Environment and Health

A Perfect Portrait of Corporate Crime

A Perfect Portrait of Corporate Crime

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's one worth a thousand times that. It's a shot of three Volkswagen board members, gathered for a press conference to announce the resignation of Martin Winterkorn. VW's disgraced CEO was forced out after the auto giant was...

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Francis Gets Served the House Specialty

Francis Gets Served the House Specialty

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying “God bless America” like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss. Take Senator...

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The GOP’s Can’t-Do Attitude

The GOP’s Can’t-Do Attitude

The second Republican presidential debate shed light on why the GOP doesn’t want to do anything about climate change. Senator Marco Rubio led the way, misconstruing the shift toward green energy — which even Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden says is in...

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Urban America’s Slow-Motion Crisis

Urban America’s Slow-Motion Crisis

Baltimore, my hometown, is facing its highest rate of homicides in decades. Along with other cities that are reporting higher than usual violent crime rates this summer, Baltimore’s murder rate is up by 33 percent this year. It’s a terrible reminder that the violence...

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Missing the Forest for the AC

Missing the Forest for the AC

Most of us care about conservation, at least a little. But sometimes we miss the forest for the trees — or in this case, the AC. Take the hostel I recently stayed at in California. All the lights in the hostel were compact fluorescents — those energy-efficient coils...

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Pensions Powered by Climate Change

Pensions Powered by Climate Change

If I had $17 million in savings, I’d take advantage of that financial security and retire early. That’s the average total retirement assets of chief executives at the top 30 U.S. oil, natural gas, and coal companies, according to a recent report by the Institute for...

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The GOP Whiffs Again on Health Care

The GOP Whiffs Again on Health Care

In advice to baseball rookies, Hall of Fame star Ted Williams said: “If you don't think too good, don't think too much.” This should be taken to heart by bush-league congressional leader John Boehner. The Republican speaker of the House keeps thinking he can knock...

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Bear This in Mind

Bear This in Mind

On August 7, an experienced hiker was found dead and half eaten by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. The offending bear was later euthanized. A week later, a black bear injured a man near Yosemite National Park. The man had left a bag of trash outside his...

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The Drill Is Gone

The Drill Is Gone

When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, the GOP’s battle cry from that race also prevailed. Remember “drill, baby, drill”? This country produced 3.2 billion barrels of oil last year, up 75 percent from 1.8 billion in 2008. The boom helps explain why, as...

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