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Back from vacation

Governor Paul LePage recently returned from a Jamaican vacation, which provided fodder for some political controversy, and probably helped him avoid getting into new messes.
Gubernatorial Scorecard

Running a clean race

Johnny and his crew of knuckleheads were playing a round of ding-dong ditch in the Back Bay when they were spotted by a cop.
Charles River weekend
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  May 01, 2009

The shovel-ready lessons of the New Deal

Action Speaks!, AS220's always-engaging panel discussion series, is back. "So soon?" you ask. Why, yes.
Action speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009

29. Lang Lang

Sure, he can bang bang on the piano, but can he collect all the Dragonballs in time to save the planet? Someone needs to tell this chipper phenom with the Goku hair that while his own playing gives him orgasms, not all of us are getting off.
Sure, he can bang bang on the piano, but can he collect all the Dragonballs in time to save the planet? Someone needs to tell this chipper phenom with the Goku hair that while his own playing gives him orgasms, not all of us are getting off.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Saving the earth

Former Green gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Carter's 120 acres in Lexington township will be the first-ever officially designated "carbon sequestration forest." It remains to be seen whether they will also be the only one.
Seeing the climate-change forest for the carbon-storing trees.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 25, 2009

Mountains, not windmills

I just read your article (" Transmission Troubles ," by Deirdre Fulton, February 13) in the Portland Phoenix, great article.
Portland Phoenix Letters: February 27, 2009
By Portland Phoenix Letters  |  February 25, 2009


Youth infusion

In DeLeo's restructuring, white, non-Hispanic men older than 45 fell from power in droves.  
The surprisingly diverse leaders of team DeLeo. Plus, do environmentalists have reason to worry?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 19, 2009

Advocates renew push for publicly-financed RI elections

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon in the State House rotunda, proponents of significantly expanding publicly financed elections in Rhode Island — a concept they call "Fair Elections" — cited a litany of reasons for why it would be good for the
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 04, 2009

Toilet talk

Bathroom math used to be simple: Number 1 or Number 2. That was it.
The new world of going green in the bathroom
By PHILIP ELI  |  January 07, 2009

20 reasons the Earth will be glad to see Bush go

The planet Earth usually tries to stay out of politics. It doesn't endorse candidates. It doesn't run attack ads. It doesn't even register as a lobbyist.
As our 43rd president scrambles to screw further with Mother Nature, a look at the ways our planet will be better off under Obama
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2008

Changing the DC climate

By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 17, 2008


New Justice League takes on foes of the environment

The folks who live in poor, urban neighborhoods get less than their fair share.
By MARY GRADY  |  December 10, 2008

Kicking the bottle

As several Maine towns battle the plans of Poland Spring to expand water-pumping operations across the state, a group of water-rights activists will bring the issue to Portland this Saturday.
Water supply
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  November 26, 2008

Expert: Expanding wind power could unhinge insects

Last spring, a red tail hawk was hit and killed by Rhode Island's one functioning wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey School. Brother Joseph Byron says the bird was the first animal fatality he has seen since the 241-foot-high structure started producing 6
Unintended Consequences
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  November 25, 2008

Green around the gills

Spotting environmentalists used to be easy.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 02, 2008

Activists pitch green jobs as a win-win for Rhode Island

With global warming looming and the US economy in a mess, environmentalists have a simple answer for promoting environmental protection and economic development.
Clean Energy
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 25, 2008


A field guide to activism in Rhode Island

If you’re interested in becoming an agent of change, identify a cause close to your heart and connect with one of the groups working on it.
Issues + organizing = real-world experience
By MEGHAN GRADY  |  August 27, 2008

Portland City Council highlights water needs

City councilor Dave Marshall will speak at this Wednesday’s farmers’ market in Monument Square about the importance of creating a national water trust fund.
Water ways
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 2008

China, Tibet, and the Olympics

It is difficult to imagine an American — perhaps any Westerner — with a greater sympathy for, and understanding of, Tibet than scholar-activist Robert Thurman.
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the Dalai Lama’s political wisdom, the myopia of the chinese, and the essence of the Olympics
By PETER KADZIS  |  August 06, 2008

Giving back

What does it take to get young people to give money to environmental organizations?
 Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2008

Shifting sands

If you want to know what the future holds, take a ride up to the Desert of Maine in Freeport.
The real lesson of the Desert of Maine
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 18, 2008


It's easy staying green

This summer, don't leave home without your environmentalism.
New England offers a variety of eco-friendly lodging options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 09, 2008

Eating righteously

Worried that your favorite dining haunts leave a big, fat carbon footprint?
Responsible summer dining has arrived
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  June 09, 2008

Campaign continues to cut diesel emissions

Diesel vehicles may be a familiar part of any city, but the pollutants left in their wake can take a serious toll, particularly on the residents of Rhode Island’s capital.
By KATE MAYHEW  |  May 28, 2008

Progressive union coalition gathers in Providence

If there was an “intelligent designer” who could design a coalition to unify the disparate, passionate elements of the American left, the result would resemble Jobs with Justice (JwJ).
Annals of labor
By MATT JERZYK  |  May 08, 2008

Look at Maine’s alternative-transport options

Check it out: the Portland Green Streets initiative (through which locals can get free coffee on the last Friday of every month — if they choose an eco-friendly method of getting to work) has taken off.
Commute another way week
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 07, 2008


A stormwater popsicle

You’ve probably seen the Bayside Glacier: it’s that pile of dirty snow and ice that rises each winter to rival the redeveloping neighborhood’s new office buildings in bulk and height.
What the Bayside Glacier can teach us about Portland’s sewage problem
By CHRISTIAN McNEIL  |  April 09, 2008

A win-wind situation

It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008

Why ban smoking?

This editorial originally appeared in the February 20, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

An extreme proposal where the spirit of compromise already works

By EDITORIAL  |  February 21, 2008

Something old, nothing new

It certainly wouldn’t have been difficult to write a dreamy combo-column that made joint mention of two popular topics: eco-clothes and buying local.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 20, 2008