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Carla Wise

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What the Food Movement Can Learn From OWS This Thanksgiving

(9) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 3:23 PM

What is it about Occupy Wall Street? No structure, no leaders, no demands, no political organization, no agreement on future plans. And yet, it continues, and it resonates. Progressives and environmentalists, climate activists and social justice advocates are all cheering this phenomenon that is, at its heart, total anarchy. I...

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Lessons From the Rapture That Wasn't for the Climate Movement? No -- Just Ideas on a Way Forward.

(6) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 2:11 PM

I was eager to read Claire Hope Cummings' recent post on Grist about what the climate movement might learn from the Apocalypse that wasn't. The lack of progress on national and global mobilization on behalf of climate stabilization has given us plenty to be discouraged about, and I...

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The Latest Threat to Industrial Agriculture: The Local Foods Movement?

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 2:46 PM

Something really weird has been happening: seemingly intelligent columnists have been warning of the terrible threat posed by the local foods movement. Here's a recent warning from Jay Rayner, writing in the U.K.'s Guardian: "Its clear to me that we risk replacing a culture of a cheap and...

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I'm Sorry to Say it, but I was Right About BPA: It IS Dangerous!

(6) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 1:24 PM

Its usually great to be right. But not this time. Four years ago, I began warning people about bisphenol A (BPA), a primary ingredient in polycarbonate plastic. BPA is used to make plastics clear and shatter-resistant, and is in some water bottles, baby bottles, the coatings inside canned foods, dental...

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Climate Change Action a Casualty of the Economic Crisis? Not So Fast.

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2008 | 2:24 PM

Reporters and politicians agree, so it must be true. The economic crisis spells doom for swift action to cap greenhouse gas emissions. It's been splashed across the newswires, from AP and Reuters to the Huffington Post: pundits say that the focus on stabilizing the economy will make it...

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How Oil Finds its Way Into Your Starbucks Latte, and Other Good News

(8) Comments | Posted January 17, 2008 | 3:55 PM

Oil prices recently hit 100 dollars a barrel, and the days of cheap oil appear to be over. Meanwhile, Starbucks is struggling with plummeting stock prices and falling profits. These facts are intimately connected, illustrating the dangers and opportunities ahead. Our food system, which provides us with massive amounts of...

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Half Nelson

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2007 | 2:28 PM

Normally, I stay away from movies about crack addicts. But Half Nelson is a great movie. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's about a brilliant junior high school history teacher with an unbeatable crack addiction. Daniel Dunne, the addict, splits his time between inspiring his inner-city students with...

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Teeter Totters and Tipping Points

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2007 | 4:22 PM

All the teeter-totters are gone. They have been pulled from playgrounds across the country, and replaced with damped down versions that are restrained by large springs and bounce gently, never hitting the ground. Most of today's children don't know the great rush of going over the tipping point and swinging...

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Gutsy Science Wins the Day

(5) Comments | Posted February 12, 2007 | 5:42 PM

For any scientist, publishing in Science magazine marks a giant success. It's one of the world's premier scientific journals, and only about 7 percent of submitted manuscripts are accepted. But Dan Donato, a second-year graduate student at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, overcame the odds.

Donato was lead author...

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