 13 discussing energy policy and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

UK Scientists Seeks to Ban Creation of "Humanzee"

2008-05-01 13:35:36

The UK is debating a new bill to govern the ethics of creating embryos.

Green Students Fundraise on CBC Morning News

2008-03-13 01:01:12

Corey Berman and Michelle Boigon from Green Students Fundraising speaking live on CBC News Morning with Heather Hiscox on ways to become more energy-efficient at home.

Green Computing

2008-03-11 11:43:13

As companies expand, one of their concerns is restricting their carbon footprint. BBC World interviews Sean Whetstone, head of IT Services at Reed, about the company's recent policies in Australia.

Obama Talks Energy

2008-03-11 11:42:58

Sen. Obama poses a clean energy future as good for the economy as well as national security, proposing a 0 billion investment in renewable energies and energy efficiency to create over 5 million jobs. Sen. Obama voiced his support for a renewable energy tax credit at a rally in Duncanville,...

Green IT

2008-03-04 09:59:35

Mayors adopt energy efficiency and climate protection.

Where Ecological Footprints Fall: Poor Nations Fare Badly

2008-02-18 13:05:00

In the past 50 years, human society has rapidly transformed the environment at a dizzying pace, and poor nations have been made to bear a disproportionate portion of the costs, reports a new study on the distribution of and responsibilities for ecological harm among nations.

Water, Beer, and the White House

2007-12-27 12:05:29

Marc Gunther discusses the topic of climate change in the upcoming 2008 U.S. presidential election.

U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidates on Subsidies for Biofuels

2007-12-27 12:05:18

Christopher Dodd, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton describe how they would address subsidies, conservation, and biofuels at "The Des Moines Register Presidential Debates" in Johnston, Iowa on December 13, 2007. This forum featured six of the Democrat candidates for President: Delaware Sen...

My Predictions for 2008

2007-12-20 13:31:11

Each year the Center for Bioethics and Culture asks me to predict what will happen in the next 12 months regarding the major bioethical and biotechnological controversies of the day.

Time to Ask Congress for a Down Payment on the Future

2007-12-10 10:47:07

The House has a new energy proposal out that you should support. Not because it's perfect, but because it's the right thing to do right now, to recognize the tremendous efforts it required of Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Markey to pull off.

Midwest Climate Pact Generates Little Attention

2007-11-20 11:04:28

Midwest Governors (plus Canadian officials) signed a couple of climate agreements in Milwaukee last Thursday.

Biofuels and Rationality

2007-11-07 11:30:06

There were several studies on biofuels issued last week, while I was away...

Attention Nordhaus and Shellenberger: Time to Call A Cease-Fire!

2007-10-31 17:30:00

In 2004, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger released their provocative and much-discussed essay, "The Death of Environmentalism,"* in which they criticized the environmental movements lack of progress towards global warming solutions and argued that a fundamental shift in philosophy,...

Unsolved Mysteries: The Case of the Tainted Rice

2007-10-30 12:24:36

When government agencies have to announce bad news, they tend to do so on Friday afternoons, so that it will disappear into the often-unread Saturday paper. That?s what USDA did on Oct. 5 when the agency said it cannot explain how the U.S. supply of long-grain rice was tainted by unapproved,...

First 60 Minutes, Now Scientific Journals: Genetic Genealogy in Today's Science

2007-10-25 13:40:07

Today?s issue of Science contains a new look into the world of genetic genealogy. ?The Science and Business of Genetic Ancestry Testing?, led by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, examines the benefits and drawbacks of genetic genealogy.

Inverting Sustainable Development: Rethinking Ecology, Innovation, and Spatial Limits

2007-10-10 12:38:12

The public debate on environmental sustainability seems to be oscillating between two unsound extremes: either radical reforms aimed at dramatic reductions in energy and material flows or a business-as-usual approach that may prove dangerously complacent in the long run.

2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Knockout Mice

2007-10-09 11:09:38

The winners of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine were announced this morning.

CNN/YouTube 2008 Democratic Presidential Debate on energy issues

2007-07-27 09:49:26

This is an extract of the first presidential debate of the 2008 race sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee held in South Carolina on July 23, 2007. This was also the first presidential debate in which the questions were posed by members of public via Internet videos...

?EFSA Is Neither Pro Nor Anti GMO?

2007-07-25 12:06:23

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the keystone of the EU risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. Interview with Suzy Renckens, head of the GMO panel.

?Some People Try to Use Wikipedia for Ideological Purposes?

2007-07-17 13:18:36

B?atrice Roman-Amat is a journalism student at Sciences po Paris. In an interview with she discusses the findings of her study on the soundness of Wikipedia submissions.