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Fixing Infrastructure Instead of Building New

By Kim Robson: In the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, which is about neither Zen Buddhism nor motorcycle maintenance, the author nonetheless frequently uses motorcycle maintenance as an analogy for life: “The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There …

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International Coastal Cleanup Day

By Larraine Roulston: Discarded plastic and other resources accumulate in five different ocean garbage patches. The plastic, if left to increase, will negatively impact our ecosystem. It’s a problem that needs not only to be tackled at its source but also demands a massive cleanup. September 16th marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that …

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Baking Soda — Great for Personal Care

By Larraine Roulston: Baking soda offers a lengthy list of benefits for personal health. As a deodorizer, it covers many areas. When placed inside a closet, it will freshen the air as well as clothing. In the bathroom, add 1 cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl where it will clean and …

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How Air Pollution Effects Our Bodies

By Fredrica Syren: Air pollution is one of the worst environmental health-related crises we face today. Breathing is something most of us take for granted but unfortunately, with every breath we take, we also inhale lots of pollution. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released at the end of …

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Life on the Green Road: Traveling with Children In Australia

By Marie Nieves: Australia is a land of unparalleled natural diversity comprised of aquatic wonders like the Great Barrier Reef, uninhabitable and arid deserts, as well as lush rainforests in subtropical parts of Australia. Few manage to explore everything this amazing country has to offer. Even though it is now …

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Plastic Bag Bans

By Kim Robson: Everyone agrees that the alarming amount of plastic in our oceans is a huge environmental concern. All across the country, forward-thinking coastal municipalities are enacting bans on plastic bags. Most of us are already long accustomed to bringing our own reusable shopping bags anyway. But many people …

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Paris Accord Pullout Is Bad for U.S. Business

By Kim Robson: Claiming he represented the “people of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord recently. He believes that saving a handful of coal jobs makes him look like a “man of the people,” but in fact his shortsighted actions only reveal …

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The Real Junk Food Project

By Fredrica Syren: The real junk food project is a charity that campaigns against food waste by challenging businesses and trying to highlight the issue. They do so with three “share houses” in Sheffield, Birmingham and Leeds; and with cafes, catering, Fuel for School, and other events that serve unwanted food …

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