In a time of social and environmental crisis, Aldo Leopold's call for a 'land ethic' is still relevant
Jan. 11 marks the birthday of conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), who called for thinking about land as a living community to protect, not a resource to exploit.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~9 min
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Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
Dec. 10, 2020 • ~10 min
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Asya Magazinnik finds disparate implementation of national policies in jurisdictions across the United States.
Nov. 19, 2020 • ~8 min
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The Trump administration has used executive orders, deregulation and delays to reduce environmental regulation. Biden administration officials will use many of the same tools to undo their work.
Nov. 12, 2020 • ~6 min
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The effects of climate change and mitigation are not just unequal between countries but also within countries.
Oct. 23, 2020 • ~8 min
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Activists can broaden the purview of green recovery plans and highlight issues of climate justice.
Oct. 21, 2020 • ~5 min
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Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.
Sept. 30, 2020 • ~6 min
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The risk of preterm birth rises near gas flaring, reflecting deep-rooted environmental injustices in rural America
A study shows that low-income communities and communities of color are bearing the brunt of the energy industry's pollution in the region. The risks also extend to the unborn.
Aug. 20, 2020 • ~8 min
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Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.
July 30, 2020 • ~7 min
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Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted
A new study shows that while fine particle air pollution has declined nationwide over the past 40 years, the health and environmental benefits haven't been shared evenly.
July 30, 2020 • ~9 min
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