Ways to Help Famine Victims in the Horn of Africa

Somalia and neighboring countries are facing the worst drought in 60 years, which has led to severe famine affecting approximately 10 million people. Hundreds of thousands of people – the majority women and children – have been displaced in the Horn of Africa. As in most cases of humanitarian crisis, one of the best ways … Continue reading

What’s Poisoning Greene Township?

Barb Reed moved to Greene Township as a teenager in 1975. When she and her husband decided to settle there, they cut their own driveway and built the entire house together, starting with the basement. She was only seventeen years old. “We love where we’re at. We’re in the middle of almost 8 acres. We … Continue reading

What’s Killing LaBelle, PA?

  by Joanna Castle Miller When you drive into LaBelle, PA, you might miss it for the view. The steep streets wind around trees turned, this time of year, into bold yellows and oranges. Houses line the Monongahela River on small lots left over from the peak of the town’s coal mining days. A rustic … Continue reading

Cancer Come and Me Wan’ Go Home

Bananas in the Store – by Steve Hopson, http://www.stevehopson.com In the last few decades, a large number of workers have migrated toward the banana plantations. That’s right, toward them. Even though the industry is corrupt and life is hard on a banana farm, many migrants feel any check is better than no check, and bananas … Continue reading

Getting to Yemen

The following clip from UNHCR details the perilous journey thousands of Somalis are making every day to get to Yemen and the safety they hope to find there. This clip was produced in 2007, but since then a new phase of the Somali civil war has started in the country, and so Somali refugees continue … Continue reading

Water in Your Community

In the last month, as we’ve talked about water, everything that could go wrong with it pretty much has. Our seas have been polluted beyond repair by the BP oil spill. Nashville is underwater. Droughts are creating water refugees in the Middle East. Earthquake victims around the world still seek fresh water, even after months … Continue reading

True Love, the Oil Spill and Well Water

As millions of gallons of oil continue to decimate the Gulf region, I am awestruck by the mystery of tapping into something that never seems to run out. If the oil could be tamed (too late), it would be like the elusive “money tree” we all wish we could grow. (Even though we’d know the … Continue reading

The (de)Construction of Bridges and Dams

Infrastructure in America is something for which to be grateful: we can travel the country, read under lamplight, store and reheat food easily, and work and play rather than walk 8 hours every day to the well. But construction, a critical part of this infrastructure, is a complex beast. The Hoover Dam is the most … Continue reading

Charity Water

As we talked about yesterday, water is a dirty, dirty beast. We have to clean it first, and keep it clean, to live. If you use Hulu to watch tv online, you may have noticed ads for Charity: Water (or you may have just run to the bathroom before your episode of Dancing with the … Continue reading

From Sea to Shining [Don’t Drink That!]

This morning, many Americans are waking up to the dangers of murky water. In the inner city, it is not uncommon to see murky tap water, and boiling it ahead of time is the safest thing to do. But for the last three days, all Bostonians are getting a taste of that pre-boiled water. Because … Continue reading

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