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September 5, 2017 Environment

The Changing of the Tide

By: W. Douglas Smith

I met Lopsang Tsering Sherpa nearly 40 years ago. I was there to climb Hiunchuli, an insignificant twenty thousander by Himalayan standards. In those days, the Kathmandu airport had one...

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August 29, 2017 Environment
A satellite image of Hurricane Harvey making landfall in Texas. (Photo: NOAA)

Another Effect of Harvey? Toxic Air Pollution

By: Common Dreams

By Jake Johnson As the catastrophic flooding brought about by Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate Texas, reports of "unbearable" smells are beginning to emerge from the state, sparking growing concerns of the...

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July 23, 2017 Environment
The Sixth Mass Extinction is already underway. (Photo: W. Douglas Smith)

The Sixth Mass Extinction is Progressing Nicely

By: W. Douglas Smith

The depletion of natural resources, ocean acidification, sea level rise, melting glaciers and climate change are all ahead of schedule. Conflicts over energy choices threaten global economies and security. Nuclear proliferation...

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May 31, 2017 Human Health
A scan of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. (Photo: NIAID / Wikimedia Commons)

Antibiotic Resistant Genes Lurk in City Parks

By: Belinda Waymouth

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs have health experts on high alert, and for good reason. They currently kill 23,000 people each year in the United States, and with antibiotic resistance rapidly increasing, worldwide they are...

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April 22, 2017 Environment
These murals dot the few remaining homes in Hinkely. (Photo: Michael Cervin / Planet Experts)

The Resurrection of the Hinkley Valley: Of Crops, Chrom-6 and Erin Brockovich

By: Michael Cervin

Perhaps Julia Roberts could be forgiven when she won the Academy Award for her performance in the Oscar-wining movie Erin Brockovich and forgot to thank the real Erin Brockovich. But...

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April 14, 2017 Climate & Energy
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Claire Anderson / Unsplash)

The Climate Change Lawsuit That Could Save the Planet

By: Jedamiah Wolf

“The one thing about climate change and the fundamental rights being asserted by my 21 youth plaintiffs is that they’re really threatened by the irreversibility of their rights and the...

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March 22, 2017 Human Health
Is fluoride safe? (Photo: Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr)

Fear or Folly? The 411 on Fluoride

By: Michael Cervin

It is perhaps ironic that the same day the WWII Battle of the Bulge ended on January 25th, 1945 (Hitler’s last offensive to dominate Europe) is also the exact day...

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March 13, 2017 Human Health

VIDEO: Community Activists Spread Word About Flint's Ongoing Water Crisis

By: Rick Baraff

On January 26th -- well over 1,000 days into the ongoing Flint water crisis -- unwitting community leaders Melissa Mays and Nayyirah Shariff traveled to Dallas at the invitation of Jim Schermbeck,...

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March 3, 2017 Human Health
Jelly Bean Kush. (Photo: Dank Depot / Flickr)

Weed Wars: Will the Trump Administration Stymie Marijuana Legalization?

By: Jedamiah Wolf

The White House recently made some not-so-subtle hints about a federal crackdown on marijuana. Could the feds roll back the rapidly blooming end to prohibition? And what does this mean...

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February 10, 2017 Human Health
Fresh nuggets of Candyland, a sativa-dominant hybrid. (Photo: Brian Klonoski / Planet Experts)

A Guide to Question 4 and Wicked Legal Weed in Massachusetts

By: Brian Klonoski

Seeing that it was the birthplace of the American Revolution and all -- not to mention the first state to pass sweeping healthcare reform and allow same-sex marriage -- it's...

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February 3, 2017 Climate & Energy
A pipeline leak in Iowa spewed nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the environment. (Photo: Hayden Irwin / Flickr)

Iowa Contains Nasty Pipeline Leak, But What's the Real Impact?

By: Nick Marinoff

What are the biggest consequences of a gas leak? That’s what residents of Worth County in Northern Iowa are likely asking themselves following a pipeline failure that caused nearly 140,000...

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January 27, 2017 Human Health
One of the top marks of a functioning civilization is the delivery of fresh, safe, clean reliable drinking water to the public. (Photo: [cipher] / Flickr)

Water is Life: Safe, Sustainable, Public Water in the Age of Trump

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

One of the top marks of a functioning civilization is the delivery of fresh, safe, clean reliable drinking water to the public. James Joyce celebrated Dublin’s public water in Ulysses for its...

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