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Susan J. Marks

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'Environmentalist' an Extinct Label Today

Posted April 22, 2011 | 15:00:01 (EST)

The moniker "environmentalist" is outdated today -- a partisan word best relegated to the annals of 20th century American history.

Concern about the quality of the air we breathe, the quality and quantity of the water we need, and the clean-up and protection of wildlife and the environment are...

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Stormwater Alert One Option to Plug Sewer Overflows

Posted October 22, 2010 | 00:17:30 (EST)

Imagine sewage, sludge, and street pollutants mixed with billions of gallons of water flooding literally thousands of basements, pouring along streets, backing up in buildings, and eventually ending up in the community's drinking water source.

This isn't the flooded streets of Pakistan. This is Chicago, Illinois, this past summer when...

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Drought in 'Paradise' Another Wake-up Call on Water Crisis

Posted April 19, 2010 | 11:17:53 (EST)

Think Hawaii, and likely the images that come to mind are of rainforests and lush green paradise. That was "then." If you've been to the islands lately or have seen recent pictures other than tourist brochures, drought is the "now" in many places. Hotels and golf courses still flaunt rich,...

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Conservation Counts on World Water Day and Every Day

Posted March 19, 2010 | 15:08:33 (EST)

Forget the crippling rains in the East, floods in the Midwest, and soggy spring snows in the West. All the precipitation -- in whatever form--that's inundating the country this winter and spring isn't enough to satiate America's long-term thirst for water. The facts are clear: Nationwide demand for water is...

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'Climate Change" or Not, Something is Up on Earth

Posted March 4, 2010 | 16:58:03 (EST)

Politics, personal views, and controversies aside, climate as usual is no longer the norm on Planet Earth.

The Earth's climate is undergoing tangible changes. That's reality, whether you're among the growing numbers of Americans who don't buy into the idea of "global warming"; whether you agree with global...

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Our Water Crisis: Too Big For Even a Czar

Posted October 19, 2009 | 13:26:05 (EST)

Forget the current obsessing over President Obama's appointments of czars and czarinas to solve all that ails the nation.

In at least one area, America's growing water crisis, the appointment of a federal water chief is a pipe dream at best, and an unacceptable approach at worst. That's the...

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