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Trading Places

Let’s say you chose the neighborhood you live in because everything you needed – grocery store, school, park, a bank, your job – was within walking distance or a short commute. Imagine, then, that year after year changes beyond your control began to push all of this slowly out of reach. The bank relocated a few miles to the north, the grocery store moved up the hill, the school relocated across town.…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – Summer 2010

Cashing in on Disaster

As oil continues to flow unabated from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico at what’s estimated to be a rate of at least 210,000 gallons a day, a suite of extraordinary measures are being deployed to both staunch…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – May 5, 2010

In Praise of Backyard Hens’ Eggs

A late summer diversion

This may seem incredible and laughable to those with more rural experience, but as a lifelong city dweller – a third-generation native of New York City – who grew up and spent much of her life living in small Manhattan apartments, I…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – September 9, 2009

Give us a piece of your mind!

The CDC begins its National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures

“What you are hearing is pent up frustration at the lack of action from the most impacted communities,” said Robert Bullard professor of sociology at Clark Atlanta University, on Friday morning June 26th at what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – June 29, 2009

Don’t Lick Your Lips

Is lead in lipstick okay?

In October 2007, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics caused a stir with its release of test results for 33 brands of lipstick that revealed that 61 percent of all those tested contained measurable levels of lead and that about a third of…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – June 3, 2009

Shrinking Bigfoot

The Carbon Calculus – What Counts?

“Eliminate Newspapers, Save the Planet?” ran the headline on The New York Times “Green, Inc.” blog reporting on the Marriott hotel group’s decision to discontinue automatic newspaper delivery to hotel guests – a move that, according to Marriott, will cut out some…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – April 22, 2009

Paltry Predictions

Why Have Some of the World’s Best and Brightest Minds Underestimated How Quickly We’re Scorching the Atmosphere?

In its most recent official report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) significantly underestimated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would occur during the last seven years, a miscalculation that has put the planet beyond the “range of possibilities” considered by some of the world’s top climatologists. The overly optimistic predictions in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment, released in 2007, appear to have been driven, in part, by the political dynamics…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – Spring 2009

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