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Animal ‘Personhood’: Muddled Alternative to Real Protection

by VERLYN KLINKENBORG
A new strategy of granting animals “personhood” under the law is being advanced by some in academia and the animal rights movement. But this approach fails to address the fundamental truth that all species have an equal right to their own existence. READ MORE

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A Year After Sandy, The Wrong Policy on Rebuilding the Coast

by ROB YOUNG
One year after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the U.S. East Coast, the government is spending billions to replenish beaches that will only be swallowed again by rising seas and future storms. It’s time to develop coastal policies that take into account new climate realities. READ MORE

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Why Pushing Alternate Fuels Makes for Bad Public Policy

by JOHN DECICCO
Every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan has backed programs to develop alternative transportation fuels. But there are better ways to foster energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions than using subsidies and mandates to promote politically favored fuels. READ MORE

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Should Wolves Stay Protected Under Endangered Species Act?

by TED WILLIAMS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stirred controversy with its proposal to remove endangered species protection for wolves, noting the animals’ strong comeback in the northern Rockies and the Midwest. It’s the latest in the long, contentious saga of wolf recovery in the U.S. READ MORE

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No Refuge: Tons of Trash Covers The Remote Shores of Alaska

by CARL SAFINA
A marine biologist traveled to southwestern Alaska in search of ocean trash that had washed up along a magnificent coast rich in fish, birds, and other wildlife. He and his colleagues found plenty of trash – as much as a ton of garbage per mile on some beaches. READ MORE

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