Environment and Health

Forging Our Future

Forging Our Future

Flush with their victory in the midterm elections, the Republicans in Congress promised fresh leadership. Instead, both the Senate and House GOP majorities made the speedy and symbolic approval of Keystone XL pipeline bills one of their first priorities. They did this...

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King Coal Catches Black Lung

King Coal Catches Black Lung

What do the executives who run money-losing companies make? Millions of dollars if they’re coal overlords. Take Gregory Boyce. He's pocketed more than $60 million over the past nine years while steering Peabody Energy into a ditch. Shares in Peabody, the world’s...

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Green Believers

Green Believers

By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more than the common good — look silly. Bruce Jenner is sporting nail polish and a ponytail. If the Olympic gold medalist...

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Use Your Words

Use Your Words

On the last day of January, I lost a friend. Cancer took her in the prime of life, at age 45. Just seven days before she succumbed, I sat at her side, trying to tell her what she meant to me. Cedwyn was the life of the party. Wherever she went instantly became the...

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Give Yourself Some Loving

Give Yourself Some Loving

Greeting cards treat Valentine's Day like it's a day for love. But for many people, it’s a day of self-loathing. "Why am I single, yet again, on another Valentine's Day?" they may wonder. And it goes on: "Why can't I get my house clean? Or get it together at work? Why...

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Don’t Give Up the Fight

Don’t Give Up the Fight

My social circle was shaken a few days into the new year with an upsetting blog post. A friend I will call Mary is seriously ill. The blogger requested loving messages to her to be sewn into a quilt. This bombshell began a flood of phone calls, emails, and Facebook...

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Scrubbing the Air of Smog

Scrubbing the Air of Smog

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when his or her child suffers an asthma attack. And I can scarcely fathom how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major asthma trigger...

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Pipeline to Nowhere

Pipeline to Nowhere

When Maria van der Hoeven summed up the 20-year outlook for global energy investment in London last year, she identified a couple of daunting challenges. The amount of money required by 2035 is a staggering $48 trillion, the International Energy Agency chief and...

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