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Earth Day 2012: Strategies for a Green Planet

From recycling to energy use, new strategies are needed to ensure a more sustainable future

Earth Day 2012: The Best and Worst Pronouncements

April 22 marks the 42 nd annual Earth Day observance. In recent years, the week running up to Earth Day has become increasingly filled with a riotous mix of news that ranges from inspired initiatives to thinly veiled partisanship and shameless exploitation.

April 19, 2012 — Mark Fischetti

The Earth Beneath Our Feet

Healthy soil begets healthy plants, says the Dirt Doctor. (photo courtesy of shutterstock) Some people take Earth Day more literally than others. Howard Garrett is one of them.

April 22, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Oil Habit Unchanged on Two-Year Anniversary of BP's Gulf of Mexico Spill

Two years ago, 11 men lost their lives as a backlash of gas exploded into the night from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In the ensuing months, roughly 5 million barrels of oil and more than 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas spewed into the ocean from the Macondo well more than a kilometer underwater.

April 20, 2012 — David Biello

Celebrate Earth Day: Buy! Buy! Buy!

A casual spin last night through the pile of ads inserted inside my local Sunday newspaper made it clear to me that the best possible thing we all can do this week to honor Earth is to shop till we drop.

April 19, 2010 — Mark Fischetti

Feed the World, Save the Planet

The world's population will cross the 7 billion mark this month and is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. So many more people, plus rising living standards, mean that global agriculture will have to double food production by mid-century.Yet farming and ranching already exact a daunting toll on the environment: burn down rain forests to create more arable land, dump fertilizers onto fields that run off and choke life in rivers and oceans, emit volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, use up vast stores of freshwater for irrigation.

October 12, 2011 — Mark Fischetti