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3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy

3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy

Posted by Brooke Jarvis at Nov 28, 2012 11:50 AM |

Appalachian residents are working to keep local and sustainable sources of wealth central in a post-coal economy.

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The Endangered Repairman

The Endangered Repairman

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Nov 23, 2012 01:40 PM |

Getting your stuff fixed instead of throwing it away is good for the environment as well as for your bank balance. So why is this craft dying out in America?

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More Than Nutritious: Why Organics Are Still Healthier

More Than Nutritious: Why Organics Are Still Healthier

Posted by Robin Broad at Nov 19, 2012 12:00 AM |

Two recent studies concluded that organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic food. But the value of organics involves health on multiple levels, from that of farmers to eaters to the planet itself.

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Keeping the Farm Safe (and Sacred) as Hurricane Sandy Looms

Keeping the Farm Safe (and Sacred) as Hurricane Sandy Looms

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Oct 29, 2012 02:35 PM |

The Hayes family gathers in prayer and gratitude for the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, which marks the beginning of winter and the new year. But this year’s beginning will be unlike any other.

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As Parents Learn More About Health, Will Doctors Listen?

As Parents Learn More About Health, Will Doctors Listen?

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Oct 18, 2012 02:25 PM |

Many doctors and nurses refuse to respect the knowledge of parents about their kids’ health. Shannon Hayes explains why they might be missing a lot.

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What Bullies Can Teach Our Kids—And Us

What Bullies Can Teach Our Kids—And Us

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Sep 26, 2012 12:45 PM |

Shannon Hayes on having a child face a bully and come away stronger and more self-aware.

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Time for Some Good Jobs Guarantees

Time for Some Good Jobs Guarantees

Posted by Brooke Jarvis at Sep 21, 2012 01:00 PM |

Corporations often take big helpings of public funds, saying that they’ll provide jobs in return. But how can communities make sure they deliver?

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Growth or Equality: Two Competing Visions for America’s Future

Growth or Equality: Two Competing Visions for America’s Future

Posted by David Korten at Sep 11, 2012 05:00 PM |

David Korten on how closing the wealth gap can open the way to a fairer, more prosperous economy.

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A Small Business Boost from ... Regulations?

A Small Business Boost from ... Regulations?

Posted by Brooke Jarvis at Sep 07, 2012 03:55 PM |

Do regulations really hurt small businesses? Or do businesses thrive when local residents can afford their services, and a good quality of life attracts skilled workers?

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Radical Homemaking ... With Houseguests?

Radical Homemaking ... With Houseguests?

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Sep 07, 2012 11:55 AM |

Our home is an ecosystem: No matter how perfect we’d like to make it, as long as we live and create there it will never be sterile, still, and clean.

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Mining for Gold: A “Pact With the Devil”?

Mining for Gold: A “Pact With the Devil”?

Posted by John Cavanagh at Aug 28, 2012 05:30 PM |

The economic crisis—and the rising price of gold—have spurred North American firms to reopen mines and attack environmental regulations. Here’s what we can learn from El Salvador’s moratorium on new mining permits.

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Romney’s Dirtier, Deadlier Energy Future: Is There Another Way?

Romney’s Dirtier, Deadlier Energy Future: Is There Another Way?

Posted by Sarah van Gelder at Aug 24, 2012 01:15 PM |

The oil-dependent economy Romney supports is a step toward a less stable, more costly future. Renewables and energy efficiency offer real hope.

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The Downsides of Upselling: 4 Tips from the Farm

The Downsides of Upselling: 4 Tips from the Farm

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Aug 15, 2012 12:45 PM |

Shannon Hayes on keeping a human face on her capitalist ventures and learning to say “enough” when the market calls.

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America’s Deficit Attention Disorder

America’s Deficit Attention Disorder

Posted by David Korten at Aug 10, 2012 02:50 PM |

Money is the least of our problems. It’s time to pay attention to the real deficits that are killing us.

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Carbon Neutrality: It’s Technically Possible

Carbon Neutrality: It’s Technically Possible

Posted by Richard Conlin at Jul 25, 2012 04:25 PM |

The technology to achieve carbon neutrality exists, or could in the near future. What has to happen to put those capabilities in play?

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What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches

What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Jul 25, 2012 02:15 PM |

The appearance of “bloodsucking parasites” in one farm family’s pond got them thinking: How could we be so comfortable with our natural world, yet paranoid about harmless—and helpful—creatures in it?

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Climate Emergency Action Plan

Climate Emergency Action Plan

Posted by Sarah van Gelder at Jul 20, 2012 12:55 PM |

We can still avoid a devastating climate crisis, but we’ll need a World War II-level mobilization — and we’ll need to stand up to Dirty Energy.

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The Audacity of Acting Out: What Our Kids Can Teach Us

The Audacity of Acting Out: What Our Kids Can Teach Us

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Jul 10, 2012 01:05 PM |

In a society where we are taught not to call out absurdity where we see it, how can we learn to speak up?

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Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

Posted by Robin Broad at Jun 28, 2012 12:10 PM |

International trade deals allow businesses to sue elected governments when corporate interests are threatened abroad. Here’s why you should care.

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One More Benefit of Local Food

One More Benefit of Local Food

Posted by Shannon Hayes at Jun 28, 2012 11:40 AM |

A farmer sings the praises of having non-farmers close at hand.

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