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The environmental achievements of 2013 show that we can act as good stewards of the planet

Roundup of U.S. Environmental Achievements in 2013

In 2013, concerned people, organizations and companies in the U.S. and around the world helped move environmental causes forward. From new legislation to the protection of habitats and ecosystems, here is a sampling of U.S. environmental achievements in 2013. Environmental success stories A new study showed that a solid majority of Americans accept the reality of global warming and are…

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Earth Day: Saving the Planet is Saving Ourselves

Earth Day 2013 – Not Saving the Earth, Saving Ourselves

Today is Earth Day. You didn’t forget did you? Unfortunately, as Husna Haq writes in the Christian Science Monitor, it may be Earth Day itself that needs saving, not the Earth. Haq cites polls showing that back on the inaugural Earth Day  in 1971, 63 percent of Americans saw restoring the natural environment as “very important.” This year, according to…

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Developing a sense of deep gratitude for our natural environment may be the best means of spurring the required action to live within its boundaries

Environmental Gratitude and Ecological Action

Environmental gratitude is an approach that can help to inspire ecological action. We need a new way of communicating the urgency of environmental action because it is becoming increasingly apparent that standard fact-based approaches are not getting through. Environmental gratitude encompasses an approach that engenders a full compliment of sentiments required to augur change. As reported in Psychology Today, gratitude is a…

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The shifting attitudes and behaviors of US consumers to environmentalism

The Evolution of US Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors

A new report titled “Twenty Year Evolution of Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors” from GfK and SC Johnson is an updated version of the groundbreaking 1990 study, “The Environment: Public Attitudes and Individual Behavior,” executed by the Roper Organization (now a part of GfK).  The SC Johnson research was the precursor to Green Gauge®, the world’s longest-running survey research program probing the appetite…

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sharing the facts with climate change deniers

US Climate Denial versus European and Asian Sustainable Growth

While much of the rest of the world seems to see the dangers of climate change, many Americans appear to be woefully oblivious. Embracing a green, low-carbon economy is a sustainable way of dealing with the problems of resource depletion, economic uncertainty and climate change. Europeans understand the severity of the threat posed by climate change far better than Americans. An…

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Curiosity is so curious. We need more of it

Musings of a Malcontent: Zombies and the Human Condition

Musings of a Malcontent – Posting #2 “Musings of a Malcontent” is a new weekly op-ed by GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Carlyle Coash I realize a little clarification might be helpful going forward. From the trusted Oxford English Dictionary: malcontent Noun – a person who is dissatisfied and rebellious. Adjective – dissatisfied and complaining or rebellious. What’s funny is that I am…

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The nuclear crisis in Japan is the call, once again, of Cassandra

No Nukes is Good Nukes: Cassandra Cries Again

Last week was the 22nd anniversary of Exxon Valdez and the 32nd anniversary of Three Mile Island. This month will mark the 25th anniversary of Chernoybl and the one-year anniversary of the explosion of Deepwater Horizon. Add to the list of horrific unnatural disasters, the current meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Haven’t we learned anything?