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Ben Carmichael
Ben Carmichael has been a regular contributor since the fall of 2006. He writes about the environment, food and fishing. His work has appeared on The Huffington Post, The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, and Print magazine. He has worked on the staff of The New Yorker, and recently graduated from Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He also worked for an Emmy Award winning documentary series, Quest, with Maine Public Television.
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Stories by Ben Carmichael
February 23, 2011
A former White House correspondent keeps our government accountable on the environment.
January 26, 2011
One year ago this past Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in its historic Citizens United decision, that constraining corporate spending on political campaigns was unconstitutional.In December 2010, in what some believe... read more >
December 13, 2010
The time is 8:15 am. You have a meeting at 8:45am. This leaves you with 15 minutes to get to work and make sure your hair doesn’t look like a character from Avatar. What do you do? Two new studies out this month make the... read more >
April 29, 2010
For some, it was with a sense of relief that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar passed Cape Wind, the beleaguered offshore wind project on Cape Cod. For others, it was the latest in a drama that has lasted nearly a decade.... read more >
July 16, 2009
Now that Sarah Palin has announced her resignation as Governor of Alaska, you may wonder: What has she been doing? How will she fill her time? In an Op-Ed piece for The Washington Post, Palin kindly provided an answer. She'... read more >
July 6, 2009
This is a story of stories.It is about one night on a river. It is a story about listening, about healing and about nature. This story is the reason I am here, now, talking to you.A few weeks ago, I drove with my father up... read more >
May 14, 2009
Adding to the new tools visualizing the impacts of climate change is this -- Sea Level Rise Explorer, an interactive map showing the land capture by potential long-term sea level rise around the world. The map, developed by... read more >
April 23, 2009
Driving many conversations on energy and climate is a single question: What will the future look like?Even if you're not interested in the environment, you've asked a similar question before. If you've ever wondered what... read more >
April 13, 2009
  As the markets have gone down, long-held assumptions have been thrown up and into the air. Economic theories, and not just the value of our homes and our retirement accounts, are coming undone. In some cases, that may... read more >
February 7, 2009
A recent, high-profile gesture has provoked wide ranging debate and has me plotting another, similar move.At a recent TED Conference, a self-described conference of the world’s “leading thinkers and doers,” Bill Gates gave a... read more >
February 2, 2009
I went to bed last night with Oxford covered in a thin, quiet blanket of snow. I woke up to find the country in chaos.The Telegraph ran a headline saying, "Britain paralyzed by worst snowfall for 20 years."... read more >
January 28, 2009
Since my last post about Google’s role in helping to solve climate change, two new polls have been released that cast a dark light on the public understanding of climate change.According to a poll recently released by The... read more >
January 22, 2009
Imagine, if you will, a story. In this story most of the characters are mute. The threats are abstract, the timeline long, the stakes high and the consequences still uncertain. Politics are present, and so, too, are heaps... read more >
January 14, 2009
Can Google help solve climate change? It's a question that has been bugging me since I attended a workshop at Google's London offices. Here's why.One of the main barriers to progress on environment and energy is information... read more >