Christine MacDonald

What GIS Mapping Technology Can Tell You About the Health of Your Neighborhood and Your Risk for Illness

San Bernardino, a city on the eastern edge of Los Angeles' exurban sprawl, is a veritable "food desert." For every grocery store or otherwise "healthy" food outlet, the city has eight fast-food joints, convenience stores and other junk food purveyors -- along with rampant heart disease, lung cancer and diabetes rates and a life expectancy eight years shorter than the average Californian.

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Why Some of Our Last Remaining Old-Growth Forests May Be Privatized for a Political Favor

While world leaders converge on Rio de Janeiro this week to discuss what can be done to rein in climate change, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has other plans: It will take up an omnibus bill that bundles together more than a dozen proposals that critics have denounced as a sweeping effort to roll back environmental laws and privatize public lands.  

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Can New Corporate Pledges of Zero Waste Make Landfills Obsolete?

Last month, the Cradle-to-Cradle certification program officially affixed its first seals of approval to products made — exclusively — with materials that can eventually be returned to the production line as "technical nutrients" or to the Earth as compostable "biological nutrients."

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Why the End May Be Coming for Coal

Patrick O'Hara, who works next door to a coal-burning power plant in Chicago, was recently diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis brought on, he believes, by breathing in pollution from the plant. So, when he heard about a mass protest to demand action on global warming, O'Hara boarded a train for Washington, D.C., and joined thousands of people who marched around the coal-burning power plant that supplies energy to the U.S. Capitol.

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