In Depth

VP candidates’ green (and not-so-green) records

Joe Biden and Sarah Palin on the environment

By Sarah Parsons

With every ecophile out there having gone over the presidential candidates’ environmental records with a fine-toothed comb, it’s time to take a look at how their running mates measure up. Click here to check out our chart comparing Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

Bill McKibben envisions the first year in office for our next Climate Change President

What the next American leader needs to do to deal with global warming

By Bill McKibben

Illustration by Barry Bruner

The election campaign has (unofficially) lasted almost two years. It’s featured endless discussions on health care, the housing crisis, and who should get blamed for something their minister said. But when we elect a new leader, among his very first jobs will be figuring out how to deal with global warming. He almost certainly won’t want it to rise to the top of his to-do list, but it will. He who comes next is the Climate Change President. Continue reading Bill McKibben envisions the first year in office for our next Climate Change President

A Solution to Overgrazing

The Quivira Coalition brings together cattle ranchers and environmentalists to help preserve Western grasslands

By Ragan Sutterfield

Quivira Coalition co-founder Courtney White

In the 1990s, ranchers and environmentalists in the west were at each others’ throats. For decades, the ranchers had been granted permits by the federal government to graze cattle beyond their property lines so they could raise enough steers to make ends meet. But the Western grasslands are a brittle environment, and after years of overgrazing the land was showing signs of stress: Grasslands were turning into deserts, invasive plants were moving in from Mexico, and crucial topsoil was eroding. On some ranches, fences could be seen floating in the air over gullies ten feet deep.

Continue reading A Solution to Overgrazing

The world's greenest museum

The Platinum-LEED-certified California Academy of Sciences opens its doors to the public

By Emily Wilson

California Academy of Sciences roof

Standing on the newly remodeled California Academy of Sciences' living roof, senior curator and botanist Frank Almeda points out some of the cutting-edge environmental design features of the roof’s 2.5 acres: native plants that draw birds and butterflies, skylights that regulate the inside temperature and provide heat for the coral reef and rainforest, and the seven layers of the roof that absorb rainwater and prevent runoff. But the most exciting aspect, Almeda thinks, is that the roof, an exhibit in itself, offers an appealing way for people to learn.

“We’re creating a landscape that’s dynamic,” he says. “I love the educational facet to this roof. It attracts people as well as different species. They’re seeing things they can tell stories about when they go home.” 

Continue reading The world's greenest museum

An insider's perspective on big game hunting in America

As the country scrutinizes Governor Palin's moose credentials, one wilderness-loving huntsman makes a case for the sport

By Steven Rinella

Last fall I traveled to my annual caribou-hunting grounds in the central Alaskan Arctic. I took the trip in mid-October, though I usually like to go about six weeks earlier, when air temperatures climb into the fifties and sixties during the day and then drop toward freezing at night. That makes for perfect hunting weather: It’s warm enough for biting insects, which annoy the caribou and keep them moving and visible, but cold enough to prevent large quarters of meat from spoiling (so long as they’re kept dry beneath a tarp and propped up on a bed of willows for air flow). As I found out, though, mid-October is a whole other story. Continue reading An insider's perspective on big game hunting in America
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