Environment and Health

Giving a Big Story the Cold Shoulder

Giving a Big Story the Cold Shoulder

It's summer — time for barbecues, family vacations, and July 4th fireworks. Unfortunately, summer has also become a time for wildfires, drought, triple-digit heat waves, catastrophic storms, and other deadly reminders of the impact climate change has on our planet....

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A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

Good news for advocates of sensible birth control policy: The Obama administration announced that it's dropping the fight to impose an age restriction on sales of Plan B One-Step, the emergency contraception pill. Reproductive rights advocates are celebrating this...

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A More Sustainable Future for Us All

A More Sustainable Future for Us All

Like many great Americans, Sierra Club founder John Muir was an immigrant. It's only because the Scottish-born environmentalist visionary, who arrived in the United States at the age of 11 after a six-week sea voyage from Glasgow, was able to take advantage of the...

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Screwballism vs. Science

Screwballism vs. Science

When asked what the world needs, people tend to go all gushy and offer up such fuzzy stuff as "world peace" and "more kindness." Yeah, yeah — but get real. Let's talk practicality here. What the world needs is something tangible, a new whiz-bang product that will...

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Neglecting Mother Nature

Neglecting Mother Nature

Wealth and power Bring this curse, Air and water Ever worse. Whether a country's capitalist or communist, a dictatorship or a democracy, it makes no difference to Mother Nature. Regardless of the dominant economic philosophy or form of government, the environment is...

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License to Kill

Regulations stink, right? Lots of politicians run on promises that they'll get rid of them to make way for an economic boom. Well, have you ever considered what our world would look like without regulations? In the early 20th century, almost all paint contained lead....

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