Environment and Health

Edison’s Bright Idea

Edison’s Bright Idea

It dawned on Thomas Edison that sunshine could drive both his inventions and his friend Henry Ford’s horseless carriages. “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy,” he told Ford and Harvey Firestone, another enterprising inventor. “What a source of power! I hope...

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World Capital of Weather Wimps

World Capital of Weather Wimps

What’s wrong with Washington? I’m not talking about goofy political antics, like James Inhofe’s latest bid to disprove climate change. In case you missed it, the chairman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee gave a mind-numbing speech a few weeks ago...

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Going off the Rails

Going off the Rails

When 27 CSX tanker cars loaded with fracked North Dakota crude tumbled onto a West Virginia riverbank on President’s Day, the ensuing fireballs leveled a house and forced hundreds of people to flee amid a heavy snowstorm. Even though 19 of the derailed cars — each...

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Forging Our Future

Forging Our Future

Flush with their victory in the midterm elections, the Republicans in Congress promised fresh leadership. Instead, both the Senate and House GOP majorities made the speedy and symbolic approval of Keystone XL pipeline bills one of their first priorities. They did this...

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King Coal Catches Black Lung

King Coal Catches Black Lung

What do the executives who run money-losing companies make? Millions of dollars if they’re coal overlords. Take Gregory Boyce. He's pocketed more than $60 million over the past nine years while steering Peabody Energy into a ditch. Shares in Peabody, the world’s...

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Green Believers

Green Believers

By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more than the common good — look silly. Bruce Jenner is sporting nail polish and a ponytail. If the Olympic gold medalist...

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Use Your Words

Use Your Words

On the last day of January, I lost a friend. Cancer took her in the prime of life, at age 45. Just seven days before she succumbed, I sat at her side, trying to tell her what she meant to me. Cedwyn was the life of the party. Wherever she went instantly became the...

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Give Yourself Some Loving

Give Yourself Some Loving

Greeting cards treat Valentine's Day like it's a day for love. But for many people, it’s a day of self-loathing. "Why am I single, yet again, on another Valentine's Day?" they may wonder. And it goes on: "Why can't I get my house clean? Or get it together at work? Why...

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