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Water Needs Power Needs Water

Michael E. Webber— In July 2012, the electric grid in India failed, causing the largest blackout in history. It affected more than 620 million people, nine percent of the world’s population. Although there were many reasons for the power outage, it was a lack of water that triggered the Indian collapse. A

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Finding the Future of Environmentalism in its Past

Benjamin Heber Johnson— Most environmental protections are predicated on the use of state power. When Americans feared that a species would soon be pushed over the brink of extinction, they passed laws forbidding or limiting hunting it; when they valued an area for the serene majesty of its old-growth timber,

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Why Preservation Should Matter

Max Page— In our “sour little age,” as playwright Tony Kushner once called the world we live in, lines from a law passed fifty years ago this weekend offer welcome uplift.  “The spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage,” declared the National

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The Struggle to Define Strong Sustainability

Dieter Helm— The trouble with strong sustainability is that it contains very little by way of guidance as to what we should do, except ‘preserve everything’. It is in essence the claim that natural capital should be regarded as non-substitutable, and hence, following Eric Neumayer, strong sustainability can be called

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Make Natural Capital the Heart of Earth Day

Dieter Helm— Earth Day is one of those great occasions when lots of people with goodwill and concern vent their frustrations at the destruction of our natural environment. They are right to do so, but they are wrong to expect much to happen. It is mostly a dialogue between like-minded

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World Water Wager

David Sedlak— In 1980, Julian Simon, an economist at the University of Maryland, bet Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University that the prices of five of the world’s most important metals would drop in the coming decade. The premise behind Simon’s wager was that, despite Ehrlich’s warnings of resource scarcity caused

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Your Backyard Summer Reading: 10 Facts on Coexisting with Wildlife

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Looking for a little motivation to reconnect with your backyard now that summer is officially here? James Barilla’s My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned with It is the summer reading book for you. Now available in paperback, the book makes

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YUP May Green Tip: Meatless Monday at the Press

With all of our normal lunch spots overcrowded with families here for graduation, it was the perfect day for a Press-wide Meatless Monday. The Yale Press Green Team encouraged everyone to bring in a dish to share as their YUP May Green Tip. We met on the sunny patio with

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YUP September Green Tip: Take a Yale Sustainability Tour!

Follow @yaleSCIbooks We may not have had many crisp fall days yet, but the arrival on campus of all the new and returning Yale students means they can’t be far off. In the spirit of back-to-school, take a campus sustainability tour unlike any other! Start at the New Haven Green, stop by our

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YUP February Green Team Tip: Holiday Picnic Throwback

Follow @yaleSCIbooks In these cold winter months, it is nice to think back on warmer times, like our holiday picnic hosted by the YUP Green Team! Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane: Remember when we played a few fun recycling games? A good time was had by all!

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