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March 9, 2015 | Feature

Important Legal Issues Raised By National Mining Association v. EPA

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a critical case involving mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants. At stake are up to 11,000 lives a year, and a very dangerous precedent that industry profits are more important than people.

March 9, 2015 | Blog Post

Washington State’s Numbers Game

Washington’s Department of Ecology is making me cynical, and it’s bumming me out. The Clean Water Act is one of the best things to ever happen to the environment. A bipartisan Congress (remember those?) passed a law that said we need to clean up and protect our nation’s waters so that we can drink the water, swim in the water and fish from the water. Fishing includes eating the fish we catch, and these uses together are known as the “fishable and swimmable” goals of the Clean Water Act.

March 9, 2015 | Feature

At the Supreme Court: Profits Before People?

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a critical case involving mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Up to 11,000 lives hang in the balance, many of whom are from overburdened communities.

March 6, 2015 | Blog Post

Celebrating Creative Women in a Climate Crisis

Wherever International Women's Day is observed, there are people celebrating the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, and I am one of them. So much that is good about the environmental movement begins with her. But even the wildly original Rachel Carson owed a debt to courageous women of imagination before her, including author Mary Shelley.

March 6, 2015 | Blog Post

The Wolf: Man’s Best, and Oldest, Friend

The sound of a wolf’s howl, as portrayed in today’s media, can send shivers down a person’s spine. However, new research finds that early humans living in a dangerous world filled with mammoths, rhinos, hyenas and lions may have found a wolf’s howl to be a comforting sound that reminded them they had a friend and ally nearby.

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