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The Emerging Systemic Crisis

Today is World Environment Day. But what is the environmental crisis? Is it about climate? Is it about species? Is it about resource like water or land or "all of the above"? Is it mainly what the media decides to focus upon on a given day? I think we need to see it as larger than any of these issues.

We seem to be living in a time with many unknown factors are interacting with one another and the interaction is more than the sum of the parts. Sciences like ecology that try to show how many complex things interact should be our paradigm for what is happening.

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China Introduces Groundbreaking Cap on Emissions Starting in 2016

A day after the U.S Environmental Protection Agency introduced a proposal that would cut carbon emissions, He Jiankun, chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, announced that China will put a cap on emissions beginning in 2016.  As the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, China’s cap on emissions poses as a major step in tackling the issue of global climate change.  

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EPA carbon reduction plan ambitious but achievable

The 645 page Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, was announced yesterday by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and published to the Federal Register for public comment. The Obama Administration is trying to push the finalization of the new regulation by 2015, so that there is no possibility of a new administration reversing this action. Read More

Earth Day Network and Southwest partner to plant trees in Denver

On May 17, 2014, Earth Day Network  working with its Denver partner, the Park People , and volunteers from Southwest Airlines, Monarch Montessor School teachers and community members on a organized a tree planting project at Monarch Montessori School in the Montbello neighborhood of northeast Denver, CO. Read More

CNN Unveils the Secrets Behind Seattle's Bullitt Center

Dennis Hayes, lifelong environmental activist and Earth Day Network chairman, was interviewed by CNN regarding the greenest commercial building in the world, the Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA. Hayes is the president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, and his leadership overseeing the construction of the Bullitt Center has been substantiated by the buildings numerous architecture and sustainability awards. The foundation is currently pursuing the International Living Future Institute’s prestigious Living Building Certification.

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Congress: Stop playing politics with Kids' Health

As the United States struggles with one of the highest country-wide obesity rates in the world, it would seem that improvement to nutrition in school lunches would be a candidate for unopposed reform. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Schools Act (HHFSA) of 2010 has generated positive response (in the form of higher test scores and rates of participation and graduation) from schools that have implemented improved nutrition guidelines. Read More

Join Earth Day Network in Honoring Rachel Carson's Legacy

Award-winning author Rachel Carson (1907–1964) was one of the greatest American natural history writers of the 20th century. In addition to the environmental classic Silent Spring, her books include Under the Sea Wind, The Edge of the Sea, and The Sea Around Us, which has sold more than one million copies, been translated into 28 languages, and won the National Book Award and John Burroughs Award.

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Climate Figures Large in Obama’s FY 2015 Budget

Book Review - The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

by Bill Boteler

In her new book, The Sixth Extinction. Elizabeth Kolbert  sets out to explain why the planet seems to be in a spasm of mass extinctions of plants and animals and to introduce the relevant scientific concepts, illustrated by her globetrotting visits to locations where this is taking place.

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