Category Archives: Politics

Biofuels and sustainability: the pros weigh in

Tweet The Ecological Society of America, the Nation’s leading body of professional ecological scientists (of which I am a proud member), has released a position statement on biofuels sustainability.  The full text is here.  Because these are highly important issues … Continue reading

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Happy green New Year

Tweet Allow me to join the venerable Archbishop of Canterbury in wishing everyone a Happy, and green, New Year.  The Archbishop has just released his New Year’s message to the faithful on, yes, YouTube (the times, verily, are a-changin’).  As reported by The … Continue reading

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Declining ocean health: It’s the economy, stupid

Tweet I know, I used the same subtitle for another recent post.  But I’m not recycling titles out of laziness — well, not entirely anyway. I do so here to highlight the simple, yet perversely (and perhaps intentionally) misunderstood theme whose … Continue reading

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Family values and the environment

Tweet And now, as the Pythons would say, for something completely different.  Not even quite sure where to file this one. Have you noticed that houses are getting bigger, with more bathrooms, and more, bigger cars out front, and fewer … Continue reading

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Dispatch from Bali

Tweet [Editor’s note:  This dispatch comes from my colleague Dr. Timmons Roberts, Acting Director of the Program in Environmental Science and Policy and Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary. His co-authored book “A Climate of Injustice” … Continue reading

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Abstinence-only: the Bush administration’s approach to science

Tweet It is not science that the Bush administration has been advertising as the target of their much touted abstinence-only programs over the last seven years. Not publicly at least.  But it may as well have been.  It turns out … Continue reading

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Carnival of the Blue 7

Tweet Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, and all the ships at sea: The Natural Patriot is honored to present the 7th monthly episode of the Carnival of the Blue, continuing a hallowed tradition initiated just six short moons ago … Continue reading

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The pride of Finland, the shame of America

Tweet Fifteen-year-olds in Finland are tops in the world.  In terms of science literacy, that is.  That’s according to a survey soon to be released by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the summary of which can be found … Continue reading

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Presidential debate: Faith of our Fathers(?)

Tweet Flipping through the channels just now, I come upon the latest Republican version of that spectacle we call the presidential “debate”.  If you cut your teeth on constant kaleidoscopic multimedia and had internet in your kindergarten class, as today’s … Continue reading

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Focus the Nation

Tweet We’ve stepped it up.  We’ve watched and discussed An Inconvenient Truth.  We’ve listened intently to the news of the IPCC’s recent Synthesis Report on climate change.  We’ve switched out our light bulbs to compact fluorescents and are doggedly swimming, … Continue reading

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