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Tara Lohan
Tara Lohan is a senior editor at AlterNet and heads up the Environment, Water, and Food coverage. She is the editor of the newest title from AlterNet Books Water Matters.

Entries by Tara Lohan

San Francisco's Innovative Step to Save Water

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 11:02 AM

After four years of drought, dwindling reservoirs and overdrafted aquifers, California's water woes are prompting dire predictions and desperate measures. In some places in the Central Valley, entire communities are at risk of drying up.

Many are pinning their hopes to wet weather predictions from a coming El...

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How Solar Can Help Power Nepal's Relief and Recovery Efforts

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Many of Sandeep Giri's coworkers still feel the ground beneath them shaking. They are scared to step inside their homes. And those are the lucky ones that still have homes.

Giri, who was born and raised in Nepal, is the CEO of Gham Power, a...

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The Fight to Stop a Boom in California's Crude by Rail

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Ed Ruszel's workday is a soundtrack of whirling, banging, screeching -- the percussion of wood being cut, sanded and finished. He's the facility manager for the family business, Ruszel Woodworks. But one sound each day roars above the cacophony of the woodshop: the blast of the train horn as cars...

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There Is a Way! Beyond the Big, Bad Corporation

(30) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:09 PM


As our political system sputters, a wave of innovative thinking and bold experimentation is quietly sweeping away outmoded economic models. In New Economic Visions, a special five-part AlterNet series edited by economics editor Lynn Parramore in partnership with...

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Why You Should Really Be Concerned About the Global Wildlife Die-offs

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 1:59 PM

This story originally appeared on AlterNet

By now, we've all seen the news reports of the "Aflockalypse." The New Year came in with a bang in Beebe, Arkansas when thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky. As news reports of the eerie incident spread, similar stories began surfacing...

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The Coke Machine: New Book Reveals the Dirty Truth Behind Coca-Cola

(154) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 12:01 AM

Coca-Cola spends $2.8 billion a year in advertising to make sure its soda is seen as the most iconic American drink -- a beverage enjoyed around the world, virtual peace-building in a bottle. The company has spent 124 years polishing its image, but it took author Michael Blanding only 300...

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Outrage: 4-Year-Old Boy Suspended From School For Long Hair

(8) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 6:08 PM

First the facts. This kid is 4-years old. Four! He's in pre-kindergarten. His name is Taylor Pugh but he prefers the nickname Tater Tot. Do you not love him already?! All he wants to do is go back to the classroom and be with his friends. But he has...

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Pioneering Towns (Big and Small) Are Rushing to Kick Their Carbon Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 6:00 PM

The coastal town of Lincoln City, Oregon, has a lot to lose if nothing is done about climate change. The town sits 11 feet above sea level, and unchecked climate change could erode its beaches or flood the town.

Residents are taking matters into their own hands. "We could ignore...

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Thanks to Climate Change, You Can Kiss These 8 Amazing Things Goodbye

(12) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 5:15 PM

If we don't work quickly to curb the effects of climate change we may lose the bird-eating fanged frog. Most of us may not miss that one, but there is an enormous list of species and places we may never see again unless we reverse this crazy climate...

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Nicolette Hahn Niman: A Vegetarian Ranchers Explains How to Raise Animals the Right Way

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 12:56 PM

It's not easy to debate the nuances of eating meat with vegans or dedicated carnivores, who tend to see the issue in black or white terms -- either you do or you don't eat it. Most of us lie somewhere in between, and for those of us who are trying...

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Big Climate Meeting in Copenhagen

(28) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 8:29 PM

This story originally appeared on AlterNet.

There's a lot of buzz about COP15, the big climate-change meeting coming up -- what exactly is all the hype about, and why should you care? Here's a simple breakdown.

1. What the heck is it?

COP15 is the 15th meeting...

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Seven Ways Americans Are Kicking Their Gas-Guzzling Habit

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 2:42 PM

Americans get a lot of flack for their big cars. And often for good reason.

After sales figures for the first half of 2009 came in, it's looking like Ford's F-Series pickup trucks are set to make their 28th year at the top of the charts, with nearly...

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Can You Survive Life After Cheap Oil? It May Be Time to Find Out

(20) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 8:23 PM

Do you know how to make shoes? Can you build a house? How about grow food? Do you have a doctor and a dentist in your circle of friends?

These are the questions that Andre Angelantoni thinks you should be able to answer in order to plan for the next...

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My Adventures in Urban Foraging

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 1:25 PM

After spending an afternoon with Iso Rabins, it has come to my attention that I have no useful skills. And by useful, I mean the kind that could save my life if I was plucked out of the warm embrace of industrial, consumer society.

I can type with all 10...

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Farm-Raised Salmon Are Turning Our Oceans Into Polluted Feedlots

(9) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 2:40 PM

The fish makes gourmets rejoice. Smoked-salmon quiche, grilled salmon with lime butter sauce, salmon sushi, poached salmon fillets with dill crème fraîche -- really the choices with salmon are endless and delicious.

The omega-3-fatty-acid-rich fish is also coveted for its health benefits. And, if you're looking for protein, eating salmon...

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Has Lays Gone Too Far in Claiming Their Chips Are "Local"?

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 2:20 PM

A few weeks ago, Chicago commuters witnessed the unbelievable -- as busy subway travelers at the Jackson stop bustled between trains in a tunnel, many were shocked to see that the ceiling tiles had broken away above them to reveal the fat bulbs of potatoes growing out of clumps of...

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The Cove: Japan Has a Dark Secret It Hopes the World Will Never See

(6) Comments | Posted August 6, 2009 | 4:36 PM

Ric O'Barry almost looks crazy. He is driving a car, with a mask over his mouth, crouching low in his seat, hoping not to be recognized.

If the authorities catch him, there's no telling what will happen to him. He's cruising through the misty streets of Taiji, Japan, a small...

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Top 5 Myths About Coal

(8) Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 7:41 PM

A longer version of this story was printed on AlterNet.

The facts are pretty simple, the U.S. Department of Energy said: "Burning coal is the dirtiest way we produce electricity." And yet oddly the Obama administration, which has embraced climate legislation and green jobs, is a supporter of...

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New Report: We're Heading for "Water Bankruptcy"

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2009 | 5:47 PM

In case you haven't been following recent headlines around water, they go something like this:

"Argentine farmers face ruin as drought kills cattle, crops" (CNN)

"Nevada a natural disaster area due to drought" (AP)

"Kingdom braces for drought-like conditions" (Jordan Times)

"Calif. facing worst drought in modern...

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Finding the Best, Local Food Near You Just Got Easier

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 12:42 PM

Food is making big headlines, and it's about time.

In a year marked by rising food prices and riots throughout the world, we've seen what happens when the reality of our energy, climate and water crises collides with trying to feed a planet.

As Vandana Shiva writes in her newest...

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