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The World’s Most Important Environmental Issues & Solutions
Environmental issues are a broad range of problems and topics facing our planet, including climate change, air pollution, water pollution, overpopulation, and resource depletion. Awareness of these issues has been growing in recent years as more people become aware of the damaging effects that human activity can have on the environment and the need to take action to protect it. Conservation movements, environmental policies, and sustainable development are all ways to reduce environmental damage while promoting continued economic development.
50 Years Ago, the Whole Earth Catalog Launched and Reinvented the Environmental Movement
The publication gave rise to a new community of environmental thinkers, where hippies and technophiles found common ground. Environmental issues and awareness.
Andy Kirk, Smithsonian 2018
133 Million Tons of Aerial Garbage
Less than a year before the first Earth Day, a venerable correspondent ruminates on the looming ecological crisis. Environmental issues and awareness.
By Marquis W. Childs, The Pulitzer Prizes, 1969
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States battle the federal government for control of public lands. They both have long trampled on Native American rights.
The Trump administration continues an ignominious pattern of favoring states over Native American interests in determining the fate of public lands like Bears Ears National Monument. Environmental issues and awareness.
Gregory Ablavsky, Washington Post 2017
Climate change poses major threat to United States, new government report concludes
Climate change is already being felt in communities across the United States, and will cause growing harm to the economy, infrastructure, and human and ecological health—unless the United States and other nations take concerted action to reduce emissions of warming gases and adapt to a warmer world. That is the sobering message sent by a major federal report released today that examines climate change impacts on different U.S. regions, economic sectors, and ecosystems.
David Malakoff, Science 2018
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Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity
Norman Borlaug, the agronomist whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution, has saved literally millions of lives, yet he is hardly a household name. Environmental issues and awareness.
Gregg Easterbrook, Atlantic 1997
The A B C of Conservation
Giffort Pinchot, Selected articles on the conservation of natural resources 1909
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America’s First Climate Debate
The environment is an endless source of anxiety in America these days. We worry about greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous wastes in our water supplies and toxic substances in our foods. But compared to the environmental concerns that plagued our nation at the very beginning of its history, these present worries do not seem all that overwhelming. Environmental issues and awareness.
Gordon S. Wood, HistoryNet 2018
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Let’s Not Underestimate the Victorians: Interpreting the Evolution of Animal Welfare and Rights
Darcy Ingram, Active History 2017
Baguettes and Roses: An Interview with Alice Waters, Food Revolutionary
Allison Miller, Perspectives on History 2017
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New life for toxic land
Across the U.S., Superfund sites are being repurposed as recreational areas, renewable energy facilities and more. Many offer lessons for the future. Environmental issues and awareness.
Lynn Peeples, Ensia 2018
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American Environmental Diplomacy
From its inception as a nation in 1789, the United States has engaged in an environmental diplomacy that has included attempts to gain control of resources, as well as formal diplomatic efforts to regulate the use of resources shared with other nations and peoples. Environmental issues and awareness.
Kurk Dorsey, Oxford Research Encyclopedia 2016
Britain’s green pioneers
The desire to promote ecology and responsible consumerism is not a solely modern phenomenon. Clare Griffiths traces the history of the green movement from its origins in the 19th century when proponents dreamt of a simple, rural life. Environmental issues and awareness.
Clare Griffiths, HistoryExtra 2008
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Water stress and sustainability: what can we learn from history?
Vanessa Taylor and Frank Trentmann explore our past and present attitudes to water supply and entitlement. Environmental issues and awareness.
Vanessa Taylor and Frank Trentmann, History Extra 2009
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Why did we use leaded petrol for so long?
Tim Harford, BBC News 2017
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World wildlife populations ‘fall by 58% in 40 years’
The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020. The figures suggest that animals living in lakes, rivers and wetlands are suffering the biggest losses. Environmental issues and awareness.
Rebecca Morelle, BBC News Service 2016
Climate Change and Human Life – Podcast
Three environmental historians discuss past patterns of climate change – both recent and others from the deep planetary past – and what these historical processes of climate adaptation and survival tell us about humanity’s prospects today. Environmental issues and awareness.
Sam White, John Brooke and Nicholas Breyfogle, Origins
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Climate change likely caused migration, demise of ancient Indus Valley civilization
Popular Archaeology 2018
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Climate Change, Health, and the Anthropocene: Why We Must Study the Past
Twelve U.S. government agencies just released a report declaring that human activity has caused global warming and associated catastrophic weather events. With such urgent concerns, what purpose could the study of the past serve? In one word: perspective. Environmental issues and awareness.
Alexander More, Remedia 2017
Destroying the Environment in the Name of Renewal
For this tough critic, the success of architectural design was not just a question of eye appeal. Features her 1969 prize-winning article, ‘Tough times for the country’s natural assets’. Environmental issues and awareness.
Ada Louise Huxtable, Pulitzer Prizes 1969
Did Removing Lead from Petrol Spark a Decline in Crime?
Did the lead that we added to our petrol do something so much worse? Was it the cause of a decades-long crime wave that is only now abating as the poisonous element is removed from our environment? Environmental issues and awareness.
Dominic Casciani, BBC News 2014
How a Notorious Racist Inspired America’s National Parks
The National Park Service is in many ways a product of Madison Grant’s pioneering work as a conservationist. But you probably won’t hear Grant’s name so much as whispered, because his peculiar line of thinking also helped lay the groundwork for the death camps of Nazi Germany. Environmental issues and awareness.
Richard Conniff, Mother Jones 2016
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Save the Redwoods, by John Muir
John Muir (1838-1914) was a vigorous public opponent of the uncontrolled destruction of the California sequoia forests. This unpublished article is a concise example of his views. Environmental issues and awareness.
John Muir, Sierra Club bulletin, Vol. XI, no. 1, San Francisco, 1920
What Really Turned the Sahara Desert From a Green Oasis Into a Wasteland?
10,000 years ago, this iconic desert was unrecognizable. A new hypothesis suggests that humans may have tipped the balance. Environmental issues and awareness.
Lorraine Boissoneault , Smithsonian 2017
Winter Is Coming: Europe’s Deep Freeze of 1709
In the first months of 1709, Europe froze and stayed that way for months. People ice-skated on the canals of Venice, church bells broke when rung, and travelers could cross the Baltic Sea on horseback. This freakish winter ultimately claimed the lives of a vast number of Europeans…