Opinions of the Week - Editors' Picks

Unleashing the transformative potential of an equitable economy.

While there is now widespread understanding that extreme income and wealth inequality is growing and has negative impacts on society, most proposed solutions fail to address deeper systemic drivers. Post Carbon Institute

Cheese powder and other hobgoblins: A double standard in risk reporting.

When a company claims its products are safe, journalists are rightly skeptical. Why do alarmist claims from environmental groups get a free pass? Undark

When and how will growth cease?

Since Earth and the resources it can provide humanity are finite, both population and economic growth must cease sometime in the future. MAHB

The axis of climate evil.

The GOP is completely united behind its project of destroying civilization, and it’s making good progress toward that goal. New York Times

Top Opinions

We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet.

Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play. more…

Can a crowdsourced mega-forest offset Trump’s climate chaos?

It's an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump's policies, but it may not be so easy in reality. more…

Why flooding in Nigeria is an increasingly serious problem.

Rainstorms are getting more intense, sea levels are rising and infrastructure can't cope. more…

Revitalize the world’s countryside.

Cities and villages are an organic whole. Both must be developed sustainably to support each other. more…

Contraceptual art.

I am saddened that we are driving species to extinction at a rate that is perhaps 1,000 times the normal rate. Will there still be tigers in the wild when our granddaughters are grown? more…

Energy and health

The death of the internal combustion engine.

It had a good run. But the end is in sight for the machine that changed the world. Economist

Acid rain battle must be continued.

Why should New Yorkers care about what's going on in Maryland? Because what affects Maryland also is affecting the state's vast Adirondack Park. Utica Observer-Dispatch, New York

Gas-powered cars sputter toward obsolescence.

More and more countries are ditching the internal combustion engine. Good. Bloomberg View

In the age of global warming, do we really need so many new natural gas pipelines?

It seems foolish to weigh the merits of pipeline proposals individually, and without accounting for the entire environmental impact of moving gas to market. Los Angeles Times

Good riddance, coal.

PSEG's decision to shut down two major coal plants is an enormous triumph for our environment. Newark Star-Ledger, New Jersey

Another Trump environmental outrage that was under the radar.

Has anyone thought of the tragedies that might occur when a government is short-staffed of scientists? Former governor Christie Whitman can think of several. Newark Star-Ledger, New Jersey

Support of areas within 30-km zone vital for reactor restarts.

Several more offline nuclear reactors are now on track to be restarted in the coming months despite lingering safety concerns among residents living in surrounding areas. Asahi Shimbun, Japan

Top Editorials

New climate change report likely to be ignored to death.

The scientific argument about climate change is over. It’s silly to deny it. It’s shameful to know it and ignore it. more…

Army should pay its share for Superfund site cleanup.

It is clear that the National Guard was a primary contributor to the problem, and should also contribute to the cleanup. more…

Tainted eggs.

The egg contamination crisis exposes a problem caused by a combination of government laxity and the lack of professional ethics on the part of farmers. A bigger cause for concern is that the egg industry might not be the only one with such a problem. more…

Little players have big role in farming.

There should be little doubt lingering about how crucial bees are to the natural world – and to human food production. more…

EPA must get its facts straight on Exide cleanup.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seems to be having trouble explaining a lead-contamination cleanup it oversaw in Laureldale and Muhlenberg Township a decade ago. more…

Oceans

Help protect reefs by reporting coral bleaching.

Guam’s coral reefs are integral to our island’s marine ecology as well as to our tourism industry, and it’s vital that we all take steps to protect and preserve them. Agana Pacific Daily News, Guam

The unvarnished truth about climate change.

Rising seas could swell Tampa Bay up to 19 inches over the next quarter-century, putting tens of thousands of residents at risk. The federal study is another wake-up call about a threat that is real, here and more pressing by the day. Tampa Bay Times, Florida

Gulf of Mexico dead zone is going in the wrong direction.

Reducing the dead zone is essential to the health of the Gulf, but it's headed in the opposite direction. New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana

Fighting back the water in Miami and Miami Beach.

Local communities, and the broader region, are making strides in addressing nature’s quirks and climate change. But a long slog lies ahead. Miami Herald, Florida

Reducing plastic pollution especially important at the shore.

Disposable plastics might seem convenient now, but at the current rate there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. That won’t just be inconvenient, but harmful to life on Earth, including the human kind. Atlantic City Press, New Jersey

Massive extinctions are warning signs for planet.

The future is looking worse all the time for the world’s endangered species and, as a byproduct, is looking pretty dire for the globe’s human inhabitants as well. Florida Times-Union, Florida

Losses get real as seas rise.

America’s coasts — especially the teeming, wealthy Eastern seaboard and Gulf shore — are doomed to drown in ever-worse flooding from sea rise caused by global warming. Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia

New Antarctic iceberg echoes old problem.

The break in the Larsen C ice shelf highlights the vulnerable nature of other Antarctic environments and the impact people are having on the continent. Nature

Good News Editorials

Great Lakes gets some great news.

Reclaiming the Great Lakes has been embraced as a priority for too long by too many — and with too many successes — to be abandoned now. Congress can make sure that doesn't happen. Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota

Butte Creek salmon story one to be cherished.

The Butte Creek salmon story is a rare one. Usually stories about fisheries in California are centered around a species that is disappearing. This one is about a species that is thriving. Chico Enterprise Record, California

A low-pollution vision for a high-growth Melbourne.

The possible scenarios for a low-carbon future are inspiring and there is much our city planners can learn. Melbourne Age, Australia

Distorting Science

Of course Trump will suppress new report on US climate impacts.

Has he called it “fake news” on Twitter yet? There isn’t a chance in hell that the Trump administration will ever officially release the latest National Climate Assessment Report showing the severe risk carbon pollution poses to the United States. Trump will surely take a page from George W. Bush, who taught Trump all that he needs to know about suppressing inconvenient science. Washington Monthly

Make climate great again, Mr. President.

President Donald Trump and his band of climate deniers are stealing our time. They are, quite literally, snuffing out our world and our children's future. Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tennessee

Censoring climate change won't stop global warming.

The US Department of Agriculture has forbidden the use of the words ‘climate change’. This say-no-evil policy is doomed to fail. The Guardian

Compelling reasons to be a climate change skeptic.

All that’s needed is to persuade the skeptics to embrace a belief that will cost them dearly and hurt their pride. It's no wonder it's an uphill fight. Salisbury Daily Times, Maryland

The moral panic around climate change means the facts are always skewed.

So which is it? Is there too much ice in the Arctic or not enough? It’s convenient that climate change can be blamed both for too much ice in the Arctic in June and too little in July. Toronto Sun, Ontario

Toxification

A solution for Hong Kong’s plastic waste crisis: Turn it into fuel.

A wide range of plastics cannot be recycled, or cannot be recycled any further, and end up in a landfill. Such plastics are an excellent, high energy feedstock for gasification. South China Morning Post, China

The bees are better, but they're not all right.

Total population collapse? No. Weaker insects? Yes. Problematic pesticides? Probably. Bloomberg View

Poison once flowed in America's waters. With Trump, it might again.

Over the past four decades, a huge amount of effort has gone into cleaning America’s heavily polluted waters. Is all of that progress about to be undone? The Guardian

Population

The Rising Storm: New book details connection between climate disasters, migration.

A new book on climate and migration predicts a future of "guards, guns and gates" unless we act soon. Texas Observer, Texas

Here's how many Earths we need to meet our population's demand.

We would require 1.7 Earths to meet our current annual demands sustainably. It doesn’t have to be this way. National Observer, Canada

When optimism spells disaster...

One of the most dangerous threats to the human future in this, the Age of Perils, is … optimism. MAHB

How mayors can drive inclusive growth.

In the race to create innovation districts in low-income urban areas, city leaders play a key role. CityLab