August, 2012

The Danger of Spin—Science vs. Religion

The Danger of Spin—Science vs. Religion

I grew up listening to the Great Science vs. Religion debate. I couldn’t quite believe it at the time. So why am I still listening to it today? My father is a theologian, so our dinner table conversations often turned to questions of philosophy, history, religion and social justice. One of these questions always struck […]

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How Can Aquariums Leverage A Rare Public Trust? with Jerry Schubel

How Can Aquariums Leverage A Rare Public Trust? with Jerry Schubel

Tom Bowman talks with Jerry Schubel, president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific about the obligations and opportunities that come with being a trusted source on environmental issues. Listen Now What Does Being A Trusted Source On Science Compel You To Do?     

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Seeing the Lessons in the News

Seeing the Lessons in the News

America’s power plant operators have slashed carbon dioxide emissions by dumping coal. Talk about a “teachable moment!” The question is: are we learning the right lesson? Last Friday I wrote about finding the “teachable moment” in this summer’s extreme weather. Teachable moments are opportunities to gain useful insights from current events. Just as my comments […]

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Small Business Owners Speak for Themselves

Small Business Owners Speak for Themselves

Some activists claim that environmental regulations are strangling small businesses, but a lot of small business owners are telling a very different story. I wrote an op-ed recently as a reply to one that was written by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). In their piece, the NFIB presumed to speak for small business […]

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Is Global Warming to Blame for this Summer’s Extreme Heat and Drought?

Is Global Warming to Blame for this Summer’s Extreme Heat and Drought?

It’s a great question. It’s simple, compelling, and it makes for good headlines. That’s why so many people are talking about it. But it’s the wrong question. I’ve been corresponding with climate scientists, educators, and journalists lately about this summer’s extreme weather. Our discussions have convinced me that this is a great question for advancing […]

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Climate’s First Responders

Climate’s First Responders

Talking about climate change has been sort of taboo in business circles for years, but this unspoken prohibition is beginning to change. I see it changing most quickly among small business entrepreneurs. I think this is because small business owners fill a unique niche in our society. More and more, I see independent business owners […]

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How Can We Change the Fossil Fuel Industry? with Bill McKibben

How Can We Change the Fossil Fuel Industry? with Bill McKibben

Tom Bowman talks with Bill McKibben — writer, climate activist, and founder of 350.org — about overcoming the fossil fuel industry’s unrelenting pursuit of “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” Listen Now Are Environmental Regulations Strangling Small Businesses?     

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Climate News or Climate Conflict?

Climate News or Climate Conflict?

“I’m in the conflict business. I’m not in the radio business or the TV business. I create conflict. Conflict sells.” — Collin Cowherd, ESPN Radio, June 15, 2012 You can’t put it any more plainly than that. If you ever wondered how the American media works these days, now you know. Collin Cowherd is a […]

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