Weird Weather -- Weirder Politics
If you think the weather's been getting more peculiar lately, it's not just your imagination.
For decades, the trend has been toward more days of increasingly extreme weather, and 2011 was probably the worst year for weather-related natural disasters worldwide since Noah built his ark. Climate disruption is already costing billions of dollars and killing thousands of people.
Unfortunately, most of the candidates stumping during an almost snowless New Hampshire primary campaign aren't ready to acknowledge the problem, much less propose solutions.
Three Cheers for New Mercury Protections
On December 21, the Obama administration and the EPA announced the first federal protections against mercury emissions from power plants.
Twenty years in the making, these groundbreaking protections will prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks a year, and 130,000 cases of childhood asthma and 6,300 cases of acute bronchitis. They will also create jobs and spur clean-energy innovation.
Thank President Obama for standing strong on mercury pollution.
Big Coal's Puppets' War on the EPA
More than 75 percent of Americans support the Environmental Protection Agency's work to keep our air and water clean. Just last December, the Clean Air Act was updated to allow the EPA to reduce mercury pollution for the first time, ensuring our children grow up in a safer world.
But what do the Republican presidential candidates have to say about the EPA? You'll be amazed. Watch this video to find out!
Street Art or Magazine Cover?
To create Sierra magazine's January/February cover, Oakland artist Eddie Colla used water-based acrylic paints and three large sheets of paper, which he affixed to a worn brick industrial building.
Watch our behind-the-scenes video to find out how the cover was made and to see more of Colla's work.
Wyoming's Wolves Need Help
Gray wolves are majestic icons of the Rocky Mountains, but they have struggled for more than a century to survive hunting and habitat destruction.
Now they're making a comeback, but a deal that the Obama administration just made with the state of Wyoming could reverse that -- wolves in most of the state could be chased to exhaustion and gunned down by anyone at any time.
Tell the administration that we need a responsible plan -- based on sound science instead of politics -- for managing Wyoming's wolf population.
Green Trendsetter: Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria, who plays the self-involved Gabrielle Solis on ABC's Desperate Housewives, speaks with The Green Life blog about the extracurricular projects that set her far apart from her shallow onscreen persona.
Longoria is the executive producer of The Harvest, a new documentary about young migrant laborers on U.S. farms. She's also a restaurateur and cookbook author who's committed to sustainable foods.
Protect the Polar Bear Seas
Big Oil wants to drill in the Polar Bear Seas of the Arctic, home to 20 percent of the world's polar bears as well as wildlife like beluga whales, ice seals, and migratory birds. An oil spill in this area would be impossible to clean up.
Tell the Obama administration that we just can't take this risk with one of our most amazing and fragile wild places.