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Corporate Responsibility Splashes All Over The Place At First Data In Omaha

“First Data and KKR work together to measure and improve the environmental performance of our business through the Green Portfolio Program established with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).”

That’s the promise that comes from First Data, an online payment company with an avowed vision to “To shape the future of global commerce by delivering the [...]

Elm Tree Dreams Die Quietly

1930 — The parasitic fungus Ophiostoma appears in Cleveland, Ohio and begins attacking American elm trees.

1950s to 1980s — 40 million elm trees die across the United States.

1970s — Start of government-university-community cooperative efforts to identify and propagate resistant elm trees.

1999 — Maine State Legislature creates Elm Tree Restoration Fund. 12 ME [...]

A Plastic Bag In Every Gutter! American Chemistry Council Spends Big To Keep Congress In The Bag

Far from promoting scientific literacy, the American Chemistry Council seems to be devoted to advancing the cause of ignorance. [...]

Mythological Mechanics Of Oil Spill Amnesia Explored By Consumer Researchers

I have often remarked, with surprise and dismay, how quickly the American people have been to forget about oil spill disasters like the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon. I noted how, just months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama began efforts to expand offshore drilling in [...]

What Global Warming? THIS Global Warming: World Just Had Warmest September on Record

“What Global Warming?” This is the question that conservative media pundits continue to ask. By asking the question rhetorically, conservatives invite you to think of the cool days of autumn and to forget the more general global trends. While the pundits play political games, the reality of global warming is all around us.

By now [...]

Death of a Generation

By all appearances, gone.  I have to believe something will come up from the roots.

Nick Rahall Acts To Make It Easier For Coal Companies To Poison West Virginians

When Nick Rahall attacks environmental protections in order to serve his friends in Big Coal, he’s got powerful Democratic Party insiders standing right behind him. [...]

Plant It Forward

There are many things going wrong in the world, and we write about a good deal of them here at Irregular Times. However, it’s important from time to time to give simple recognition to some of the positive efforts that people are making things a bit better in the world.

Among these is the Plant [...]

Progressive Activists To Deliver Letter Of Resistance At White House

Given that it’s a congressional election year, most journalists are sticking to the old political formula of Democrats versus Republicans. In three weeks, however, a message from another political direction will be delivered to the White House.

On September 23, activists from the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will deliver a letter to the [...]

Does It Help The Environment To Live On An Iceberg For A Year?

A professional adventurer named Alex Bellini has decided that he’s going to spend an entire year living on an iceberg off the coast of Greenland. His purpose: To show people that climate change is something they should pay attention to.

Bellini also says he’ll be performing scientific study: “My objective is reporting and investigating, [...]

In The Right Kind Of Car

Simple pleasure: Whenever I ride in a train, I think of the car I’m keeping off the street, and it feels good.