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Formosa Explosion Doesn’t Surprise Diane Wilson

Last week a new explosion at Formosa Plastics in Texas sent 11 workers to the hospital. Diane Wilson was quoted in the Houston Chronicle in a headline reading “Activist ‘Not Surprised’.” This latest offense was not news to Diane, who has been clamoring about the irresponsible safety measures at Formosa and other chemical giants in Texas for years. But it did make me curious about local explosions or chemical spills in Vermont. The ARIP database is a great resource offered by the Right to Know Network, where you can look up significant chemical spills by region, corporation, or chemical, if you’re feeling up to it. Even after reading Diane’s book, my jaw dropped a little as I typed in “Union Carbide” and watched the scroll bar go from small to smaller, indexing their long list of hazardous spills.


Enter to Win Your Copy of Nuclear Roulette

Seventy years ago, the city of Hiroshima was incinerated by an atomic bomb. Today, tens of thousands gather in Japan to mark the anniversary with silent ceremonies and somber reflections. In the United States, visitors to the National Air and Space Museum hear a narrative recounting that day as they view the Enola Gay, the […] Read More..

Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..