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New Economic Opportunities in the Heart of Coal Country

Brandon Dennison

This can be the moment when we finally start not just talking about our potential as a region, but actually realizing it. Read more >

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The Struggle for a Just Transition of the Crawford Coal Plant in Little Village Continues

Dr. Antonio Lopez

Five years after a coal plant closing, Chicago’s Little Village continues to face serious environmental justice challenges, including an uphill battle to redevelop the Crawford plant. Read more >

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Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Our Past Must Dictate the Future

Charles MacGregor

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that asbestos isn’t good for you. The mineral is a known carcinogen and has been tied to thousands of deaths from mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases. On average, close to 3,000 people each year in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma. And for those unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with the incredibly rare disease, the results are often not good. Patients are usually given a grim prognosis averaging somewhere between 12 and 21 months. Read more >

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Chevron Refinery in South Africa. CC-BY-2.0 (Wikimedia Commons).

Will Chevron’s New CEO Show More Vision on Climate?

Wendy Gordon, PhD.

The surprise announcement that Chevron CEO John Watson will be stepping down next month caught me and a lot of other people by surprise. I quickly had a flashback to the May 31 annual shareholder meeting that I attended and my one (and likely only) unsatisfying interaction with Chairman Watson. Read more >

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The Native Village of Shishmaref, viewed from the northeast side of Sarichef Island. Photo: Eli Keene

Rising Seas Erode Homes and History in Alaska—Let’s Talk Relocation

Victoria Herrmann

Climate change is amplified in the Arctic, and many coastal communities are talking relocation. The cost of relocation, often emphasized, is just a small part of the story–for these communities moving means losing a common history, a way of life and their identity. Read more >

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