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Yearly Archives: 2012

Silent Spring at 50

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring at 50 years of age is on my short list of things to mention at Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Her creative genius lay in wedding her passion for biology with her desire to write. While she is remembered most vividly for sparking the modern environmental movement, Carson did not live to […]

Honoring Resilience

  I would love to live Like a river flows Carried by the surprise Of its own unfolding. – John O’Donohue     I would love to flow like a river, yet I am tossed mercilessly by a mighty storm surge.  Hurricane Sandy has unleashed suffering and loss, fear and uncertainty, anger and desperation. Hearts […]

Building Belmont: In Lean Times, Efficiency Counts

In Belmont, Massachusetts, the first public building to earn certification from the U.S. Green Building Council isn’t the town hall or the mayor’s office, it’s the town’s forward-thinking senior center. “It’s a stereotype that these are the concerns of the younger generation,” says Nava Niv-Vogel, director of the Belmont’s Council on Aging and the senior […]

What Would It Be Like if the GOP Abolished the EPA?

As Dirty As It Used to Be… The Republican Party has turned the Environmental Protection Agency into a political punching bag in the past year. GOP lawmakers routinely call for abolishing the agency and scraping the government standards that protect us from pollution. These attacks are part of the GOP’s larger ideological war against government […]

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