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How Falling Oil Prices Could Help Stop the Keystone Project

by JACQUES LESLIE
The U.S. Congress is preparing to vote on expediting the Keystone XL pipeline. But plummeting oil prices and opposition to other proposed pipelines for tar sands oil are upending the rationale for this controversial project. READ MORE

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A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for the World’s Rainforests

by RHETT BUTLER
After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from Brazil to Indonesia. READ MORE

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True Altruism: Can Humans Change To Save Other Species?

by VERLYN KLINKENBORG
A grim new census of the world’s dwindling wildlife populations should force us to confront a troubling question: Are humans capable of acting in ways that help other species at a cost to themselves? READ MORE

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A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate

by TIMOTHY E. WIRTH AND THOMAS A. DASCHLE
The international community should stop chasing the chimera of a binding treaty to limit CO2 emissions. Instead, it should pursue an approach that encourages countries to engage in a “race to the top” in low-carbon energy solutions. READ MORE

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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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