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Recycling wastewater at the Savannah River Site

Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Committed People

by Robert Alvarez | Dec 18, 2023 | Environment

As a citizen activist in the late 1970s and 1980s working at the Environmental Policy Institute, Robert Alvarez was among the first to document the extreme hazards of managing high concentrations of nuclear waste derived from nuclear weapons production, and as a senior appointee at the Department of Energy, he worked to prevent the department’s […]

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Clean up at the Savannah River Site

Shuttering the Nuclear Weapons Sites: There’s Gold in Those Warheads but the Scrap Metal is Radioactive

by Robert Alvarez | Dec 18, 2023 | Environment

As one of my first tasks early in the first Clinton Administration as the newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, I conducted the first (and only) asset inventory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In carrying it out, we departed from the usual reliance on DOE contractors, and established a team of federal […]

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Beach erosion

New Study Forecasts Dramatic Beach Erosion Along U.S. Coastline

by Stefano Valentino | May 2, 2020 | Environment

In the time of the coronavirus, various U.S. authorities have tried to mitigate the contagion by belatedly and unevenly restricting access to beaches. Yet in the not-so-distant future, nature will accomplish what government could not, as many of these sandy areas will have been slowly wiped out by coastal erosion due to sea level rise. […]

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Trump's Nuclear Fallout

Why Government Secrecy Is More Damaging to Public Health Than Nuclear Fallout

by Robert Alvarez | Sep 11, 2019 | Environment, Foreign Policy

Much has been written about the strengths and flaws of Chernobyl—the HBO miniseries nominated for 19 Emmys that chronicles the catastrophe at the eponymous Russian nuclear power plant in 1986. In the mind of this reviewer, it’s a riveting if sobering television gem, and highly recommended. And to this newly enlivened debate over nuclear power […]

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Greta Thunberg

The New Generation of Climate Activists Are Media-Savvy Teens

by WS Editors | May 23, 2019 | Culture, Environment

Greta Thunberg was 15 when she initiated a school strike for the climate last fall outside the Swedish Parliament. Her protest, known as Fridays for Future, has since spread across the globe and has now arrived in the United States. Greta posted this call to action on YouTube. We are on a school strike for […]

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