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Ice sheets on land in Greenland and Antarctica are melting, adding water to the world's oceans. Photo: NASA

Here’s Why Seas Are Rising. Somebody Remind the Wall Street Journal.

Scott Denning

The science is crystal clear on the causes of sea level rise. A recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal gets it wrong on all counts. Read more >

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Science — The Hidden Gem at the Heart of the EPA and Why You Should Support It

Robert Kavlock

Scott Pruitt’s obvious distaste for science has pushed EPA science into the headlines. Now Pruitt is in the midst of a multi-faceted attack on the scientists themselves. Initially he ignored them, then tried to defund them, and is now attempting to hobble their work. Read more >

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Rep. Lamar Smith Misunderstands Science

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) states that as Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology he seeks facts about climate change, and that his Committee follows “the scientific method.” These are welcome and vitally important positions for a powerful Congressman to take on a topic of such vital national interest. It is essential that scientific evidence be the foundation for legislative action about climate change.

Unfortunately, in his article Mr. Smith does not seek facts or apply the scientific method. Instead, he makes claims that are contrary to established facts, and provides no evidence or analysis to support his assertions as the scientific method requires. Read more >

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¡La Lucha No Se Acaba!: La lucha Continúa por una Transición Justa de la Planta de Carbón de Crawford en La Villita

Dr. Antonio López

El 12 de agosto de 2017, nuestra organización, la Organización de Justicia Ambiental de La Villita (LVEJO por sus siglas en ingles, por sus siglas en inglés), celebró un encuentro en el parque La Villita en el vecindario de La Villita para celebrar el quinto aniversario del cierre de las plantas de carbón Crawford y Fisk en Chicago. La Villita sigue enfrentándose a serios desafíos de justicia ambiental, incluyendo una batalla difícil para reconstruir la planta de carbón de Crawford. Read more >

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New Economic Opportunities in the Heart of Coal Country

Brandon Dennison

This can be the moment when we finally start not just talking about our potential as a region, but actually realizing it. Read more >

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