environmental health

Water Security Close to Home

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August 29, 2014

According to the Global Water Forum, by 2050 over 40% of the world’s population will live in water stressed regions. Concerns about water security is not a new topic, but as droughts ravage the western United States it is impossible to ignore the rising sense of urgency in regions very…  

categories: climate change, ecological limits, environmental health, natural disaster, risk, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, water, weather

Stop Buying Fossil Fuel

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April 8, 2013

If a company is producing a very profitable product that is known to cause harm to the environment and to your health, should they make the product less harmful if they can do so and still earn a profit? Should they do this because they are able to make the…  

categories: climate change, environmental health, externalized costs, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil fuels, fossil-free investing, pollution

Japan to phase out nuclear energy by 2040

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September 27, 2012

Following the earthquake and tsunami that forced the Japanese government to shut down all of Japan’s nuclear power plants last March, the country has significantly shifted its energy sources.  Today, just two of the country’s 50 nuclear reactors have recommenced operations.  Prior to the natural disaster, Japan depended on its…  

categories: environmental health, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations, renewable energy, risk

Safer Products from Sunscreens to Eye Shadow

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August 22, 2012

The Environmental Working Group… (EWG) is an environmental non-profit focused on protecting public health and the environment.  The organization concentrates on preventing health problems in children, babies, and infants in the womb attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.  While the non-profit is active in many different campaign areas,  

categories: environmental health, environmental investing, green investing, risk

Fresh Water Deficit

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June 22, 2012

People need fresh water to live; manufacturers need fresh water to produce; and economic growth is dependent on abundant fresh water supplies.  Water is essential for moving waste, keeping us and the environment healthy, as well as for producing food, clothing, and iPhones.  Yet, most people in the developed world…  

categories: ecological limits, ecosystem services, environmental health, environmental justice, water

Valuing Natural Capital in the Urban Environment

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May 25, 2012

We here in Portland, Oregon have a reputation for being a little different.  Maybe not quite as different as we’re depicted in “Portlandia,” but we do tend to think “green” a bit more than the mainstream.  However, you may be surprised how many cities are considering natural capital investments as…  

categories: ecosystem services, environmental health

Gulf Coast, 2 Years After Deepwater Horizon

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May 21, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana is, hands down, my favorite U.S. city.  I have visited this city more times than I can count and I just returned from a week in the Big Easy.  The city is seemingly vibrant and rebuilding itself from the destruction of Katrina and the subsequent failure of…  

categories: environmental health, environmental justice, externalized costs

Raising Elijah, and a call for the Precautionary Principle

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March 12, 2012

I was first introduced to ecologist Sandra Steingraber’s work through Orion Magazine and have always considered her writing thought-provoking and meaningful.  Her recently published book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis…, is no exception.  As a cancer survivor, Steingraber has dedicated herself to exploring  

categories: ecological limits, environmental health, environmental justice


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