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Deep Cuba

Voyage to the bottom of the embargo

interview by Chris Clarke Bill Belleville was part of a Discovery Channel-financed expedition to explore Cuba's waters. From the trip came Belleville's recent book, Deep Cuba (University of Georgia Press, 2002).We caught up with Bill at his home in Florida. Tell us a little bit about the expedition that's the subject of Deep Cuba. The Discovery Channel chartered an oceanographic ship -- complete with deep-diving submersible -- from Harbor Branch Oceanographic in…
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by: Chris Clarke – Spring 2003

Bush’s bizarre science

Nathan Walker, www.nathanwalker.net During his presidential campaign, George W. Bush said he supported environmental policies that were "based on sound science." If you're wondering what the Bush administration considers sound science, it's hard to find a better example than the story of Dr. Michael L. Dini. A biology professor at Texas Tech University, Dini is being sued for refusing, as a matter of policy, to write letters of recommendation for students who…
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by: Chris Clarke – Summer 2003

Environmentalists respond to AIDS*

Earth Island Project battles the disease by encouraging small-scale, healthy farming

© Nathan Walker, www.nathanwalker.net Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has grabbed recent headlines with its flurry of deaths and politically sensitive quarantines. The highly infectious Ebola virus is a particularly gruesome and frighteningly swift killer. But no newly emergent disease has had a greater impact on global society than Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Incurable and fatal, with a latency period long enough for the infected to unknowingly spread the disease to…
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by: Chris Clarke – Fall 2003

Mad cow: worse than you think

In December, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarian discovered that a cow imported from Canada into Washington state tested positive for the invariably fatal Mad Cow disease. Two months later, the USDA quietly concluded that it had failed to find as many as 80 animals from the same herd that may also have been infected. The admission of failure, drowned out by a ridiculous Super-Bowl-related controversy, slipped nearly unnoticed past the…
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by: Chris Clarke – Summer 2004

Bushed Again

What Can We Expect in the Next Four Years?

Reuters/Rick Wilking The ink had barely dried on the tens of thousands of uncounted provisional ballots before the Bush administration started consolidating its power. In the wake of an election in which he received 51.02 percent of the popular vote, less than 31 percent of the electorate, Bush lost no time in declaring that his second term would be just like his first, only more so. Two days after the election, Bush…
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by: Chris Clarke – Spring 2005

New nukes is bad nukes

Bush’'s plan for your radioactive future

Reuters photo “To keep our economy growing, we also need reliable supplies of affordable, environmentally responsible energy. (Applause.) Nearly four years ago, I submitted a comprehensive energy strategy that encourages conservation, alternative sources, a modernized electricity grid, and more production here at home – including safe, clean nuclear energy. (Applause.) My Clear Skies legislation will cut power plant pollution and improve the health of our citizens. (Applause.) And my budget provides strong…
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by: Chris Clarke – Summer 2005

The year we lost the deserts

It is a bright July day in the Mojave Desert, and the temperature hovers around 105°F. I have driven this stretch of dirt road more times than I can count, but today the Park Service has closed it to traffic, and so my companion and I leave the pickup truck behind and proceed on foot. The gravel crunches beneath our boot soles. A prairie falcon circles above the ridge to the south,…
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by: Chris Clarke – Winter 2006

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