Noteworthy News

Don't Waste the Drought
WE’RE in the worst drought in the United States since the 1950s, and we’re wasting it.  Though the drought has devastated corn crops and disrupted commerce on the Mississippi River, it also represents an opportunity to tackle long-ignored water problems and to reimagine how we manage, use and even think about water.
Big agriculture pumps $10 million into anti-GMO-labeling campaign
Major bio-tech companies and manufacturers of household food products, including Campbell Soup, General Mills and Coca-Cola, have pumped almost $10 million into the campaign to defeat Proposition 37, the November statewide ballot initiative to require labels for genetically engineered crops and processed food products.
Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought
By many measurements, this summer’s drought is one for the record books. But so was last year’s drought in the South Central states. And it has been only a decade since an extreme five-year drought hit the American West. Widespread annual droughts, once a rare calamity, have become more frequent and are set to become the “
The Search for Energy Takes a Turn Underwater
The fearsome tides that sweep out from the easternmost shores of the United States have for more than 80 years teased engineers and presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt, who have dreamed of harnessing their force to make electricity.
Hottest Month On Record: July 2012
July 2012 was officially not only the warmest July on record, but also the warmest month ever recorded for the lower 48 states, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.
The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic
CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the
Responsible Shoppers, but Bad Citizens?
When you stay in a hotel, you reuse your towel. When you shop for detergent, you reach for something nontoxic. But do small acts like these lead to further steps, or just check the “good deed” box for the day and distract from real activism? Is environmentally responsible spending effective or just a distraction?
BEYOND 7 BILLION | THE BIGGEST GENERATION
Fertility rates fall, but global population explosion goes on Global birthrates are falling. But with many in their fertile years and political and cultural forces against contraception, the population explosion is far from over.  
Searching for Clues to Calamity
  Searching for Clues to Calamity SO far 2012 is on pace to be the hottest year on record. But does this mean that we’ve reached a threshold — a tipping point that signals a climate disaster?
The U.S. is the most environmentally sustainable country in the world, except all the others
A bit of optimism to end your week. Wait. Not optimism. The other thing.