See No Evil…. in Wyoming

Under statutes just signed into law by the governor, if you discover an environmental disaster in Wyoming you are required by law to keep it to yourself.  According to legal experts, the statutes which make it a crime to “collect resource data” from any “open land,” are clearly unconstitutional and interfere with…

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Rotenone? 1952 Called Again and Wants Its Species Management Strategy Back

The latest plan to ‘restore’ using poison has found its way to public comment this week as officials from Montana and Wyoming request feedback on the draft environmental assessment for the Soda Butte Creek drainage by June 13.  Readers who care about Yellowstone National Park or these important headwaters will want…

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Wetland, Stream, Species – State of the Markets

The NEW comprehensive State of the Markets report for Wetland, Stream and Species Conservation Banking shows ecosystem market trends,  regional breakdowns, credit transactions, permitting trends and more for this fast-growing industry.  The low-cost, high-value report provides more than 30 charts, graphs and maps detailing the mitigation and conservation banking industry across the…

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Smaller Environmental Footprints Spell Profit for Businesses

Dan Upham from Environmental Defense Fund writes recently that environmental progress may come in many forms, “from grassroots political action to international emissions reduction targets. But if you want to make major changes on a grand scale in a relatively short amount of time,”  he says “the marketplace offers some…

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Economic Benefits Provided by Nature in the Chesapeake Bay

Ever wonder about the value of the Chesapeake Bay and its streams and wetlands? An analysis recently released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) finds that the economic benefits provided by nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will total $130 billion annually when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is fully…

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Yvon Chouinard: Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams

A recent New York Times Opinion piece by Yvon Chouinard titled “Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams,” rightly questions the values and highlights the environmental risks associated with dams, underlining that the benefits “for water use, flood control and electricity – can now be met more effectively without continuing to choke entire…

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Benefits of Big Data for Environmental Management

In a recent interview with McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland, Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund points out that what gets measured, gets managed.  By serving markets increasingly interested in green goods and services, the advent of big data presents opportunities for businesses to improve their bottom line and the environment,…

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A Strategy for Saving Planet Earth – Doug La Follette

It was my pleasure recently to spend the afternoon with Doug La Follette, Secretary of State in Wisconsin for a tour of some of his work and achievement.  He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia, has worked as Public Affairs Director for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and has…

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Greenwashing Takes “Green” Industries to the Cleaners

They used to mean something. Words like “sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” “green,” “low-impact,” and “natural” set apart products and services that were better for our environment.  But once these terms became trendy, the practice of “greenwashing” (so rampant now it has its own Wikipedia page) has rendered these words virtually meaningless. First…

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The EcoPerception Gap Can Mean Dangerous Mistakes

In Conservation Magazine, award-winning journalist David Ropeik explores why we worry too much about some environmental risks and not enough about others For Conservation Magazine David Ropeik points out an interesting phenomenon he called the “perception gap.”  It’s the gap between our fears and the facts.  He describes his how…

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