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By Samantha Harvey / On October 16th, 2017

From a city strangled by fossil fuels, a call to fight for a more equitable future emerges. 

By Katharine Sucher / On October 11th, 2017

Booklist called it a "must-read." Kirkus deemed it a "hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative." To Publishers Weekly it is "a damning picture." Carey Gillam's Whitewash ...

By Larry Nielsen / On September 27th, 2017

On September 27, 1962, a highly-anticipated book hit the shelves. Reactions to it were immediate and strong. The author’s best friend called it “the poison book.” A spokesperson for the agricultural chemical industry called it “…gross distortions of the...

By Katharine Sucher / On August 24th, 2017

It can seem like every news story spells bad news for the environment—from the ongoing clean water crisis in Flint, Michigan to Earth's...

By Richard Allen Williams, Mary Pittman / On August 21st, 2017

Switching to clean, safe, renewable energy is one of the most important things we can do for the climate, for the health of our communities now, and for the health of future generations.

By Emily Monosson / On August 3rd, 2017

Untreatable gonorrhea is now a reality—and a sign of a growing threat to public health. Last month, the World Health Organization reported that...

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By Emily Monosson / On June 29th, 2017

Who doesn’t love fireworks? (Aside from our dog, our kids when they were little, and apparently birds – although no surprise there really). It’s also likely that...

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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

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