Northeastern Magazine – The Trees of Life

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Law & Public Policy graduate Mariam Raqib founded the Afghan tree project to reverse the environmental ravages caused by decades of war in her native country.

The Boston Globe – Report cites benefits from Mass. green campaign

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Alan Clayton-Matthews comments on the impact that the Green Communities Act will have on Massachusetts’ economy.

Brian Helmuth explains how ecological forecasting helps triage the impacts of climate change

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Triaging the Train Wreck of Climate Change

Pacific Standard Magazine• September 8, 2009 • By Brian Helmuth •

Biologist Brian Helmuth has observed firsthand the devastation wrought by climate change, but he’s also seen how ecological forecasting can prepare us.

Brian Helmuth Describes Climate Change on a Hyper-Local Scale

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Mon, Apr 08, 2013 | Cognoscenti | by Brian Helmuth, Larry Atkinson & Pablo Suarez

Even if we drastically cut carbon emissions, we still have to face the realities of a changing climate. So, while we have to think about reducing greenhouse gasses, now and in the future, we also have to begin implementing strategies to adapt to this new world of increasingly extreme and, to some extent, unknowable weather and climactic conditions. We need to adapt our cities, our farms and our way of life. We also need to understand how climate change will impact the plants and animals our ecosystems depend on.

Brian Helmuth, Larry Atkinson and Pablo Suarez discuss ways human society is already adapting to climate change, and some of the challenges ahead.

Why people hate government

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By Barry Bluestone | Boston.com | October 7, 2012

In 1965, according to a national Gallup Poll, 35 percent of Americans considered “big government” to be the biggest threat to the country in the future. Slightly fewer (29%) named “big business” as the biggest threat while just 17 percent put this onus on “big labor.” This was the era of Lyndon Johnson and the federal government’s massive “War on Poverty.”

By 1983, fully 50 percent of those polled listed big government as the biggest threat with only 20 percent naming either business or labor. This was the era of Ronald Reagan and the mantra “Get the Government off my back.” By 2001, at the beginning of George W. Bush’s presidency and “compassionate conservatism,” the Gallup poll revealed that two-thirds (65%) of Americans were most worried about big government. By contrast, less than a quarter (24%) feared big business and only 8 percent now worried about big labor. Read More

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