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Rocky Barker retires from daily journalism after 43 years
Friday May 18th 2018, 10:54 PM

Environmental journalist Rocky Barker will retire from the Idaho Statesman on May 25, 2018. He has spent 22 years covering environmental issues and politics for the newspaper.

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Steven Pinker’s ideas about progress are fatally flawed.
Friday May 18th 2018, 4:11 PM


Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

, Steven Pinker argues that the human race has never had it so good. These eight graphs show why he’s so wrong.

Thanks to Stanford University Prof. Paul Ehrlich for pointing this out to us. Pinker’s book has been both lauded and pilloried.

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Bill Gates has, for example, effervesced that “It’s my new favorite book of all time.” On the other hand, Pinker has been fiercely excoriated by a wide range of leading thinkers for writing a simplistic, incoherent paean to the dominant world order.

Ehrlich’s comment: “A fine demolition of one of Earth’s most dangerous ‘intellectuals.’”

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This woman fundamentally changed climate science — and you’ve probably never heard of her
Friday May 18th 2018, 4:08 PM

Eunice Foote is finally honored for her contributions 162 years later.

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Meet Vaclav Smil, the man who has quietly shaped how the world thinks about energy
Friday May 18th 2018, 12:43 PM

As the world faces the challenge of curbing climate change, Smil’s work on energy transitions is getting more attention than ever. But his message is not necessarily one of hope.

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Opinion: Jonathan Salk discusses global growth and challenges facing humanity
Friday May 18th 2018, 11:54 AM

Abandoning the values of the past in favor of collaboration and sustainability will benefit the planet.

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Innovative water storage projects aid wildlife, salmon and fishing jobs
Friday May 18th 2018, 11:45 AM

Environmental and fisheries groups have often opposed water storage projects.

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How much of the world’s protected land is actually protected?
Friday May 18th 2018, 11:35 AM

Intense human pressure on areas set aside for preservation could be threatening biodiversity.

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Conservation conundrum: Is focusing on a single species a good strategy?
Friday May 18th 2018, 11:29 AM

Researchers are questioning the fundamental conservation concept that creating and managing protected areas for a single “umbrella” species.

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The entrepreneur making healthy food accessible to her Brooklyn neighborhood
Friday May 18th 2018, 11:25 AM

Frustrated by the limited healthy food options, Francesca Chaney opened Sol Sips, an affordable vegan café.

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BPA bad for children’s hearts, study suggests
Friday May 18th 2018, 11:24 AM

A new study has indicated that bisphenol A (BPA) might have a detrimental effect on developing hearts.

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Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees C helps most species hold their ground
Friday May 18th 2018, 11:23 AM

Holding global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 could help protect tens of thousands of insect, plant and vertebrate species.

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Congo reports first urban case of Ebola. Here’s what that means for the outbreak
Friday May 18th 2018, 11:21 AM

Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak has spread to a city of more than 1 million people, a worrying shift as the deadly virus risks traveling more easily in densely populated areas.

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