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Spring 2016

volume 31 no 1
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From the Editor

“Drinking a glass of water shouldn’t be risky business,” I wrote in the previous issue of this magazine. Sadly, the unfolding crisis in Flint, Michigan – where people’s drinking water has been poisoned with dangerous levels of lead, where officials failed to notify residents for months after they learned of the problem – shows that a glass of water continues to be risky in many places across the United States.

We now know that anywhere from 6,000 and 12,000 children in Flint have been exposed to the contaminated water, which could leave …more


Casualties of War
Radioactive waste from the nation’s atomic past could be connected to the high number of cancers and rare illnesses in North St. Louis County.
Living in Limbo
Five years after the meltdown in Fukushima, the Japanese government’s effort to reboot its nuclear energy program is still being met with resistance.
Repurposing Rocky Flats
The transition of a heavily polluted nuclear site into a wilderness refuge raises questions about the implications of hiding our tainted environmental past.
Stories: Killing to Conserve
Is it effective, or ethical, to cull one protected species to help another?
Conversation: Rhea Suh
Stories: Sea Change
The wasting disease afflicting sea stars is but one of many indications that a warmer ocean is a sicker ocean.
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In Review: The Naturalist We Know Nothing About
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
by Andrea Wulf
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015, 496 pages
In Review: Battling Big Oil in Texas
A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas
by Adam Briggle
Liverlight Publishing Corporation, 2015, 336 pages
Voices: The Something I Do



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