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 You can either get lost, or find yourself en el bosque

You can either get lost, or find yourself en el bosque
Sundays have become a great day to dedicate some me-time. The way that I found out how I can spend some me-time is by hiking Mt. Tom located in my town, Holyoke, Massachusetts. I have visited before, and I am fairly new to the hiking trails in the area. After researching what to bring, I found mys....

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Chicanos from Cascadia
JOSÉ GONZALEZ: WHAT IS YOUR STORY, YOUR CONNECTION TO THE LAND AND CONSERVATION? EDGAR FLORES: My connection to the land begins in the womb. My mother tells me during her pregnancy she would crave dirt. I was born on the border at UC San Diego medical center hours after my mom crossed the....
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How the fracking industry undermines labor
Is there a salary worth risking your health or even your life? Big Oil and Gas might think so, but the ex-industry workers with whom we spoke aren’t so convinced. Last week, the Food & Water Watch released Toxic Workplace: Fracking Hazards on the Job, a research brief that exposes the dangers of ....
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 The tyranny of asthma 

The tyranny of asthma
Fear is Pati Calzada’s constant companion. Her 6-year old son, Abraham, has asthma, and his frequent attacks fill them both with terror and anguish. “He gets scared and calls me, ‘Mommy!’ And I can hear him wheezing, and he asks me, ‘why can’t I breathe?’ And then I have to calm him down because ....

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Mi Abuelito, su jardín, and the outdoors
At twilight hours I think often of my grandfather. When I speak of him it is with great love and appreciation, but I know he was not a perfect man—he was human, fallible. But this also gives me hope, as I am the same. He carted his children and wife from state to state, dirt-floored work camp to ....
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Dominoes continue to fall on Keystone XL
We’ve got this. Thanks to the courageous and indefatigable efforts of pipeline fighters everywhere, the tide has finally turned on Keystone XL. As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL’s northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation. ....
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Connecting leaders at both ends of the pipeline
In Houston’s East End, we’re well acquainted with the risks of living so close to the oil refineries whose toxic emissions poison us every day. Like so many other kids in this neighborhood, I grew up with constant headaches, asthma and skin rashes. Cardiovascular diseases and cancer are not uncomm....
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‘We already have the worst air in the country’
Very close to the city of Delano, CA, where César Chávez conducted a great deal of his work for justice, it now reeks of injustice. In Wasco —in the San Joaquin Valley where tens of thousands of farm workers toil— a local ordinance has approved the expansion of a railroad coal depot right next t....
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Latinos' health is damaged every day
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal for the first-ever national protections against dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. This new standard, which is the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, will clean up the industries that create the....
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Reducing carbon pollution:‘We have to do more’ President Barack Obama
I’m here at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., visiting with some kids being treated here all the time for asthma and other breathing problems. Often, these illnesses are aggravated by air pollution – pollution from the same sources that release carbon and contribute to clima....
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'Moccasins on the Ground' fight pipeline
First Nations people started the Keystone XL fight in the U.S. by waking up the world to the survival threats posed by Canada's poisonous tar sands mining. Indigenous leaders now vow to end the Keystone XL fight by vanquishing, once and for all, the northern leg of TransCanada's "black venom" tar ....
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Dirty energy industry looks green with envy
We are in the midst of an epidemic of devastating oil and coal spills. In recent weeks, we have witnessed oil spills in the Mississippi River, on the Galveston, TX, coast and in Lake Michigan, among others. We have also seen terrible toxic coal spills in the Dan River, NC, and the Elk River, WV. I....
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House bill stops EPA action on polluters
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Polluter Protection Act (H.R. 3826). This bill stops the EPA from setting modest, sensible limits for climate change pollution and allows big polluters to continue to freely dump unlimited carbon pollution at the expense of public health. Whe....
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EPA moves forward to protect farm workers
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard in order to protect the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. I am proud that this administration has taken another step forward in prot....
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The three musketeers fighting climate change
In the battle against climate change, Latinos are in the line of fire. And our musketeers are our scientists. We Latinos disproportionately suffer the effects of climate change because of our professional activities —we are much more likely to work outdoors— and the parts of the country where we ....
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