Lydia O'Connell

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How toxic is smokestack nostalgia? – Deborah Rudacille

Two memorials pay homage to the miners killed in a coal dust explosion on 5 April 2010 at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. One …

The Jobs vs. the Environment Myth Lives On

Earlier this month, MSNBC host Chris Hayes participated in a bit of sparring with Cecil Roberts of the United Mine Workers of America. Placing …

California's Drought Is About Economic Inequality

<i>This story was originally published by</i> CityLab <i>and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i>Bulmario Tapia Madrigal doesn't want …

Nonprofits

Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt

Imagine the hottest day you've ever experienced. Now imagine it's six, 10 or 12 degrees hotter. According to climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin, …

Appropriate for a Seven-Year-Old Child

<i>Marlo Mack’s podcast How To Be a Girl is a sensitive and honest exploration of the joys, fears, and struggles of raising of a transgender child.</i> …

Inexcusable Absences

Filed 7:00 a.m.<p>03.06.2015<p>Feature<p>Skipping school is a problem. But why is it a crime?<p>O n June 7, 2014, Mike Tobias, a 28-year-old from Reading, …

The Lost Summer

<i>Elissa Strauss</i> <i>| Longreads | August 2015 | 15 minutes (3,841 words)</i><p><i>Below is the story of a single mother and her daughter. Names and certain</i> …

Why I Put My Wife’s Career First

The well-being of children, the status of women, and the happiness of men will depend on whether more fathers are willing to take on primary parenting roles.<p>Three years ago, my wife, Anne-Marie Slaughter, wrote in these pages about how difficult it remains for women to “have it all”—a family and a …

Fundraising

After Water

<i>Susie Cagle | Longreads | June 2015 | 21 minutes (5,160 words)</i><p>The sun was going down in East Porterville, California, diffusing gold through a thick …

Water

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post

<b>There’s this video</b> that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of …

Selling

Does buying cheap clothes made abroad hurt or help the people who make them?

State of Deception

Why won’t the President rein in the intelligence community?<p>On March 12, 2013, James R. Clapper appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss the threats facing America. Clapper, who is seventy-two, is a retired Air Force general and Barack Obama’s director of National …

Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished

MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.<p>“What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.<p>He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.<p>“I’ll see you there,” he said.<p>Edward Joseph Snowden emerged at the appointed hour, alone, blending into a …

What It’s Like to Be an FBI Agent in a Border Town

Lawson moved out of his extended-stay hotel and into a house in Laredo, not far from some of the Treviños’ extended family, he says. He came to …

Why Americans believe the US can win wars – Mark Kukis

On 28 December 2014, the US commander of international forces in Afghanistan presided over a secret ceremony in Kabul. Standing before a group of …

Five Stories About the Way We Sleep

I am one of those people who needs as much sleep as possible; I can easily sleep for 12 hours; I nap frequently; I rely on lattes and Coke Zero to …

How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

<i>First in a series. Part 2 here. Part 3 here.</i><p>Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now …

Surveillance

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?<p><b>1. Youngstown, U.S.A.</b><p>The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …

What would happen in the ocean if humanity went quiet? – Peter Brannen

At 5:30am I awoke to the sound of the diesel chug-chugging of a lone lobster boat carving into the glassy Atlantic. An audience of shrieking gulls …

How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen

Environmentalists warn us that apocalypse awaits. Economists tell us that minimal fixes will get us through. Here's how we can move beyond the impasse.<p>Not long ago, my newspaper informed me that glaciers in the western Antarctic, undermined by the warmer seas of a hotter world, were collapsing, and …

This doomed Alaskan village shows just how unprepared we are for climate change

It’s a Wednesday morning in late August, the first day of classes at the Shishmaref School. The doors of the pale blue building haven’t opened yet, …

The Fight Over the Most Polarizing Animal in the West

The switchbacks on the old logging road still held two-foot-deep patches of snow in late March, when we set off on four-wheelers to scout for wolf tracks in the Boise National Forest, north of Garden Valley, Idaho. The riding was easy lower down, where the hardpack traced the course of a …

The Machine Is a Garden

In 1898, an unassuming British stenographer hatched the idea of "Garden Cities" as an antidote to dirty, crowded London. Today, a revival of that …

Why would anyone want to shoot a sea otter? | Ross Perlin

A century ago, the sea otter was almost wiped out. Now, after decades of conservation, one hunter is trying to bring its fur back into fashion<p>Every time he hunts, Peter Williams sends a silent message to his prey before he squeezes the trigger: “Please give me your life. I’ll eat some of your meat, …

America still has a heartland, it’s just an artificial one – Venkatesh Rao

Every time you set foot in a Whole Foods store, you are stepping into one of the most carefully designed consumer experiences on the planet. Produce …

We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand

The way the public hears about conservation issues is nearly always in the mode of ‘[Beloved Animal] Threatened With Extinction’. That makes for …

Special Report: The war on big food

Try this simple test. Say the following out loud: Artificial colors and flavors. Pesticides. Preservatives. High-fructose corn syrup. Growth …

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in …

Geology