A Future of Human-Eating Chickens

by Kimberly Peng Trekking through a humid and dense forest, a white goat stands chained to a poll, eating the grasses that lay around it. Rain starts to pour as flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder create chaos. In an unexpected instant, the goat disappears, its chain broken and a puddle of blood left … Continue reading

The Road to Sustainability: 4.5 billion years in the making

Australian sustainability professor Tim Flannery wants to solve the many crises humanity is facing (environmental, economic, resource, health, nutrition, social inequality). One way he did this was by writing Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet (the Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 2010), which explains the need for taking a holistic approach to climate … Continue reading

Doctor Joseph Graziano: Scientist and Philanthropist

Entering the 40th year of his research, Dr. Joseph Graziano is just now finding one of the joys of his career.  Renowned for developing the drug to treat childhood lead poisoning, he currently is working to find and combat the arsenic in drinking water in Bangladesh.  I met with him on one of the first … Continue reading

Opening Our Eyes to a Hidden Source of Pollution

Once likened to fruitcake by my civil engineering professor, Kenneth Hover, concrete is about as sweet as the infamously rejected dessert that serves as a metaphor for its composition. Pollution from trucks is unmistakably visible as billowing black smoke from tailpipes. It’s less obvious that concrete deserves a similar recognition for its carbon footprint.  Unbelievably, … Continue reading

Dear Dunkin Donuts: Let Go of The Styrofoam

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is usually how quickly I can get out the door to get a cup of coffee.  Yes, I’m addicted to caffeine.  I know it would be much easier to make a pot myself but I prefer to grab a cup of coffee … Continue reading