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Earth Day's 40th anniversary

April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the launching point for America's modern environmental movement. To what extent has the U.S. delivered on the vision of Earth Day's founders, and where has the modern environmental movement gone wrong?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on April 19, 2010 8:47 AM

Unfinished business

As we observe Earth Day this week, I hope senators will remember that today, as 40 years ago, people counted on them to make the right choices for America.

Posted by Jennifer L. Morgan, on April 20, 2010 2:12 PM

Think carbon and nitrogen

In the spirit of the 1970s, passage of a bipartisan, comprehensive energy and climate change legislation in 2010 would be a good start for the next generation.

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on April 20, 2010 1:26 PM

Losing the battle

40 years in, we're losing badly. The lack of action for two decades on climate is proof. Maybe we should go back and organize the way folks did in 1970 -- we're trying our best to do a modern version of that at

Posted by Bill McKibben, on April 19, 2010 9:18 AM

How clean is clean enough?

By any reasonable and objective measure, there has been tremendous environmental progress since the first Earth Day. Though there will always be more that can be done, no one can deny that air and water are much cleaner and exposure to toxins are much less.

Posted by William O'Keefe, on April 19, 2010 9:14 AM


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