American Workers Let 662 Million Vacation Days Go Unused Last Year

This article appeared in YES! Magazine. Average number of years the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans outlive the poorest 1 percent: 10 to 15 1 Amount, in added benefits from Social Security and other social programs, that an affluent American receives from that life expectancy inequality: $130,000 Percent of 2015 crowdfunding campaigns on GiveFoward, Plumfund, FundRazr, … Continue reading American Workers Let 662 Million Vacation Days Go Unused Last Year

Alaska’s Small Villages Turn Toward Renewables—And Don’t Look Back

This article was the cover story of YES! Magazine's Fall 2017 issue. Early in summer 2015, a barge hauling two deconstructed wind turbines lumbered out of Seattle bound for the Alaskan Arctic. It traveled along the western edge of Vancouver Island, passed the pristine wilderness of the Tongass National Forest, slipped across the Gulf of … Continue reading Alaska’s Small Villages Turn Toward Renewables—And Don’t Look Back

Outdoors Lovers Vote With Their Wallets, Move $45 Million Trade Show Out of Utah

YES! Magazine The outdoor recreation industry did a curtsy on its way out of Salt Lake City last week. After hosting their massive biannual trade show, Outdoor Retailer, in the city for 22 years, industry organizers announced they were moving the show to Denver because of Utah legislators’ attempts to remove protections for public lands, … Continue reading Outdoors Lovers Vote With Their Wallets, Move $45 Million Trade Show Out of Utah

Thanks to Amazon, Brick-and-Mortar Stores Have Lost 295K Jobs…

...and 32 other facts you should probably know. This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of YES! Magazine. Estimated jobs lost among brick-and-mortar stores because of Amazon sales by the end of 2015: 295,000 1 Number of U.S. workers Amazon employed at the end of 2015: 146,000 Number of robots working in Amazon warehouses … Continue reading Thanks to Amazon, Brick-and-Mortar Stores Have Lost 295K Jobs…

Why Climate Change Belongs in the Health Care Debate

YES! Magazine I’m digging through reports and punditry to make sense of health care reform when I realize that while we’ve been debating single-payer systems and high-risk pools, no one’s talking about the most serious health threat: climate change. I know what global warming is doing to our ecosystems. My Twitter feed is a stream of climate … Continue reading Why Climate Change Belongs in the Health Care Debate

U.S. Doesn’t Need Trump to Honor Paris Climate Agreement

YES! Magazine With or without President Donald Trump, the United States will work to address climate change. Not because of the Paris agreement, which is nonbinding. Not because backing out would earn the ire of the other 194 countries that have signed on to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. will work to address … Continue reading U.S. Doesn’t Need Trump to Honor Paris Climate Agreement

The Unlikely Uprising of Progressive Politics in Alaska

YES! Magazine It’s unseasonably warm in Fairbanks, Alaska. A city that sees snow eight months out of the year is just beginning to bud. I’m in the backseat of a Subaru, getting a tour of the town from three environmental and Indigenous rights activists with a busy week ahead of them. Fairbanks is about to host … Continue reading The Unlikely Uprising of Progressive Politics in Alaska

I Spoke With KBCS Seattle About Scott Pruitt and the Environment

This interview originally aired on 91.3 KBCS Environmental Issues And The New EPA Director February 22, 2017 - 7:58 am Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was a strong supporter of fracking and received significant contributions from the oil and gas industry. Last week, the Senate confirmed his appointment as the new EPA director. KBCS’s Yuko … Continue reading I Spoke With KBCS Seattle About Scott Pruitt and the Environment