Behind the Smoke Screen

While we have been closely focused on the painful nightly White House briefings on coronavirus, at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Trump’s minions have been busy dismantling decades of regulations…

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The Nordic System

Why would Anu Partanen, a recent immigrant from Finland to the United States, feel threatened by the uncertainties of health care and education and the costs child care?  She was…

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For them and us

Just before the world got sick, before the black Johns Hopkins maps  and Covid on the weather app,  in a crowded Chinese restaurant  a woman leaned sharply as if tugged  …

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Sci-fi Land

Sci-fi Land There was a time when people could converse, go to the beach, frolic in sand and sea, play tennis, baseball, lacrosse, other sports, or show up on the…

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Greta on Climate Crisis

Our House is on Fire; Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by the family of Greta Thunberg. Penguin paperback 2018. Greta Thurnberg made the headlines and wrote…

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In Hot Water with Covid and Climate

An oft-told story in the world of climate change considers the behavior of frogs in hot water. Put a frog in a pan of hot water and it will jump…

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Shopping in Troubled Times

Go to the mall or shop on-line—a nagging question for those who want to minimize their environmental footprint. And, of course, now with the social distancing recommended to combat the…

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Three Lives at the Thorn Preserve

By the stream, a mindless bird, a drab but red-eyed vireo, spends his days warbling  ornate, candid messages. He broadcasts them into the wood, no thought of being understood. A…

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The Woody Biomass Hoax

Forests are too valuable to burn, but growing interest in using wood to replace fossil fuels to help mitigate climate change stems from the wood-pellet industry, led by Enviva, in…

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