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A few trends in environmental optimism

Photo source: Smoke Control Lantern Slide Collection, ca. 1940s-1950s.  Title: Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues, Pittsburgh, PA.   Industrial smoke, what’s optimistic about that?  It’s the fact that many of our old industrial towns are now much healthier to … Continue reading

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On the pace of environmental change (and boiling frogs)

Environmental disasters catch our attention.  Our ears perk up when something dramatic happens, like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.  It’s the same with natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and ice storms.  And we seem … Continue reading

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