Articles written by: Brad Nehring

2013 Was the Driest Year in California’s History
Environment

2013 Was the Driest Year in California’s History

The figures have been tallied, and 2013 was officially California’s driest year since state officials began to record rainfall data in 1849. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, roughly 90% of California has been in drought since May and much of the state’s Central Valley (a major agricultural hub for […]

New Findings Reveal Staggering Global Forest Losses Since 1999
Environment

New Findings Reveal Staggering Global Forest Losses Since 1999

How many square miles of forest land have been permanently eliminated in the last 13 years? That’s the question researchers at the University of Maryland sought to answer with ‘Global Forest Change’, a Google Earth-based project that aggregates more than 650,000 satellite images captured between 1999 and 2012. Now that […]

The Weirdest Outdoor-Related News Stories of 2013
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The Weirdest Outdoor-Related News Stories of 2013

It’s official: 2013 was one for the books in terms of bizarre stories related to outdoor recreation and environmental issues. Here are some highlights from the year that almost was. Snorkeler Discovers Sea Monster In October, a marine instructor discovered a massive, scaly carcass off the coast of California’s Catalina […]

“Hundreds of Scientists” Oppose New Logging Legislation
Mobilization and Events

“Hundreds of Scientists” Oppose New Logging Legislation

A coalition of ecologists, wildlife biologists, and other members of the scientific community is speaking out against two pieces of legislation ― HR 3188 and HR 1526 ― currently awaiting approval from the House and Senate, respectively. Both measures would essentially increase logging operations across the western United States, including […]

6 Well-known Companies Responsible for Environmental Disasters
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6 Well-known Companies Responsible for Environmental Disasters

With the widespread emphasis on green technology, reduced pollution, and sustainable operations that has taken shape within the business world for the last 15 years, many privately owned companies have realigned their goals and practices in order to conform to more eco-friendly standards. But hey, (completely preventable) accidents happen. Here […]

7 Ways the Government Shutdown Hurt the Environment
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7 Ways the Government Shutdown Hurt the Environment

The good news is that some federal agencies ― including the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the Energy Information Administration, and the National Weather Service ― remain open despite the government shutdown. However, the effects of this political debacle can still be felt throughout the country’s fragile environmental sector, […]

8 Unbelievably Stupid Environmental Comments from Elected Officials
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8 Unbelievably Stupid Environmental Comments from Elected Officials

U.S. politicians have discussed climate change, renewable energy, and other environmental topics at length in recent years – but that’s not to say all of the conversations have been intelligent. Here are some of the most egregious statements made on behalf (or in spite) of Mother Nature, courtesy of officials […]

Awesome Green Inventions (You’ve Never Heard Of)
Mobilization and Events

Awesome Green Inventions (You’ve Never Heard Of)

From hybrid cars to more conservative light bulbs, today’s market is flooded with products that aid us in our daily affairs and do their part to help the environment. The entries on this list may have slipped under the radar a little, but that shouldn’t take away from the innovative […]

The Pros and Cons of Urban Beekeeping
Environment

The Pros and Cons of Urban Beekeeping

Despite the seemingly problematic combination of live beehives and densely populated municipal areas, the advent of urban beekeeping has taken the world by storm. In London, the number of active apiaries has more than doubled in the last five years. Last year, officials in Melbourne, Australia, approved a $28,000 grant […]

Fact-Based Counterarguments to Climate Change Denial
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Fact-Based Counterarguments to Climate Change Denial

As long as scientists have posited the theory that our worldwide failure to curb fossil fuel emissions has irrevocably altered our planet’s climate, knuckleheads near and far have used inane, non-scientific rhetoric to call the theory into question. So the next time someone hands you an idiotic aphorism about global […]