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May 2008

ExxonMobil, the Supreme Court and what’s really at stake for American justice in an era of disaster

The following is an essay from Dr. Riki Ott, author of our forthcoming book, Not One Drop: Promises, Betrayal, and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. The Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear ExxonMobil’s reasons to void the $2.5 billion punitive award in the Exxon Valdez case hit the town of […]

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Locavore: The origin of the word (of the year)

The Oxford University Press named “locavore”— coined by Chelsea Green author Jessica Prentice (Full Moon Feast) —as its “Word of the Year” for 2007. Jessica wrote up the following essay on the word’s origin for the Oxford University Press blog, and sent us a copy as well. You can read the blog post here, or […]

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Globalization Meets Global Warming

The following is an article from Les Leopold. Les is the executive director of the Labor Institute and Public Health Institute in New York, and author of The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi. As global warming negotiations move from Bali towards a worldwide treaty, it is […]

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Marijuana, Cocaine, Psychiatric Drugs, and Hypocrisy

The following is an article by Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D. Bruce is a clinical psychologist and author of Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy. While Americans are inundated with coverage of the Democrats’ quibbling over Barack Obama’s use of marijuana and cocaine as a teenager, […]

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The 100K “Green” house project

I tip my hat to a team of builders in north Philadelphia who are attempting to design and build a modern “green” home in North Philadelphia with a budget of $100,000. They are documenting the process on a project blog at and a flickr gallery. It’s a great project and one we should all […]

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Why is Gardening so Much Work?

The following article is adapted from Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway. Toby is revising this popular title with a new edition available early next year. Ecology, Mr. Webster tells us, is “concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments.” I call these gardens ecological because they connect one organism—people—to […]

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Necessity is the Mother of … Conservation

The New York Times recently posted story about the power-crisis facing the city of Juneau, Alaska. On April 16th, an avalanche cut them off from a local hydroelectric dam that supplied 80 percent of the city’s electricity. Back-up power, from diesel generators, is tiding them over until power can be restored in late June. Using […]

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It’s Time to Hold Democratic House Leaders in Contempt

The following is an article written by Naomi Wolf. Naomi is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot and is the co-founder of the American Freedom Campaign. Enough is enough. Like many of us, after having watched helplessly as the Bush administration trampled […]

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Maine town says no to GMOs

Hats off to the folks of little Montville, Maine, a town of about 1,000 people where there is no post office, no store, and no school. But those facts don’t mean they are lacking in spirit or smarts. Two weeks ago at their annual town meeting, residents passed an ordinance banning genetically-engineered crops. According to […]

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for food irradiation!

Well, no we really don’t scream for that. But, apparently the USDA and their pals at the American Chemistry Society think we do. According to the folks at Natural News, who have a great article on the topic, USDA researchers conducted a study to see what worked best to kill bacteria on leafy greens like […]

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