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The ‘Greening’ of Christianity Is Not Actually Happening

Despite two decades of preaching, self-identified Christians are hardly acting as stewards of the Earth.

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How Much Carbon Did You Emit Today?

New research suggests a reminder may inspire more environmentally friendly behavior.

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The Poor Regulation of the Fracking Industry

In Ohio, where gas drilling is booming and toxic waste abundant, legislators acted modestly to address concerns about public safety.

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The Eco-Unfriendly Appeal of a Lush Green Lawn

New research from Arizona finds we associate traditional, water-intensive landscaping with high social status.

The Future of Money

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When It Comes to Solar Power, the Market Is Finally Making Environmentalism Easy

The price of this renewable energy source is now competitive with older, dirtier alternatives—and getting cheaper by the day.

Go Outside

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Why Don’t We Have a National Park to Protect Native Grasslands?

It might be the only way for our National Park Service to nurture the kind of ecological awareness required for a genuine environmental ethic.

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What’s Wild? The Battle for Nature in the 21st Century

It’s conservationist against conservationist as those that care most about biodiversity and wilderness argue over the best way to manage and protect what little we have left.

 

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Environmentalism? Perhaps. Environmentalists? Ewww!

Canadian researchers report people hold negative views of political and social activists, and their unwillingness to associate with such people dampens the likelihood of changing their behavior.

 

Who is Bombing Mexico’s Nanotech Labs?

 

Chiapas’ Coffee Growers: Accidental Environmentalists

Kristian Beadle steps off a rickety bus in southern Mexico and finds a traditional coffee-growing culture that suits modern sustainability efforts admirably.

 

Three Reasons for Creating a Single Ocean Health Index

As the gross domestic product shows us, a single number that represents the health of a complex and dynamic system can have amazing and perhaps unexpected power.

 

Marketing the Mystery of the Giant Squid

We don’t really know if the giant squid is endangered, but this animal still could inspire protection of the world’s invertebrates.

 

‘If a Tree Falls’ Revisits the Earth Liberation Front

PBS looks at the radical environmentalists whose turn to terrorism discredited their quixotic campaign in “If a Tree Falls.”

 

Teaching Kids to Love Nature (and Buy Less Stuff)

A new book, “The Failure of Environmental Education,” says schools are failing to teach kids how to save the planet.

 

Budget Hawks, Enviro Doves Offer Budget Cuts

As the U.S. Congress prepares to weigh a new round of massive budget cuts mandated by this summer’s deal on the deficit, some odd bedfellows offer a suite of suggestions for saving green by being green.

 

U.S. Pledges to Reform Electronics Recycling

The U.S. announced a new plan for electronics stewardship, with the goal of less waste, voluntary cooperation by industry and less hazardous materials in landfills both here and in developing countries.

 

Why E-Waste Should Be Kept, Recycled in U.S.

Rather than shipping unloved laptops and TVs to the Third World for a dirty form of salvage, advocates call for keeping e-waste at home for recycling.

 

Fireworks: Beautiful, Thrilling … Toxic?

Several recent studies link fireworks to potential health or environmental problems, particularly when they’re used in sports arenas or over bodies of water.

 

Green Habits Stay Home on Vacation

People who are environmentally responsible in their everyday lives seem to cast aside their green habits when traveling for leisure, a study notes.

 

The Last Mountain: A Scary Movie About … Coal

In his film review of “The Last Mountain,” Lewis Beale describes a horror flick about environmental degradation and predatory capitalism.

 

Environmental Footprints May Produce Backlash

New research suggests being informed of one’s environmental footprint can have the opposite of the intended effect.

 

Solar Showdown: Are New Solar Power Projects Anti-Environmental?

Big money, big energy and big environmentalism join forces to support big solar energy projects on federal land in the Southwest. But could these “green” projects actually be anti-environmental boondoggles in the making?

 

Teaching Sustainability Has Benefits for Big Business

Companies ranging from banks and defense contractors to organic yogurt makers reap benefits by creating a corps of sustainable-savvy employees.

 

As Environment Degrades, Our Well-Being Grows?

The environment is faltering even as measurements show human well-being is improving. How long can that last?

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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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