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As a 2-State Solution Loses Steam, a 1-State Plan Gains Traction

Eventually, he said, what’s left of the Palestinian areas could become part of Jordan or Egypt, or become some kind of “state-minus” with limited sovereignty. In the meantime, Mr. Kisch said, he would be willing to give full Israeli citizenship to only about 30,000 West Bank Palestinians who live in areas where he wants Israel to assert sovereignty.Such a move would be unacceptable to the Palestinians.What these two sharply different one-state visions share is a conviction that a two-state solution is out of reach.To be sure, the P.L.O. is not giving up entirely on a two-state solution. It is still pursuing other diplomatic avenues. On Friday, for example, Mr. Erekat called on Arab League member states to act on past commitments to cut ties with any country that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.“We realize we have to be careful to make sure that the world does not misunderstand us,” Mr. Barghouti said in an interview. “If the two-state solution dies, it will be the responsibility of Israel, not the Palestinians. But if the Israelis kill it, which they’re in the process of doing now, unfortunately with the help of Trump’s administration, then the only option will be for us to fight the apartheid system and bring it down, which means one state with equal rights for everybody.”And there is skepticism among both Palestinians and Israelis that Palestinian leaders like Mr […]

The Major Food Waste Problem You Haven’t Heard About

Food waste has gotten a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. In the United States, we trash up to 40 percent of our post-harvest food supply. But there’s another, more insidious form of waste that plagues our food system—and it’s baked right in. We devote more than 100 million acres of U.S. land to growing crops that don’t contribute efficiently to our food system and in some cases pose an outright threat to our health and the environment. […]

Cutting Superfund’s Budget Will Slow Toxic Waste Cleanups, Threatening Public Health And Property Values

By Katherine Kiel, College of the Holy Cross Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Love Canal crisis, when toxic chemicals were found to be leaking from an underground dump into homes in Niagara Falls, New York. State and federal agencies relocated more than 200 families out of the affected area. A state investigation later found elevated rates of birth defects among families who had lived at Love Canal. This disaster called public attention to health risks from improperly controlled toxic waste. In response, President Jimmy Carter signed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, into law in December 1980. Superfund has supported cleanups of toxic waste sites in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. But its funding decreased by nearly half between 1999 and 2013, and President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal calls for an additional 30 percent cut, despite EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s assertion that Superfund is “absolutely essential.” As an economist specializing in housing issues, including the relationship between toxic cleanups and property values, I have published several studies of Superfund sites […]

Teaching Climate Science In The Age Of Trump

James Sutter is a science teacher at Wellston High School, student population less than 500. Wellston, Ohio is a town of a little more than 5,000 people in southeastern Ohio near the West Virginia border. The town is 98 percent white and mostly Protestant. Only 12.7 percent of adults in the town age 25 or older have at least a college degree compared to almost one of three adults in the United States as a whole. Most students are from families that live below the poverty line. Wellston, located in Jackson County, used to be coal country and it is now Trump country. Donald Trump got 73 percent of the presidential votes cast in Jackson County in 2016. According to a recent article in the New York Times, Mr. Sutter has been having difficulty with some of the students in his classes, and their parents, because, like the President of the United States, they reject the reality of climate science […]

Of Mice, Monsanto And A Mysterious Tumor

(First published in Environmental Health News.)Call it the case of the mysterious mouse tumor.It’s been 34 years since Monsanto Co. presented U.S. regulators with a seemingly routine study analyzing the effects the company’s best-selling herbicide might have on rodents. […]

Pruitt Doubles Down On Big Coal Lie With ‘Pruitt Math’

When Pruitt gave the same lie to three separate networks (Fox, ABC and NBC) on Sunday, claiming that 50,000 new coal jobs had been created since the fourth quarter of 2016 (and 7,000 new coal industry jobs in May alone), I quickly posted a fact check on HuffPost. […]

This Paint Could Change The Face Of Sustainable Design

For Architectural Digest, by Carrie Hojnicki. Graphene, and its somewhat mythical categorization as one of the strongest materials in the world, has long been the stuff of sustainable design dreams. Thanks to Spanish producer Graphenstone, these dreams are becoming a reality with the introduction of the world’s first Graphene paint. Thanks to Spanish producer Graphenstone, these dreams are becoming a reality with the introduction of the world’s first Graphene paint. First reported by Dezeen, who spoke with Graphene director Patrick Folkes, the introduction of Graphene paint, which has already been used successfully? on several commercial and restoration projects in Europe, will have enormous implications for energy-saving in the heating and cooling of homes because it effectively acts as a source of sustainable heat energy. “When used on interior wall surfaces, rather than heat being radiated through the walls, the graphene within the paint captures the heat,” Folkes explained to Dezeen. “It then conducts the heat through the paint and across the whole Graphenstone-painted surface of interior walls. This enhances the insulation measures used in buildings by slowing heat conduction through walls and out of buildings.” As if that weren’t enough for the eco-friendly consumer, the new paint will also be composed of 98 percent pure lime — a resource endemic to Graphenstone’s Spanish roots — whose ability to absorb carbon dioxide can purify ambient air. The paint, distributed through the Graphene Company, is available in indoor and outdoor varieties […]