Articles

Flight Shame

The Climate Hazards of Air Travel

Originally published on August 31, 2019 in NYR Daily

In mid-August, to much fanfare, sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg set sail from England on the Malizia II, a solar-powered yacht. With a small crew, she embarked on a journey across the Atlantic in order to attend the UN Climate Action summit in New York in September.

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The new feminist armpit hair revolution

Half-statement, half-ornament

Originally published on June 24, 2019 in The Guardian

I am usually late to catch on to shifts in the zeitgeist; this one came to my attention just recently. While watching the HBO show High Maintenance, I noticed that Lee, the protagonist’s hip and beautiful love interest, was sporting hairy armpits.

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Climate Change on Trial

Originally published on Fall 2015 in Dissent

On August 12, twenty-one young Americans, led by the organization Our Children’s Trust, filed a lawsuit against the federal government. By now, President Obama is used to getting sued, but these were not his usual adversaries.

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LA Existential

The Third Los Angeles: Can It Truly Become a Green, Sustainable City?

Originally published on April 19, 2015 in Slate

Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement of California’s first-ever mandatory restrictions on water use drew attention to the state’s uneasy relationship with its natural resources.

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How to Solve Climate Change with Cows (Maybe)

Could better grazing patterns be the answer? A sweeping new theory divides the environmental world

Originally published on May 4, 2014 in The Boston Globe

In the United States, there is famously little consensus on the topic of climate change. But among the community most concerned about it, certain convictions are widely shared: Fossil fuel emissions deserve nearly all the blame for warming our planet.

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