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Dominique Browning is the Senior Director and a co-founder of Moms Clean Air Force, a national organization fighting for clean air to protect our children's health. She also writes for The New York Times and, and blogs at

Entries by Dominique Browning

Climate Scientist and Mom Will be First Lady's Guest at the State of the Union

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 5:25 PM

I first met Nicole Hernandez Hammer when she drove from Fort Lauderdale to Washington D.C. with her husband and young son to join Moms Clean Air Force for a meeting with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. This evening Nicole will be sitting in the First Lady's box...

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New York Bans Fracking After Health Report Calls It Unsafe

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Thanks to all your hard work, Governor Cuomo decided to ban fracking in New York State because of medically-established concerns about the health and safety of people who live near oil and gas development -- as well as scientifically-based evidence of possible water and soil contamination. This is...

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eBay Chairman Funds Great Movie On Climate Denier Campaign

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 2:47 PM


This is one of those moments: I want to grab everyone I know and say, you MUST see this movie -- Merchants of Doubt. Made by the director of Food Inc., and based on the remarkable

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What Love Looks Like

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 6:07 PM


Sunday, September 21, 2014 will go down in history: the world's largest march to fight global warming. It goes down in my heart as one of the most moving and powerful days of my life.

Moms Clean Air Force marched, along...

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Moms Unite: Fighting For a Bright Future For Our Children

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Someone once explained the difference between an introvert and an extrovert: Both enjoy a good party, but the extrovert is charged and energized by big groups. The introvert needs to recharge afterwards, as the stimulation can be draining.

I'm a classic introvert. Not the kind of person who hits the...

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Failure Is Not an Option

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:21 PM


Sometimes failure is a good teacher. We fail exams, love affairs fail, we fail to stay on diets or we fail to find our keys. We learn something about ourselves in the process.

But there is another kind of situation, when lives...

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"You Want Clean Air? Well, Screw You."

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:56 AM


We've just spotted a new form of conservative protest against the EPA and the Clean Air Act: Coal Rollers. Pick-up trucks customized to spew black smoke -- "the newest weapon in the culture wars."

As one salesperson of these trucks put...

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To Know Me Is to Love Me

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:26 PM


Only as we begin to know something -- or someone -- can we truly begin to love it. This thought came to me as I was reading a marvelous book about water. I should say: looking at the book, because the photographs of...

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8 Parent Organizations Uniting Against Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Parents' voices matter. A lot. As I like to say: No politician wants to make a mother angry. And nothing makes us angrier than threats to the little (and big) ones we love so dearly.

Global warming is a huge...

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Grandmother Power

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 8:06 PM


People say it takes a village to raise a child. I say it takes a village to raise a mom. Who does the bulk of that work? Grandmothers. Grandmothers guide us along life's exhilarating and exhausting journeys. They are among the first to...

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Finding Hope in the Pale Blue Dot

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Last week's report on our changing climate, from a distinguished group of international scientists, was the most heart-wrenching yet. Rising seas, acidifying oceans, melting ice caps, worsening droughts, floods, heat waves and intensifying migrations and extinctions: all these are happening more rapidly than scientists had predicted they would...

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An Interview With Michael Oppenheimer

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:29 AM

I went to see Dr. Michael Oppenheimer with some trepidation, expecting that I would have to pick myself up off the floor after our interview. After all, if anyone understands the true nature of our changing climate, and the impact of greenhouse pollution on our way of life,...

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Clean Air and Your Heart Health

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 10:32 AM


One day, my younger son came home from school and asked to have a heart-to-heart talk. He announced that he had just learned that love did not come from the heart, as I had always told him. It came from the...

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The Heat Is On!

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 9:26 AM


All year, our beloved Moms Clean Air Force cartoonists Danny Shanahan and Liza Donnelly give us something to smile about - even when the subject is as serious as climate change.

Maybe especially when things are that...

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Help Us Stop Coal

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Carbon pollution has penetrated the highest levels of our justice system: the Supreme Court has ruled that carbon is a greenhouse gas pollutant that must be regulated by the EPA. Common sense.

That isn't stopping Dirty Coal interests from fighting EPA every step of the way. Senator Joe...

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Tired of Negativity?

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 4:59 PM


Tired of negativity?

I am. I fall into it myself -- and it feels awful. Or there's the "Oh Dear, there's nothing I can do" feeling. Depressing. So many things are working against solving huge and urgent problems.

But then I meet people...

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Improve and Move

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 7:19 PM

No, this is not my life mantra. But I'm considering it. "Improve -- and move" is our mantra for the new proposal to reform the 37 year old -- and dangerously ineffective -- law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. This is our chance to make a...

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My Reaction to the IPCC Climate Report

(11) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:47 PM

I'll be blunt. My first response to the new climate report from the world's top climate scientists was to climb into bed and pull the covers up over my head. Which I did.

While I was there I thought things over, knowing I would have to get out...

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Extreme Weather and Our Changing Climate

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 2:09 PM


The first I heard about the terrible Colorado flood was through a text from my younger son, with a photo of the ground floor of his apartment complex -- underwater. He was safe. But for a second there, time froze and my heart flip-flopped.

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The Little Energy Bill That Could

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Finally: a (relatively) small bill that could make a huge difference. And all of a sudden, because of the delay in a vote on Syria, it is on the Senate floor right now.

I'm calling it the New Energy Bill, because its real name is a mouthful: The Energy Savings...

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