Environment and Health

We Get Sick, They Get Rich

We Get Sick, They Get Rich

Our current health care system in the United States works just fine — for the corporate executives who run it. Take, for instance, Michael Mussallem, the CEO at Edwards Lifesciences — a California-based company that makes heart valves and assorted other medical...

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Finding a Common Language on Climate

Finding a Common Language on Climate

If you don't already agree with me on something, odds are I can't convince you I'm right. There's plenty of science showing that the global climate crisis is already affecting us, that vaccines don't cause autism, and that humans evolved from a common ancestor with...

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AT&T and Verizon Need to Hang Up On Fossil Fuels

AT&T and Verizon Need to Hang Up On Fossil Fuels

Smartphones are a huge part of our lives. We use them constantly for texts, social media, calls, directions, and finding information online. Even when we’re sleeping, they're still active, receiving data all night. But those little notifications we get on our phones...

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The Wall Can’t Keep Out Hurricanes

The Wall Can’t Keep Out Hurricanes

Donald Trump loves it when crowds at his raucous right-wing rallies stand and chant in red-faced fury: "Build that wall! Build that wall!" So he keeps fanning their fire by promising to wall off Mexico with a multibillion-dollar "big, beautiful" barrier on the border....

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Texas Is Flooded Because Our Democracy Is, Too

Texas Is Flooded Because Our Democracy Is, Too

"It’s flooding down in Texas," goes the old song. "All of the telephone lines are down." With apologies to Stevie Ray Vaughan, there’s a lot more down in Texas than telephone lines now. Power lines are down, homes are destroyed, and cities sit underwater. Dozens have...

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Soda Doesn’t ‘Feed the World’

Soda Doesn’t ‘Feed the World’

Coca-Cola has a new ad in which a young girl wishes to grow a garden for the whole world. Then, as a grown woman who works for Coca-Cola, she says that she's fulfilling that dream. The phrase "feed the world" is one that should always be questioned, because it's often...

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On Electric Cars, the U.S. Is Stuck in the Slow Lane

On Electric Cars, the U.S. Is Stuck in the Slow Lane

The French government recently announced a plan to ban sales of new gas-powered cars by 2040. Not to be outdone, the UK government is now rolling out a similar plan of its own. These plans sound shockingly radical, but in fact many analysts think those transitions...

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There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

The Republicans have big plans for health care in this country: to eliminate coverage for millions of Americans while delivering a big tax cut to the rich. As someone who stands to benefit from that tax cut, let me just say: I don't need it, and I don't want it. No...

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