Environment and Health

Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass

Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass

Retired professional photographer Rick Rappaport was standing in 6 inches of water on the overcrowded floating dock, watching the drama unfold before him. The Fennica, a massive Shell icebreaker ship, was inching down Oregon's Willamette River en route to Alaska. It...

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Is O’Malley an Environmental Champion?

Is O’Malley an Environmental Champion?

Commanding the backing of only 2 percent of Democrats in national polls, Martin O’Malley isn’t exactly a big contender in his quest to become the party's presidential nominee. But like the rest of the growing number of hopefuls, the former Maryland governor is...

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A Driving Force

A Driving Force

Back in 1898, New York City hosted a global environmental summit. Flummoxed, the assembled experts disbanded early without agreeing on workable solutions. What daunting crisis brought about this precursor of today's big UN climate conferences? Fast-growing cities were...

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What’s the End Game?

What’s the End Game?

I was researching a billionaire who made a fortune in the pomegranate business when I came across an old New Yorker article that opened a window into her life. Every minute of her day is booked in a life devoted to the constant quest for more money. It made me wonder:...

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A Hidden Hand in Obesity

A Hidden Hand in Obesity

If you looked at me, you might not be able to tell that I'm obese. According to the measure of my Body Mass Index (BMI), I am. Slightly. I don't wear plus-sized clothing, I've only got one chin, and you wouldn't mind sitting next to me on an airplane. Most people who...

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A Slick Maneuver

A Slick Maneuver

What a relief. In exchange for Iran taking steps to guarantee that it can’t build nuclear weapons, the sanctions that have choked off its access to world markets will end without a single shot. Instead of celebrating this diplomatic breakthrough, conservative...

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Lighting a Legal Fuse

Lighting a Legal Fuse

Climate action is finally gaining ground in Washington. No, not that Washington. Following their victory in a Seattle court, eight children are pressing Washington State’s Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon pollution. The agency has until August 7 to reach...

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A Luxury Vacation with No Modern Conveniences

A Luxury Vacation with No Modern Conveniences

When you read this, I'll probably be out in the wilderness on a 220-mile hike along the John Muir Trail. Embarking on this journey through California’s breathtaking Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks reminded me of a conversation I had in Mexico five...

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