September 3, 2014, marks two important 50th anniversaries: the signing of the Wilderness Act and the establishment of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since President Lyndon Johnson signed both pieces of legislation in 1964, Americans in all 50 states, across thousands of rural and urban communities, have reaped the benefits of accessible outdoor recreation opportunities and protected natural areas.
Driving to work has been a staple in the American commute for decades, but it appears the country’s love affair with cars is stalling in many places. After years of sustained growth, driving levels are flat-lining, while more young people are opting for alternative transportation modes.
Newly released Census data from the 2013 American Community Survey offers additional insight into the shifting nature of our daily commutes.
Rewarding landowners for protecting wildlife is key to effective conservation
With few endangered species recovering enough to be taken off the endangered list and the endangered species listing process becoming more contentious by the day, a new Reason Foundation study proposes replacing the Endangered Species Act's penalties with an incentive-based system that pays landowners who protect endangered species and their habitats.
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It was announced by the World Meteorological Organization (an arm of the United Nations), with front page coverage by the global media, that the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) last year reached a new high value (396 parts per million, ppm) and got there in record time (2.9ppm/yr). Although newer data (through July of 2014) indicate that the rate of rise has fallen back again to levels more characteristic of the past decade, the signal remains—carbon dioxide is building in the atmosphere and rising to levels that have probably not been seen in along time (hundreds of thousands of years).
In 2010, U.S. drivers used 170 billion gallons of gasoline, enough to drive about 3 trillion miles—the equivalent of about one thousand trips to Pluto. That mobility was unprecedented, but those gas-guzzling miles also meant 1.7 billion metric tons of harmful carbon dioxide were spewed into our atmosphere.
The storm was a glimpse of the challenges the region could see as a result of climate change causing extreme weather.
Many objections are being raised about EPA’s proposal to cut CO2 emissions by as much as 30% by 2030. Such resistance is predictable, reactionary, and completely unjustified.
To the contrary, if comparable restrictions are not adopted and successfully implemented soon, the consequences for Georgians and other Americans will become increasingly dire.
Live shrimp on Kahle hooks suspended below sliding floats mean spotted sea trout and - at the right stage of Georgia’s substantial tides - happy fishermen. Why is Georgia so well known for its inshore fishing for trout, redfish, flounder, tarpon and other sport fish? Why is our 100 miles of coast a standout? The answer: salt marsh.
Organizations and companies must do more to make global sporting events sustainable, says Aileen Ionescu-Somers
The World Cup in Brazil is again putting the spotlight on the sustainability, legacy and license to operate of large global sporting events.