Posts Tagged ‘pollution’

China's Green Future Is As Hazy As Its Skies

When China makes international news these days, it’s often because of its densely polluted air.┬áThe public health aspect of this story is usually front and center, while the global warming angle is somewhat muted. Still, there’s no getting around the climate implications of China’s reliance on coal. There are signs that China is trying to…Continue Reading…

Why Is New York City's Air Getting Cleaner?

Several weeks ago, this was the headline for a press release: Mayor Bloomberg announces New York City’s air quality has reached the cleanest levels in more than 50 years. That’s quite a claim. Most media outlets reporting this story cut and pasted from the press release; few bothered to delve into the report Bloomberg was…Continue Reading…

Best Opening Question

Goes to Randy Olson at The Benshi, for his great interview with a microbiologist who has recently debunked the Texas-sized “garbage patch” myth: Are you now or have you even been a card-carrying member of the American Plastics Council?

Why Bottled Water Rules

Rage will be the topic du jour today, thanks to the loons that gathered in D.C. and Serena’s meltdown. But exposure of widespread neglect of clean water laws on a state and federal level? Please. So let us at least ponder this essential question raised by one interviewee in today’s NYT investigative shocker: “How can…Continue Reading…

Litterers

They drive me crazy. They always have. I’m back in NYC one day–one damn day!–and already I have to give some stranger the stink eye on Court Street with my two little boys in tow. Now lest you think I’m some brave noble type, forget it, I size up my litterers before trying to shame…Continue Reading…

Best Reason To Homeschool

So your kids don’t get sprayed with pesticides while waiting for the school bus. I say this jokingly, as someone who doesn’t understand the homeschooling phenomenon. But on a related note, this LAT story has got me thinking to a week from today, when I will be back in Brooklyn and probably at war with…Continue Reading…