Good News: Circumcision, Cease-Fires, City Transit, and More

The World Health Organization approved a nonsurgical circumcision device for adult males, which involves a rubber band. The New York Times explains that “For a heterosexual man in countries where AIDS is common, being circumcised lowers the chance of getting infected by about 60 percent.” For more about circumcision and HIV risk, click here. Read More Good News: Circumcision, Cease-Fires, City Transit, and More

Is Fair Trade a Fair Deal?

I am a hippy, dippy, long skirt and Birkenstock wearing, soap making, farmer’s market shopping, non-profit working, dyed in the wool, bleeding heart liberal.

I also love to shop. And I love to eat. And I enjoy my cushy life. But, do I enjoy my cushy life to the detriment of others?

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Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide: Dog Days Edition!

I live in Kansas, and at this point I figure it’s reasonable to assume that it’s going to be really, really hot here for the rest of my life. If you’re in a similar place, it might be a good time to add something new to your hellish-weather wardrobe. Here are some ways to do it and feel pretty good about your purchase, too!

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What the Frak is the Deal with Fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it’s more commonly called, has become the topic of heated debates in recent years. Its proponents claim that it’s a totally safe and necessary process that will help with energy independence and boost local economies by providing jobs. Its detractors fear environmental and ecological disaster if fracking is allowed to continue and to expand into new regions. With accusations flying back and forth, it’s hard to know what to believe. Let’s take a look at current scientific knowledge of the process to get a better grasp on the true situation. Read More What the Frak is the Deal with Fracking?

How Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

The Florida panther is an endangered species, due in large part to habitat loss and fragmentation. Many different projects have been spearheaded by wildlife lovers in Florida to help save this species from extinction, but one of the most effective has been the creation of wildlife crossings. Read More How Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Big Spill Country

On July 1, an Exxon pipeline near Billings, Montana ruptured and spilled 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River.  More than ten miles of the river are covered in oil, and officials expect the reach of the oil spill to grow. At least 140 people had been evacuated due to concerns over the possibility of explosions, but after a couple of hours, everyone was allowed to return home. Read More Big Spill Country

LTP: Environmental Guilt Edition

OK, it’s confession time. I’m going to work under the assumption that we all care about protecting the environment and generally do what we can to minimize our impact. But will also assume that we all have a couple things that we continue to do even though we know they’re “bad” for our poor planet. Read More LTP: Environmental Guilt Edition

Awesome News of the Day: Christmas Tree Recycling

If you or your family has used an artificial Christmas tree for environmental reasons, you’re running out of legs to stand on. While my parents’ motivations were more about laziness, I often took comfort in knowing that our less-cool fake tree was better for the environment, because it was reusable and didn’t involve killing a real live tree. Read More Awesome News of the Day: Christmas Tree Recycling