How Politics Buries Science in Landslide Mapping


Originally Published at NBC News – The six geologists were just starting their work, climbing the mountains of Western North Carolina to map the debris left behind by landslides over millions of years, when the political footing gave way beneath them. Opposition had been building from real estate agents, from home builders planning subdivisions, and then from politicians. When all that energy was released, the science was crushed flat.

Interpol Targets Criminals Who Subvert Carbon Markets

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Interpol Targets Criminals Who Subvert Carbon MarketsOriginally published by Environment News Service (ENS) – LYON, France, August 12, 2013 – Securities fraud, insider trading, embezzlement, money laundering and cybercrime – the intangible nature of the global carbon trading markets puts them at risk for exploitation by criminal networks, according to a new law enforcement guide produced by Interpol.

Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Highlights and Reactions

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President Obama at Georgetown University. Credit: White House. Originally published by Environment News Service – “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society,” declared President Barack Obama today at Georgetown University, taking aim at climate change deniers as he laid out his National Climate Action Plan. “As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act.”