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02 3 / 2014
I preface this by saying: I know the Biblical quote that it’s easier to see the speck in another person’s eye than to see the plank in your own. In the U.S. we have a lot of work to do in terms of overcoming misogyny in all it’s ugly forms (including commercial sex trade/exploitation or perhaps even all the books by Philip Roth? ). We have a very large plank, especially in places like Nevada.
26 2 / 2014
There are many things to worry about in this world. For instance, right now in my hometown of Seattle, the Alaskan Way Viaductis sagging a bit due to the large-scale drilling going on in the downtown area. The Alaskan Way Viaduct is built on ‘reclaimed land’ from Puget Sound that would most likely turn to liquefaction in our next earthquake (similar to what happened in the Christchurch…
24 2 / 2014
According to a 2012 Commonwealth Fund study “Can Sustainable Hospitals Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?” (S. Kaplan, et al.), U.S. health systems (especially hospitals) leave costly environmental footprints. In this report, the authors cite…
22 2 / 2014
This week I attended University of Otago’s Public Health Summer School course, “Responding to Climate Change: Sustaining Health and Wellbeing” here in Wellington, New Zealand. It was a bit too much ‘death from PowerPoint’ and backside-numbing sitting, but did have its lighter–and more enlightening moments. Climate change, and environmental degradation in general, are the biggest global public…
19 2 / 2014
The irony is not lost on me that I am currently teaching an environmental and community health study abroad program in New Zealand while leaving a large carbon footprint. I am even participating in Doom Tourism by driving the students across the Southern Alps to view the Franz Joseph Glacier before global warming melts it away.
In order to depress (and enlighten) myself further, I calculated our…
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