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I don’t want this blog to be totally depresso (adj; sadness resulting from lack of coffee), but climate change is making coffee farming more difficult than ever. I help run a Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee farm in Costa Rica where coffee plants have been plagued by a nasty, newly arrived fungus, and last year, torrential summer rains cut our yield in half (see chart of last year’s rainfall versus the 45-year average).

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Being a mother makes the future present. What day is there when you don’t have a glimpse of your child as a grown-up? I am not a planner when it comes to my own life. I am bad at saving money—that is, I generally don’t. But I can see the smart, funny, capable 18-year-old my son Sher will be, and so, I am evolving a new skill of saving so I can pay for college fifteen years from now.

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Spring has come to Washington, D.C., and the congressional appropriations process—the process by which the government is funded—has emerged from hibernation after last year’s budget deal. The year began with calls from both the Senate and the House of Representatives for “regular order,” which long ago meant getting all of the budget bills that fund different parts of the government completed on time and signed into law individually.

Earthjustice attorneys Jan Hasselman and Amanda Goodin after receiving the Green Hammer award.

For decades, communities across the nation have been exposed to toxic waste due to irresponsible industrial management of toxic chemicals. The so-called “Superfund law of 1980 was enacted to ensure there would be money in place to clean up these industrial messes, but funding often ran dry, leaving the burden of clean-up on the shoulders of taxpayers.

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The stroke of a pen has been known to shape the course of history. On Earth Day, more than 170 countries signed the global climate deal reached in Paris last December. Do their signatures herald a turning point? Will our children’s children learn to revere the Paris Agreement as the global charter that secured their future? It depends on what we do—or fail to do—in the next two years to implement and strengthen the agreement.

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