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Toxic algae crisis isn’t over for Lake Erie or the nation

Toledo drinking water ban should be a warning to other cities After a weekend of scrambling to find bottled water for drinking, cooking and other household uses, residents of northwestern Ohio and southwestern Michigan were told Monday that their tapwater is again safe to drink. But for how long? Toxic…

What brain science tells us about website design

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average attention span is now just 8 seconds. That doesn’t give us a lot of time to engage website visitors before they lose interest and click elsewhere. Fortunately, the science that is tracking our shrinking attention spans also offers some insights…

New California scorecard a call to action on Environmental Justice

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of President Clinton’s executive order on environmental justice, officially known as the Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations a result of Environmental equity grassroots movements of the 1980s. Milestones like this are to be celebrated cautiously,…

Back from Netroots Nation with a new secret hand gesture!

One of the training sessions I attended last Friday was called Five Secrets: The Proven Neuroscience Behind Persuading Voters, led by Stephanie Dreyer and Brandon Fureigh. I’ve never thought much about my hand gesturing when I am speaking to groups, as long as I don’t have arms flying in all…

Storytelling science: why you need a good hero

A couple of years ago, political scientist Michael Jones published the results of a study in the Policy Studies Journal, on the most effective ways to educate and persuade the public about the threats of climate change. His research clearly demonstrated that when climate information is conveyed in narrative story…

Money talks…right?

Why talk about intrinsic worth when you can put a price tag on it? The idea of calculating the value of healthy natural systems and factoring that value into land management decisions is taking hold across the world. The idea is that with a better sense of how much these…

Fast and Furious Philanthropy

If you have a tendency to click on news items that might make you cry, you likely saw that hundreds of sea lions have been washing up- starving- on the shores of Southern California.  I possess that tendency as well as some well-worn tear ducts.  Within two minutes of reading…

Climate change costing taxpayers plenty

Done your tax returns yet? Here’s something to think about as you finish your 1040. Flood insurance. Fire suppression. Crop insurance. Hurricanes.  Turns out American taxpayers are already footing huge bills for climate change impacts. Here are just a few of the costs we’ll be paying in federal and state…

Seeing is Believing

For all that has been written and screened about Abraham Lincoln, most of us know him from a series of pictures by Matthew Brady, one of photography’s early giants. They are all remarkably similar – a face, prematurely lined, a jaw, grimly set and eyes that convey both steely determination…

A visual revelation for Power Past Coal

It was the spring of 2011. Resource Media was working with the Power Past Coal campaign to block the global export of Powder River Basin coal from ports in the Pacific Northwest. The Power Past Coal campaign knew why they wanted to block coal exports, but weren’t sure the same…