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Archive for Green Health

Hurricanes, Floods, and Climate Change: How Can Farms Survive?

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Even without grokking the science of climate change, it’s obvious that novel weather events have increased around the country and the world. Thanks to Hurricanes Irene and Lee, at summer’s end, torrential rains swept the Northeast region, flooding the areas where New York’s food comes from. In these upstate regions in Ulster, Sullivan, and Delaware counties, there’s a new breed of organic and sustainable farming. But will those farmers, their farms, and their food survive changing weather patterns to continue to grow and supply the foods health and environmentally conscious people prefer to eat? Read More→

Many urgent social concerns don’t get attention without a star attached to the cause. Fortunately, some celebrity performers are taking the spotlight off themselves and focusing it on crucial matters that affect us all.  Read More→

R.I.P New York

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The Obama Administration declined a request to use its veto power to temporarily halt gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, which supplies half of New York City’s water. Five percent of this country’s water supply, providing drinking, cleaning, and agricultural water to fifteen to seventeen million people, comes from the Delaware River, recently declared the 2010 “most endangered river” in the U.S. by American Rivers.
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Are You Hiding Out? Or Are You Up To It?

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I’ve done incremental, individual change. I still do it. But it isn’t enough. And it won’t be enough. Day by day, creeping below the radar and hoping to sneak by and om your way out of what’s going on in the big and ugly out there of America become less and less of an option– if the water gets poisoned and the government is corrupt.

Do you know people who say, “What can I do? We’re screwed. All I can do is control how I feel about it.” Read More→

In the Precautionary Principle for the Environment and Health, Alison Rose Levy www.healthjournalist.com interviews Carolyn Raffensperger, M.A., J.D., the executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network (www.sehn.org). As an environmental lawyer she specializes Read More→

Radio Show: Our Habitat and Your Health

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Alison Rose Levy’s guest today is Larry Schweiger, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Wildlife Federation. In his book, Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth, Schweiger breaks down the science behind global climate change and takes us from Lake Erie to the icebergs of Greenland, and from Congress Read More→

New York Says Wait a Minute to Gas Drillers

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

In a 48-9 vote in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the New York State Senate voted in Senate Bill S8129B, which will ban the issuance of gas permits until May 2011. The concern most recently cited by Senators speaking in Albany late last night were dangers of contamination by chemicals used in fracking to New York City’s unfiltered water supply. This win for environmental safety, public health and clean drinking water, followed months of grass roots organizing efforts, along with mounting media coverage of gas drilling dangers, sparked by numerous incidents of spills, accidents, explosions, water contamination and recent deaths in neighboring states, similar to those captured in the film Gasland. Read More→

Are You a Health Ostrich or a Health Activist?

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

I’m a Health Maven, both an agent and a product of the self-help movement. But something funny happened on the way to transforming the world through transforming ourselves. A bunch of people who didn’t share our values got there first. Unfortunately, our compassion and positive intentions did not convey themselves to the hearts of corporate executives such that they dashed off their yachts to call back their lobbyists. Nor did they elect to self-regulate to keep our children and planet safe. Read More→

New Best Friends Forever: The Chemical and Gas Industries

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

This year Congress has stepped up its pace on the 36-year crawl towards assuring the safety of 80,000 chemicals to which infants, children, adults, food, air and water sources are regularly exposed, with most unstudied, and many causing health problems. And guess who has emerged as the self nominated new BFF of chemical safety? Why, behold, it’s the American Chemistry Council! Read More→

Take the Gas Drilling Quiz: What’s Your Water Quotient?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The peaceful Delaware River-- now the most endangered river in America

The Oscar nominated documentary, Gasland, alerted millions to “fracking,” the cute nickname for hydraulic fracturing, a form of gas drilling that has swept the nation, blithely leaving behind bewildered citizens, irate legislators, and contaminated water in 34 states. Are New Yorkers immune? Take the quiz and find out! Read More→