This year, I found it invigorating to see the award go to Kimberly Wasserman Nieto, who is one of the most committed and determined leaders in the long fight waged in my city to close Chicago's Fisk and Crawford coal plants.
Poorly thought-out government regulations can do tremendous harm. To date, the Republican Party's efforts against them have been heavy on bluster and light on action. By thinking bigger and thinking smaller, however, there's a good chance that the GOP could move forward with real regulatory reform.
Gina McCarthy has been tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, and given her track record of protecting America's families from toxic pollution, her confirmation will help us all breathe easier.
Particulate matter is now the fourth-leading cause of death in China, behind dietary risks, high blood pressure, and smoking. And, unless current trends change, urban air pollution is projected to be the number one killer worldwide by 2050.
Rather than continue to debate and discuss whether or not we should be reducing environmental pollution because of the threat of rising global temperatures, can we please all agree to stop arguing in favor of pollution?
Just as we overlooked the structural flaws in the Japanese economy during Japan's rapid rise, so too are we blind to limiting and deep-seated constraints in China that will prove to be inherent brakes on growth.
Before the thick blanket of smog choking Beijing lifted in early February, it had been more than three weeks since I'd seen the sun and even longer since I felt safe enough to walk outside without a surgical mask covering my nose and mouth.