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Plant Messiah Among the Living DeadrconniffPlant Messiah Cover

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:13:53 +0000

by Richard Conniff/Wall Street Journal Not long ago, while teaching a couple of college courses about the natural world, I plucked a random selection of tree leaves on my way into class and asked my students to identify them. These were Yale and Wesleyan students, all highly educated and aware of the world around them—and […]

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Can We Fix Climate Change by Pumping More Oil?rconniff

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:02:01 +0000

by Richard Conniff/Yale Environment 360 At first glance, it sounds like something cooked up after too many martinis by a K Street lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry: Take legislation making it more profitable for oil companies to pump oil, and easier for coal-fired power plants to continue to operate — and then sell it […]

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It’s Time for a Carbon Tax on Beefrconniff

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:04:31 +0000

by Richard Conniff/The New York Times Let me admit up front that I would rather be eating a cheeseburger right now. Or maybe trying out a promising new recipe for Korean braised short ribs. But our collective love affair with beef, dating back more than 10,000 years, has gone wrong, in so many ways. And […]

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Bill McKibben: Green Mountain Manrconniff

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:01:08 +0000

by Richard Conniff/Yankee Magazine It’s a mid-September afternoon, and Bill McKibben—author, climate change activist, nemesis of the fossil fuel industry, cross-country skiing addict, devotee of small-town New England life, and drinker of local beers, in more or less that order—is at the wheel of his electric-blue plug-in hybrid, heading north out of Providence. He and […]

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Guns Kill Kids in Cities, Too. Green Spaces Could Be Part of the Fix.rconniff

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 22:03:04 +0000

by Richard Conniff/Scientific American Outrage over school shootings has dominated headlines, not just because the victims are children, but also because the shootings occur so randomly and in places—Parkland, FL, Newtown, CT– where it once seemed such a thing could never happen. It’s harder to stir a national debate about the persistent and far larger […]

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How Forest Certification Failsrconniff

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:44:52 +0000

by Richard Conniff/Yale Environment 360 When the Forest Stewardship Council got its start in 1993, it seemed to represent a triumph of market-based thinking over plodding command-and-control government regulation. Participants in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit had failed to reach agreement on government intervention to control rampant tropical deforestation. Instead, environmental organizations, social movements, and […]

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Gaining Ground in the Fight to Stop Illegal Loggingrconniff

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:10:15 +0000

by Richard Conniff/The New York Times Strange as it may sound, we have arrived at a moment of hope for the world’s forests. It is, admittedly, hope of a jaded variety: After decades of hand-wringing about rampant destruction of forests almost everywhere, investigators have recently demonstrated in extraordinary detail that much of this logging is […]

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The Deadly Myth of Clean Coalrconniff

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:06:38 +0000

With Donald Trump preaching the myth of “clean coal,” this piece from 2008 is timely again. Profitable lies, like cats, seem to have multiple lives. by Richard Conniff/Yale Environment 360 You have to hand it to the folks at R&R Partners. They’re the clever advertising agency that made its name luring legions of suckers to Las […]

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This Makes Me Want to Eat Pancakes. (But It’s Only Thursday.)rconniff

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:59:22 +0000

by Richard Conniff I’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking about piranhas and what they eat. In fact, I wrote a book called Swimming With Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals. And, yes, I have also spent a fair amount of time swimming with piranhas. So naturally this caught […]

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