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July 2009

I don’t expect a lot from the Heritage Foundation, having seen its take on carbon dioxide, but I still find it startling to see a U.S. institution endorsing the military overthrow of an elected government in Latin America, where right-wing dictators…

Almost two weeks ago, the Obama Administration declassified about 1,000 satellite photographs of Arctic ice the Bush Administration had kept under wraps. The photos didn’t make much of a splash until this morning, however, when two English…

Bad news for wind power is coming out of Britain today, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s the same problem with wind power we’ve known about for decades: turbines kill birds. Sometimes they kill rare birds. A wind farm in Texas is using radar to…

Mother Nature wants us off her back. Why else would she send a cool summer to the Midwest–hotbed of conservatism and home to The Heartland Institute, the leading global warming doubt tank–right when the planet’s long-term heating trend has pitched us…

Right now, India looks like a more troublesome partner against climate change than China does. Both declined to subscribe to the 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide that the industrial nations called for at the G8 summit, but China has been…

For Bastille Day, I printed excerpts from Simone de Beauvoir’s description of the Chicago Stockyards in 1947 and noted that slaughterhouses today are located closer to the farmer and further from the eater. But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit them.…