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Eco-Homebodies: Finding Afar Close to Home

A view of Portland on 350 Day, October 24th, 2009 I’ve been away from my home in Portland, Oregon for 75 percent of 2010. I’ve become used to a gypsy eco-adventure life on the road or at sea – I’ve got a good tan and my hair is going blonde, […]

Garbage, Saints and Whale Sharks of The South Atlantic

ExclusiveTouring St. Helena and beyond. “He died of stomach cancer,” are nearly the first words that come out of our tour guide’s mouth. The guide, a diminutive woman of no more than four and a half feet, is adamant on this point. We’re standing in the drawing room of Napoleon […]

The Air Is Sooty. We Should Clean It Up.

I’m no chemist. In fact, I get a little jittery around (and refuse to make eye contact with) the Periodic Table on my son’s closet door. But, given the subject matter here, I must do my best to understand the basic causes surrounding greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on […]

Garbage, Saints and Whale Sharks of The South Atlantic

ExclusiveTouring St. Helena and beyond. “He died of stomach cancer,” are nearly the first words that come out of our tour guide’s mouth. The guide, a diminutive woman of no more than four and a half feet, is adamant on this point. We’re standing in the drawing room of Napoleon […]

Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free

I’ve been watching the growing condemnation of BP from all sides of the political spectrum and it’s making me mad as hell! Now, don’t get me wrong – BP is no friend of mine. Some days I can’t bear to read the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, […]

Re-Thinking China

According to Ecotextile News, the Chinese government recently “ordered the closure of over 2,000 companies in 18 different industries – including the dyeing and finishing sector – as the country mulls a new environmental tax on manufacturing to crack down on highly polluting industries.” This environmental tax will likely be […]

Congress Gets Tough on Infertility-Causing Chemicals

Five years ago, a group of women’s health advocates met with scientists in California to discuss creeping infertility rates among men and women. Between 1995 and 2002, the number of couples having problems conceiving had grown from 6.1 million to 7.3 million. That meant that one out of every eight […]

Our Water Has a Drug Problem

Last year, it was widely reported that drinking water in many major metropolitan areas was contaminated with trace amounts of drugs. All types of drugs – everything from over-the-counter pain medications to antidepressants to prescription medication for high blood pressure and heart disease. The drugs we ingest pass right through […]

Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death: YOUR Plastic Footprint

  It’s been an interesting few weeks. UN meetings, talks with major film and television networks about filming my nonprofit’s expeditions as we sail around the world studying plastic in our oceans. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the concept of global pollution in terms of scale. The scale of problems […]

10 Reasons to Love National Bike Month

We’re already well into May – and that means it’s National Bike Month. To celebrate our favorite mode of transportation (sorry, Segway, try again next year), here are a few reasons to put feet to pedals. Did you know… …that cycling is almost comically efficient? You’re getting around 3 times […]

3 Ways China Is Working To Clean Up Its Air Pollution

China’s urban air pollution went off the charts this past winter, and the world took notice. With aggressive policies on the books, is this industrial giant finally admitting that health is more important than production?  In a list of the world’s most polluted nations, China is a shoe-in. An accelerated pace […]

Let’s Learn About Environmental Justice [Video]

Sometimes you just need a crash course in racism and poverty, and how these subjects relate to pollution and climate change. The following video from Grist explains how certain people in cities and nations are more impacted by pollution. Because, after all, social justice is an environmental issue. Now, on […]

Breathe Cleaner Air With These 7 Houseplants

I am marrying a man who knows how to work a houseplant. It is, as the Victorians might have termed, an extremely advantageous match. Why? Because I once kept a ficus tree in the same pot for 13 years and possess plant nurturing skills that work like a bottle of […]

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Let’s Learn About Environmental Justice [Video]

Sometimes you just need a crash course in racism and poverty, and how these subjects relate to pollution and climate change. The following video from Grist explains how certain people in cities and nations are more impacted by pollution. Because, after all, social justice is an environmental issue. Now, on […]

China’s Synthetic Natural Gas: Is It Really Clean Energy?

China is doubling-down on synthetic natural gas in hopes of reducing air pollution. But is this new natural gas any cleaner? A study published in Nature last month investigated the finer details of China’s recent approval of nine synthetic natural gas power plants (with plans to build 4o more). As you may […]

3 Ways China Is Working To Clean Up Its Air Pollution

China’s urban air pollution went off the charts this past winter, and the world took notice. With aggressive policies on the books, is this industrial giant finally admitting that health is more important than production?  In a list of the world’s most polluted nations, China is a shoe-in. An accelerated pace […]

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Let’s Learn About Environmental Justice [Video]

Sometimes you just need a crash course in racism and poverty, and how these subjects relate to pollution and climate change. The following video from Grist explains how certain people in cities and nations are more impacted by pollution. Because, after all, social justice is an environmental issue. Now, on […]