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Renewable Roundup: Understanding how cooperation works

To create More and Better Democrats means to increase cooperation. Punishing cooperation, even among themselves, is the declared Republican mission. The Evolution of Cooperation, by Robert Axelrod, says they lose, and recommends strategies to make it happen faster. What we want to know, of course, is when and how they lose, and how those strategies speed […]

August 19th

Death Valley endures record-breaking 130ºF

The temperature in eastern California’s Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet, hit a potentially record-breaking 130ºF on Sunday, according to a preliminary reading—an event that led alarmed activists and scientists to reiterate calls for urgent global action to combat the climate crisis. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “We are in a […]

August 18th

Trump Admin pushes forward with ‘Deeply Damaging’ plan for oil drilling in ANWR

Environmental advocates vowed to sue the U.S. Department of Interior following its announcement Monday that the Trump administration has finalized plans to auction off oil and gas leasing rights in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). “The door is being flung wide open for oil and gas drilling to impose irreversible harm to one of America’s […]

August 17th

Atomic bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, some of the individuals who survived the horror of nuclear detonation are speaking out against the continued proliferation of nuclear energy. By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams With strong backing from President Shinzo Abe, Japan is restarted […]

August 6th

We nuked American kids, too: Downwind from the bomb

With the Trump Administration discussing restarting atomic testing after 57 years, it seemed like a good idea to bring back this piece I wrote for Albany, NY’s CAPITAL magazine in 1987. Unfortunately, none of the issues I raised here have changed at all.  By Jeremy Bloom & Bill Heller Great discoveries are often made by […]

August 6th

150 attacks on science and counting: Trump administration’s anti-science actions hurt people and communities nationwide

Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out during its 3½ years in power. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have been tracking these attacks on science since day one and our tracker has now hit a new, […]

August 3rd

A look at why environmentalism is so homogeneous – and how organizations might cultivate genuine diversity

As a child growing up in Los Angeles, Erynn Castellanos would spend hours exploring her grandmother’s backyard garden, an oasis of greenery filled with oranges, sugarcane, yerba buena, guava and herbs. “Playing with my brother and cousins in my grandmother’s backyard, climbing the trees, and trying different fruits — those experiences made me appreciate natural spaces,” […]

August 2nd