Environment and Health

A Simpler Solution to Climate Change

A Simpler Solution to Climate Change

Even if climate science is complicated, author Naomi Klein wants you to know that finding a solution to global warming is easy. In her powerful new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, the Canadian globalization expert drills through the noisy...

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Ted Cruz Dreams Up Assorted Fossil Fuel Favors

Ted Cruz Dreams Up Assorted Fossil Fuel Favors

Let's take a cruise down the narrow byways and twisting turns that form Senator Ted Cruz's mind. The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of the Texas Republican's Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it...

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California Adds Steam to the Bag-Banning Movement

California Adds Steam to the Bag-Banning Movement

California is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban plastic grocery bags. Governor Jerry Brown says he intends to sign the bag-banning law California lawmakers approved in early September. The ban will go into effect at grocery stores and pharmacies next...

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Why I’m Marching for Climate Action

Why I’m Marching for Climate Action

I've long known how wasteful, destructive, and dangerous the process of extracting oil from tar sands is. You have to dig up four tons of dirt and rock to get one barrel of oil. Beautiful old-growth boreal forest becomes a wasteland. And that single barrel of oil? It...

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The Leaf Blower Divide

The Leaf Blower Divide

When new neighbors moved in next door, I didn't hold off long before broaching the Big Question. Even though we live in Washington, D.C., this had nothing to do with politics. For me, neighborly harmony hinges on where folks stand on this divide: leaf blower vs. rake....

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Build It and Bikes Will Come

Build It and Bikes Will Come

Did you see the baseball movie Field of Dreams? Even if you didn't, you've probably heard the phrase "If you build it, they will come" — which it immortalized. Well, how about "If you don't build it, they won't come"? When it comes to bicycles, cars, and public...

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Just in the United States, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what's commonly called "makeup." But lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, and the like aren't the only kind of makeup the cosmetic giants are peddling. For years, their lobbyists,...

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Golden Weapons of Destruction Take Aim at El Salvador

Golden Weapons of Destruction Take Aim at El Salvador

An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. will soon decide the fate of millions of people. At issue is whether a government should be punished for refusing to let a foreign mining company operate because it wants to protect its main source of...

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Against the Wind

Against the Wind

Shortly before Congress left for its long summer vacation, Senator Barbara Mikulski tried to block a 150-megawatt wind farm. The Maryland Democrat's move would delay Pioneer Green Energy's construction of the project in her own state until an independent study from...

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