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April 2009

Michael Ratner: Prisoner Abuse Is Absolutely, Explicitly Prohibited by International Law

In this interview between human rights lawyer Michael Ratner and political journalist Ellen Ray, Michael Ratner provides a clear explanation of the UN Convention Against Torture—to which the United States is a signatory—which explicitly states that prisoner abuse, up to and including torture, is absolutely prohibited under any circumstances. Putting aside the fact that sanctioning […]

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Robert Kuttner: Obama’s First 100 Days: What’s a Presidency For?

Robert Kuttner has a message for the President. I’m paraphrasing, but in essence, it goes like this: “Dear President Obama, You don’t need the Republican right (and they won’t support you anyway).” Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of the American Prospect and author of the New York Times bestseller Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and […]

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WATCH: The Hrens Tackle the Carbon-Footprint of Meat Production

It’s clear from this video—just posted on ChelseaGreenTV—that Stephen and Rebekah Hren would much rather be doing something to help solve the problem of a de-localized food supply and excessive meat-eating than talking about it. As you can see in their book, The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit, these […]

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WATCH: How Corporations Stole Your Power, and What You Can Do

This weekend I attended the White River Indie Films festival with Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist, Exxon Valdez oil spill survivor, and author of Not One Drop and Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$. We watched Black Wave, a documentary by Robert Cornellier that tells the story the spill and its toxic aftermath. After the riveting […]

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Obama Seeks to Create High-Speed Rail System Across the US

I hate flying. I don’t mean I’m afraid of flying, like many who say they hate flying. (I’m about as afraid of flying as I am of riding on a bus—which is to say, not very much at all.) No, it isn’t fear that ties my stomach in knots: it’s the recycled, pressurized air; the […]

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Will Legalizing Cannabis Lead to a Spike in Teenage Drug Abuse? No.

One of the arguments that opponents of marijuana legalization usually trot out is that it will lead ta a nation of pot-head teenagers. As decades of research show, this is patently false. Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML and co-author of the forthcoming Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?, looks […]

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Losing the North: Developed Countries No Longer Need to Grow

When is a “developed” country “developed” enough? At what point do we say, I think we’ve reached the limit? When do we stop? When is enough finally enough? These are the questions put forth by French ecological journalist Hervé Kempf (How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth) in this article from When does one […]

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In Beekeeping, as in Banking, Unchecked Greed Leads to Collapse

Nobody really knows for sure what causes Colony Collapse Disorder—”a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear”. It could be mites. It could be pesticides. It could be a number of things, or more likely a combination of factors. How do you fight an affliction when you […]

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On Chelsea Green TV: Madeleine Kunin Talks Sustainable Governance

Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Woman Can Win and Lead. This is the presentation she gave to UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural […]

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Twenty Years Later, It Isn’t Over: Riki Ott on The Peter Laufer Show

Author Riki Ott (Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill) talks to Peter Laufer (also a Chelsea Green author, incidentally) on his show, twenty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, to talk about the damage caused by the man-made environmental disaster—and how it just isn’t going […]

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