State of the Planet

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  • High Levels of Lead Contaminate Many Backyards in Brooklyn Neighborhood

    High Levels of Lead Contaminate Many Backyards in Brooklyn Neighborhood

    An ongoing study finds that 92 percent of private yards in Greenpoint may have unsafe levels of lead in their soil.

  • Resisting the Deregulation of Environmental Protection

    Resisting the Deregulation of Environmental Protection

    Today we have an EPA Administrator who is willfully and aggressively deregulating elements of environmental protection. We need to resist federal cutbacks in environmental protection policies and programs, while also continuing to keep our eye on the daily, operational tasks of creating sustainable economy.

  • Save EPA

    Save EPA

    Until now, Administrator Pruitt has been an enemy of EPA, but he has a chance to change the narrative and demonstrate that his conservative principles are consistent with the goals of environmental protection. I hope he decides to save EPA and serve the American people.

  • The Importance of Regulating Lead in Drinking Water

    The Importance of Regulating Lead in Drinking Water

    Many schools are being tested for lead in their water. But what about the libraries, hospitals, offices and old apartment buildings? As I observe the new president and his EPA designee, I worry about the adverse effect deregulating environmental protection would have on our families. There is more work to do if we are to…

  • Ideology and Environmental Protection

    Ideology and Environmental Protection

    With the phrase “climate change” disappearing from U.S. federal government websites and increased talk of regulatory overreach, it is obvious that protecting the environment will continue to be a fault line in American political ideology. However, though ideology will shape the nature and speed of response, the environmental problem is real and cannot be ignored.

  • Environmental Science and Speaking Truth to Power

    Environmental Science and Speaking Truth to Power

    Denying the science of global warming is absurd, but accepting the science of climate change does not require decision-makers to accept the policy prescriptions of climate scientists.

  • Environment, Jobs, and President-Elect Trump

    Environment, Jobs, and President-Elect Trump

    While many people around the world are concerned about President-elect Trump’s threat to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, I am far more concerned about the possible signal to American corporations and jurisdictions that enforcement of our air, water, and toxic rules would be relaxed under EPA’s new administrator.

  • Sustainability Policy Is Taking Hold in China

    I left China encouraged by the widespread receptivity to the theory and practice of sustainability, but aware of the huge challenge that lies ahead. As we flew from Guiyang to Beijing for the return flight home, I looked down and saw a countryside dotted with scores of windmills. The transition from a coal-based economy to…

  • The Pope’s Challenge on Climate Change

    The Pope’s Challenge on Climate Change

    Pope Francis’s broad-ranging encyclical warns that we are destroying our common home and face an immense and urgent challenge to protect it. But it goes far beyond just the subject of climate change, calling for a holistic and sustainable future.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • High Levels of Lead Contaminate Many Backyards in Brooklyn Neighborhood

    High Levels of Lead Contaminate Many Backyards in Brooklyn Neighborhood

    An ongoing study finds that 92 percent of private yards in Greenpoint may have unsafe levels of lead in their soil.

  • Resisting the Deregulation of Environmental Protection

    Resisting the Deregulation of Environmental Protection

    Today we have an EPA Administrator who is willfully and aggressively deregulating elements of environmental protection. We need to resist federal cutbacks in environmental protection policies and programs, while also continuing to keep our eye on the daily, operational tasks of creating sustainable economy.

  • Save EPA

    Save EPA

    Until now, Administrator Pruitt has been an enemy of EPA, but he has a chance to change the narrative and demonstrate that his conservative principles are consistent with the goals of environmental protection. I hope he decides to save EPA and serve the American people.

  • The Importance of Regulating Lead in Drinking Water

    The Importance of Regulating Lead in Drinking Water

    Many schools are being tested for lead in their water. But what about the libraries, hospitals, offices and old apartment buildings? As I observe the new president and his EPA designee, I worry about the adverse effect deregulating environmental protection would have on our families. There is more work to do if we are to…

  • Ideology and Environmental Protection

    Ideology and Environmental Protection

    With the phrase “climate change” disappearing from U.S. federal government websites and increased talk of regulatory overreach, it is obvious that protecting the environment will continue to be a fault line in American political ideology. However, though ideology will shape the nature and speed of response, the environmental problem is real and cannot be ignored.

  • Environmental Science and Speaking Truth to Power

    Environmental Science and Speaking Truth to Power

    Denying the science of global warming is absurd, but accepting the science of climate change does not require decision-makers to accept the policy prescriptions of climate scientists.

  • Environment, Jobs, and President-Elect Trump

    Environment, Jobs, and President-Elect Trump

    While many people around the world are concerned about President-elect Trump’s threat to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, I am far more concerned about the possible signal to American corporations and jurisdictions that enforcement of our air, water, and toxic rules would be relaxed under EPA’s new administrator.

  • Sustainability Policy Is Taking Hold in China

    I left China encouraged by the widespread receptivity to the theory and practice of sustainability, but aware of the huge challenge that lies ahead. As we flew from Guiyang to Beijing for the return flight home, I looked down and saw a countryside dotted with scores of windmills. The transition from a coal-based economy to…

  • The Pope’s Challenge on Climate Change

    The Pope’s Challenge on Climate Change

    Pope Francis’s broad-ranging encyclical warns that we are destroying our common home and face an immense and urgent challenge to protect it. But it goes far beyond just the subject of climate change, calling for a holistic and sustainable future.