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Outgoing Greenpeace Executive Director Reflects on Lessons Learned

Exit Interview: Phil Radford

Last month Phil Radford announced that, after five years on the job, he was stepping down as executive director of Greenpeace USA. Before serving as ED, Radford was Greenpeace’s organizing director, during which time he more than doubled the group’s membership. In…
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by: Jason Mark – February 14, 2014

In Wake of State Dept Report on Keystone XL, Enviros Pledge to Keep Fighting

“The President has all the information he needs to reject this pipeline,” Keystone opponents say

A general rule in Washington, DC says that if news is breaking on a Friday afternoon, it’s usually bad news. Officials in the capital know that if they want to avoid negative attention on a decision or announcement, then the eve of…
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by: Jason Mark – January 31, 2014

“All of the Above” Still a Big Disappointment

Greens largely unexcited by State of the Union

About a third of the way through tonight’s State of the Union address, as he tackled the issues of climate change and the environment, President Obama proclaimed, “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough…
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by: Jason Mark – January 28, 2014

Secretary Jewell Targets Nature Deficit Disorder

Twenty-first Century Conservation Corps gets off the ground

I’ll admit that in the grand scheme of Washington politics, the news yesterday out of the Department of the Interior isn’t exactly earthshaking. During a news conference at the FDR Memorial in DC, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that retailer American Eagle…
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by: Jason Mark – January 9, 2014

A Becky Tarbotton Remembrance

Some notes on the art of leadership

A year ago today my friend Becky Tarbotton died while swimming in rough surf off the coast of Mexico. It was the kind of accident that is so unexpected and shocking — so out of the blue — that it felt, in…
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by: Jason Mark – December 26, 2013

The Ten Most Important Environmental Stories of 2013

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Ah, the winter holidays. Christmas trees, sugary treats, alcohol-fueled office parties, binge shopping … and end-of-year Best of Lists. No December is complete without all of those Top Ten compilations in which we wistfully look back at the year-that-was. Sometimes these lists…
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by: Jason Mark – December 18, 2013

Call of the Wild

Can Ranchers Come to Peace with the Wolves in Their Midst?

The spirit of the Wild West is alive and well in the hamlet of Reserve, New Mexico. The seat of Catron County is home to a scant 600 people, and Main Street is little more than a collection of old adobe homes,…
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by: Jason Mark – December 9, 2013

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