Environment and Health

If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start with Big Pharma

If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start with Big Pharma

At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. At a Pennsylvania rally a few weeks earlier, he called for the same. Now his administration is...

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The Mosquito Gap

The Mosquito Gap

How poverty, climate change, and bad policy put poor people at greater risk from pest-borne diseases.

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Don’t Make the Border a Wasteland

Don’t Make the Border a Wasteland

Some Americans think of the U.S.-Mexico border as a wasteland. In fact, the mountains and deserts of our borderlands are teeming with wildlife. Here you'll find large cats like the jaguar, the subject of my research. Jaguar sightings have been reported in New Mexico...

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To Believe In Science, You Have to Understand How It’s Done

To Believe In Science, You Have to Understand How It’s Done

I met a climate crisis denier today. It came out of nowhere. I was getting my camera repaired, and I was chatting with the repairman afterward. Just before I left, he dropped into our conversation that he didn't believe in manmade climate change. After all, the earth...

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Clean Energy is Calling. Will Your Phone Company Answer?

Clean Energy is Calling. Will Your Phone Company Answer?

There currently is a cavernous lack of leadership in our federal government on tackling climate change. Fortunately, cities, states, universities, and some businesses have stepped up to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and grow our renewable energy. But there’s...

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Racism is Literally Killing African-American Mothers

Racism is Literally Killing African-American Mothers

At first glance, tennis star Serena Williams and the late activist Erica Garner don't have much in common. They lived different lives on different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. But as black women in America, they both shared horrifying stories due to...

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