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Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

Affluenza: Plagued With the Complexion for the Protection

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Christopher Norris

Affluenza is quite possibly the only sickness on the face of the Earth where those who are afflicted by it show no sense of urgency to be cured.

A Tale of Two Air Quality Programs: China vs. the U.S.

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

So while the Chinese get to see the benefits of their air quality program almost immediately, we've got to live with some uncertainty. That's the price we pay for the decades of work we've put into cleaning up our air. Well worth the bargain.

Battleground Constituents Can't Count on Winning Buffett's Billion Dollar Bracket

John Murray | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
John Murray

Middle-class Americans feel the same way about government; they don't want to be left out in the cold, but they also recognize that the government should create an environment that encourages hard work.

Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a 'Bypass' on Regulations Against Pollution

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

When we think of electric power plants and pollution, we often think of air pollution and climate change, and especially when it comes to coal-fired power plants. But power plants are also huge polluters of our waterways -- our streams, rivers, and lakes.

Women in the U.S. Are Still Second-Class Citizens: Not Interested? You Should Be

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Despite the progress women have made in the last several decades, they are still treated like second-class citizens in all the ways that matter. Caring about the equal treatment of women in society doesn't make people feminists -- it makes them good humans.

How Inequality Affects Our Existence

Mehroz Baig | Posted 03.25.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

What makes sophisticated empires fall? That's the question that one team of scientists backed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center tackled in their report, and it's reflected in our own backyard.

Selection Sunday's Optimism: What Our Economy Lacks

John Murray | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
John Murray

We deserve health care policy that expands their opportunities, not restricts them. When a law causes a pay cut, as the Unite Here report demonstrates, a hardworking person loses an opportunity to pay for electricity bills, gas or groceries.

Teaching Resilience, Courage, and Perseverance

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbi Appelquist

On April 16, I will celebrate two years cancer-free. New parents are receiving the news I received and struggling with how to tell their children, their parents, their friends. Below is something I wrote two years ago as I prepared for the surgery that would heal me.

Climate Chatter: Kerry Statements and the Waffling Winds of Changing Positions

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.10.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Sen. John McCain embraces his then-Senate colleague, John Kerry, during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state. When it comes to climate cha...

Mr. President: The Middle Class Deserves More Than Political Stunts

John Murray | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
John Murray

Sadly, the American middle-class has recently suffered some major setbacks in its attempt to regain economic stability. Still struggling in today's e...

An Argument Against Food Stamps

Courtney McKinney | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Courtney McKinney

I think we should stop food stamps completely. It's not that I don't think the government should be feeding people, it's that I wouldn't call the op...

No Sweet Dreams For D.C.'s Homeless Children

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 03.06.2014 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

D.C. has reverted back to a practice that it conceded was unacceptable, even when the District was mired in financial strife: Placing children and their parents in makeshift shelters at rec centers.

U.S. Transportation: Driving Down the Same Old (Bumpy) Road or Paving a New Way Forward?

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Tens of thousands of bridges, roadways, and railways in the United States are in need of a fix. Where's the money?

What's next for Danish Design?

Soren Petersen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Steinar Valade-Amland Danish Design epitomizes love for people and the simple things in life. When we crowdsourced the question: "What ...

Disincentivizing Work and Hurting Seniors: The Reality of Obama's Agenda

John Murray | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
John Murray

As we enter March, the nightmare that is Obamacare continues to seek and destroy the pocketbooks of hardworking Americans. Just recently, Americans h...

Climate Change Chatter: SCOTUS and 'Tailoring Rule' Edition

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed greenhouse gas regulations. Th...

Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Despite being a political football [pdf] that had been tossed around Capitol Hill, the coal industry and EPA headquarters throughout the '90s and early aughts, coal ash was rarely a topic of dinner conversation around most American supper tables, I suspect.

Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 2)

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

Certainly more weapons in the form of antibiotics will be needed. At the same time, perhaps greater efforts should be made in diplomacy by taking advantage of our knowledge of the human microbiome, that has evolved to have as much interest in our continued survival as we do.

5 Ways to Profit From Lessons Learned Abroad

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

While raising interest rates may dampen falls in a country's currency in the short term, this is not always enough to calm a sell-off and a higher interest rate can hamper growth, squeezing the country further.

Future Justice Means Justice for Women and Girls

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

One in three women worldwide will experience violence in her lifetime. Many are denied justice at the most fundamental level. On February 14, 2014, the world will come together for One Billion Rising for Justice to demand justice for survivors and an end to all violence against women and girls.

The Role of Government in the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The private sector cannot make the transition from a waste-based economy to a renewable one by itself. This transition can only happen if we can create a public-private partnership.

Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 1)

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

The scale of what we stumbled into has since become increasingly apparent. Bacteria have been engaged in a microscopic chemical war for a lot longer than we have been walking the Earth.

Obama's Climate Legacy May Come Down to Coal and 'No'

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Obama's record on climate is thus far mixed: kudos on his fuel economy standards, not so much on boosting fossil fuel production. With three years left to go, he can still swing for the fences and he has two big fat pitches, headed for the plate and right in his wheelhouse.

New Online Publication Highlights the Altruism of Black Males

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

2014 Echoing Green Search Partner Techbook Online Publishes "The Black His-Story Book: A Collection of Narratives from Black Male Mentors." In an eff...