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Dara Colwell is a freelance writer based in San Francisco.
MDMA (Ecstasy) Is a Lifesaver for Vets with PTSD: It's Time to Bring It Back as a Legal Therapy Tool
Posted on: Dec 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Veterans and therapists press the military to overcome misguided fears and opt for a drug policy that helps heal.
Our Love Affair With Our Lawns Is Hurling the U.S. Toward Water Crisis
Posted on: Oct 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet
We spend $40 billion annually on our lawns and spend $10 billion more on pesticides and fertilizers keeping them green. But worse, they're draining diminishing water resources.
Creating a 'Pollution Casino': Why the Energy Bill May End Up a Boon for Our Dirtiest Industries
Posted on: Jun 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Let's take a look at why Waxman-Markey has the support of big polluters such as Shell Oil and Duke Energy, and not many environmental groups.
Help Save the Earth, Time to Subsitute Hemp for Oil
Posted on: Jun 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Every man-made fiber we wear, sit on, cook with, drive in, are by-products of the petroleum industry -- all of which could be replaced by hemp.
Hemp Is Not Pot: It's the Economic Stimulus and Green Jobs Solution We Need
Posted on: Mar 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet
We can make over 25,000 things with it. Farmers love it. Environmentalists love it. You can't get high from it. So why is it still illegal?
A Solar Gold Rush Is Spreading From California to New Jersey
Posted on: Oct 29, 2008, Source: AlterNet
With new solar-powered movie theaters and factories, the solar industry is exploding. But how far can it take us toward a clean energy future?
Frankenforests: GE Trees Threaten Ecosystem Collapse
Posted on: Aug 1, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Across the U.S. and the world, the timber industry is driving research behind genetically engineered forests. But environmentalists worry that it will open an ecological Pandora's Box.
Why Working Less is Better for the Globe
Posted on: May 20, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Americans are working harder than ever before and at a greater cost to the environment. Research suggests that practicing a more simple lifestyle made people happier while using fewer resources.
Why Are Americans Afraid of Being Naked?
Posted on: Apr 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet
In the Netherlands people can be naked in their gardens, the beach and recently the gym. But in America, even chocolate sculptures can't be without clothes. What gives?
Carbon Offsets: Buying Your Way Out of Responsibility
Posted on: Apr 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet
More and more people are using carbon offsets to rationalize consumption. But will paying extra money to have trees planted in India really negate the pollution from your flight to Europe?
Green Roofs: Building for the Future
Posted on: Mar 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Green roofs have been around for millennia. But as the planet heats up and green space dwindles, they are gaining in popularity in the U.S. and abroad.
Dutch Conservatives Crack Down on Coffee Shops
Posted on: Oct 11, 2006, Source: AlterNet
Is the Dutch government wrecking Amsterdam's reputation as Europe's most liberal, "anything goes" destination?
Tasting the Vine of Souls
Posted on: Oct 27, 2004, Source: AlterNet
Used traditionally for visionary experiences, ayahuasca has become the chosen cocktail of contemporary urban seekers.
Posted on: Oct 12, 2004, Source: AlterNet
Voter registration has reached a fever pitch overseas, where expatriate Americans are signing up for absentee ballots in record numbers.
Gay with God
Posted on: Jul 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet
Given past rejection and open persecution by mainstream religion many gay men are seeking spiritual guidance outside the church.
It's Cool to Get High
Posted on: May 9, 2004, Source: AlterNet
Is Americans' attitude toward casual use relaxing? It appears that the nation is now ripe for catching the buzz.
Posted on: May 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet
Hemp, a valuable crop that can be used in everything from paper to frozen waffles, remains outlawed and stigmatized due to its psychoactive cousin, marijuana. Do recent court decisions signify a rise in acceptance?
Brand-Name Price Gouging
Posted on: Mar 17, 2004, Source: AlterNet
While the Bush administration has pledged to make AIDS drugs available to developing countries, current US trade policies are undermining efforts to gain access to affordable medicines.
The Schmios Go to War
Posted on: Apr 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet
The latest installment of New York's annual spoof of the ad industry's Clio Awards highlights the convergence of corporate and military propaganda.
Levis: Made in China?
Posted on: May 8, 2002, Source: AlterNet
The classic American clothing company, Levi Strauss, is shutting its domestic factories and moving all production to China, leaving behind an increasingly anxious U.S. garment industry.
Ground Zero at the World Economic Forum
Posted on: Feb 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet
Pitted against the wildly popular NYPD, this weekend's anti-WEF protesters were more subdued than their predecessors in Seattle or Davos. Was their message still heard?
Baring the Cyber Soul
Posted on: Jan 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet
Whether admitting to cross dressing, nosehair burning, a used panty addiction or even murder, guilt-ridden Americans are turning away from the Church and to online confession sites.
Sex Industry Sent Topsy-Turvy by Terror
Posted on: Nov 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet
The prostitution industry has been thrown for a loop by Sept. 11, with some sex workers suffering economic woes and others capitalizing on America's need for kinky distraction.
Confessions of a Call Girl's Friend
Posted on: Oct 30, 2001, Source: Metro Silicon Valley
"Toni" made no secret of her occupation when I interviewed to become her roommate. And, sure, she never brings her tricks home, but there are some parts of a job that can't be left behind.
The SUV-Terrorism Connection
Posted on: Oct 14, 2001, Source: AlterNet
As the Middle East becomes more unstable, it makes sense to increase our "energy security" by reducing dependence of foreign oil. But how to do it? Simple -- crack down on SUVs.
Posted on: Mar 5, 2001, Source: Metro Silicon Valley
Ethical concerns are prompting some kosher Jews to team up with environmentalists in a battle against genetically engineered foods.
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