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By Katharine Sucher / On June 23rd, 2017

Bugs and germs are big problems—and they’re evolving. Each year, 2,300 people in the U.S. die from drug-resistant bacterial infections and farmers lose billions of dollars of crops to insects that evade pesticides. But there is reason for hope. In the...

By Katharine Sucher / On June 20th, 2017

In a political age of "alternative facts," we need defenders of science to speak up now more than ever. We spoke with toxicologist Emily Monosson, author of ...

By Diana Toledo, Steve Burrington , Lila Cabbil / On June 7th, 2017

Cities and states should pursue equitable water solutions, not water shutoffs

By Tanika Thompson / On June 5th, 2017

Seattle’s proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is an opportunity to invest in the health of those most in need: working families and low-income communities of color

By Brian Moench / On May 31st, 2017

Now, more than ever, we need to maintain and improve policies that "unmask" our cities from air pollution and halt climate change

By Kyler Geoffroy / On May 12th, 2017

A podcast interview with NAACP’s Jacqueline Patterson on the importance of viewing environmental issues as civil rights issues

By Richard Allen Williams, Elena Rios / On March 15th, 2017

Today, more than 100 million Americans depend on healthcare safety-net programs: Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that safety net could be shredded if Dr. Tom Price—Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services—has...

By Emily Monosson / On January 31st, 2017

For the past couple of years, I’ve been wondering why the Vet can vaccinate our dog for Lyme*, but the best our doctor can offer is a dose of doxycyline, ex post facto. Why is it, despite the spraying and tucking and checking out the nooks and...

By Ann Vileisis / On January 6th, 2017

This blog originally appeared on Tilth.org and is reposted here with permission.  Two hundred years ago, most Americans had a...

By Emily Monosson / On November 29th, 2016

A toddler suddenly becomes deathly ill. In the ER she is diagnosed with dysentery, caused by a rare but particularly aggressive form of Salmonella. One antibiotic after another fails because the strain, picked up when her family was...

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