6/30/11 Volume XLIV, No. 26
The same week that Governor Chris Christie publicly acknowledged that global climate change is real and is at least in part human-caused, he pulled New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – a “cap-and-trade” program that attempts to address climate change.
In response, after a major advocacy effort by environmentalists, citizens and legislators, the New Jersey Legislature voted to support RGGI, an agreement with nine other northeastern states . . .
6/24/11 Volume XLIV, No. 25
“Back to the Future” introduced a generation of moviegoers to the art of travelling to the past to change the future. In New Jersey, our environmental protection programs are facing just such a temporal paradox – an unprecedented attempt to roll back to “the bad old days” regardless of the dire consequences for the future.
More than 25 environmental groups took their case to Trenton on June 20 to ask our elected officials to protect the health, . . .
6/17/11 Volume XLIV, No. 24
New Jersey is blessed with many individuals who have taken a stand and fought against ill-conceived development projects that would have forever altered the natural landscape of this state we’re in.
But one, in particular, has left an enormous legacy for all New Jerseyans. Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen Jr. passed away on May 23 at the age of 95. His family’s long tradition of public service uniquely positioned him to champion open space in the halls of government, as . . .
6/10/11 Volume XLIV, No. 23
Just a few days after being named recipient of the 2011 “Guardian of Barnegat Bay” award, Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have given towns more options for fighting the main source of pollution choking the bay.
Barnegat Bay is an iconic part of the Jersey Shore – the gentler coast where kids too small to brave the ocean waves can swim, and where older kids can sit on the dock and catch blue claw crabs. The Toms River, Metedeconk River and . . .
6/3/11 Volume XLIV, No. 22
Let’s face it: serious bird watchers can be intimidating. If you’ve ever found yourself in a group of birders comparing expensive binoculars or spouting esoteric bird names, you know you’ve wandered into the deep end of the naturalist ocean. You may be tempted to stuff your department store binoculars into the back of your sock drawer and decide that birding is, well, for the birds!
But fortunately, there are seasoned birders who are aware of the . . .