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Articles by Mark R. Burns
Little Birds Tell Us A Dirty Air Pollution Secret
Learn about measuring air pollution, particularly soot pollution, in the United States spanning decades using bird specimens in museums.
Toxic Hurricane: Harvey’s Not Finished With Houston
Learn about the chemical threats that occurred before, during and after Hurricane Harvey and how we need a strong EPA now more than ever.
Toasting the Toasting of the Planet
Read about companies, including Anheuser-Busch, who have committed to using renewable energy and learn what steps they are taking to act on climate change.
No EPA Funding = No Environmental Justice
Learn how President Trump’s EPA budget cuts will impact communities of color, mainly through withdrawal of funding for the Office of Environmental Justice.
Breathing Dirty Air Accounts For 1 Of Every 8 Deaths Worldwide
Learn about a World Health Organization report has put a real number on air pollution deaths, a toll in the millions.
Paris When It Coughs
Find out how the city of Paris dealt with episodes of sever particulate matter pollution, making it unsafe to walk in the City of Light.
“A” is for “Astounded”
Hear from screenwriter, playwright, and father Mark Burns on why he is astounded by President Obama’s recently announced climate action plan.
Read about a dad who on this Father’s Day is learning about the things he should teach his sons and adds to the usual list how to participate in democracy.
¿Estamos en las nubes?
Primero sacas una foto – bueno, más bien 27– de tu hijo de tres años soplando las velas de su tarta de cumpleaños. ¡Qué mono! Luego las subes a Picasa o a Facebook, o las arrastras hasta Dropbox. Muy sencillo. Muy conveniente. Atención, pregunta: ¿y dónde …
Not A Cloud In The Sky
Find out how storing information in data clouds is not green at all, with the massive electricity and maintenance required creating air pollution.
Car-Guys Know We Need Strong Regulations
Read one man’s realization that car regulations that dramatically reduced auto pollution were attacked by industry much like mercury regulations today.