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Nuclear disaster in Japan, oil disaster in the Gulf. What’s next?



The nuclear meltdown in Japan and the recent oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may seem unrelated, but they're not. Both catastrophes occurred because we've made three fundamental mistakes in the way we generate energy. 1) We have relied on centralized power plants that use dangerous fuels to meet energy demand. Most countries that can afford it […]

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We’re Drinking the Same Water as Cleopatra. Is It as Clean?



Did you get a drink or throw in a load of laundry before starting to read this blog, written in honor of Blog Action Day? You probably could have, given the easy access most of us have to clean water. One person of every three on the planet today isn't nearly so fortunate, according to the […]

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What is the Oil Spill Doing to Flipper?



On a recent trip to Australia, I had the good fortune to spend a day scuba diving and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. From above, the water appeared blue, calm, and seemingly empty. But as soon as I dipped below the surface, I was amazed. As far as the eye could see, the underwater world teemed with animals. […]

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