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Who Is Responsible For China Air Pollution?

By Kim Robson: We’re all aware of the deadly effects of smog. China generates the world’s worst air pollution. According to a new study from the Peking University in Beijing, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a large portion of their smog is produced …

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Activism — Aiming for Change

By Fredrica Syren: I don’t think you ever choose to become an activist, but that you choose to be active. That is how my journey toward activism began many years ago. I grew up in a household where activism was strong. When I was seven years old, I asked my …

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Getting Off Oil, One Bag at a Time

By Larraine Roulston: In the not too distant past, most North American shoppers entered stores empty handed. They were seen leaving supermarkets with carts overflowing with plastic bags, some often containing only a couple of items. If shoppers carried their own bags, using them was sometimes a battle.  “Take our bags. …

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New Birth Right Bill To Regulate Home Births in Hawaii

By Fredrica Syren: A heated debate over the safety of home birth in Hawaii has been sparked by SB 2569. Since its introduction last week, women have gone to Hawaii’s State Capitol to protest it. The bill is aimed at regulating home births and creating more state control of the …

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Reclaimed Waste Plastic for 3D Printing

Kim Robson: Plastic was once the greatest, most promising new material invented in the 20th century. Who remembers this exchange from The Graduate? Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: …

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The Flight of the Monarch Butterflies

By Dawna Matthews: Every year, during the fall and winter, monarch butterflies make a miraculous and long journey from Canada and through the United States to Michoacan, Mexico. Monarchs living east of the Rocky Mountains in North America fly south each fall and gather in the Oyamel fir and pine forest …

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Plastic Bags Recycled into Diesel Fuel

By Fredrica Syren: We live in a society where everything is plastic because of our throwaway mentality. For someone like me, who consciously tries to avoid plastic as much as possible, it’s hard and takes a lot of work; and sometimes even then I end up with plastic bags. There …

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The Children’s Pool In La Jolla Problem

By Kim Robson: The Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla, California, is a small sandy beach that has been embroiled in controversy over public use vs. wildlife protection for over 20 years. In 1931, philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps paid for a curving sea wall to be built to protect the …

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How to Green Your Work Place

By Kim Robson: We all try our best to live our lives as sustainably as possible. We can change our habits at home and in our daily lives, but the office can be a bit more of a challenge. Let’s face it: we have to keep the lights on, and …

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Global Winter Warming?

By Dawna Matthews: Here in the United States, the groundhog has seen his shadow and declared another 6 weeks of winter. As I look out my window, I see fluffy flakes of snow fall onto sparkling white as my daughter tries to catch them on her tongue. We even have …

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