Environment and Health

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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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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Playing Toxic Whack-a-Mole

Playing Toxic Whack-a-Mole

Popular activities like hiking, camping, and backpacking come with all kinds of risks. You can get heat stroke or hypothermia, run out of water, fall off a cliff, and bump into cougars or grizzly bears. If you get close enough to an infected ground squirrel for one of...

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