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Weekend Reads: The Importance of Being Urchin, the Trouble with Chris Christie, Your Radioactive Smile
Four #greenreads to drink up with hot cider and whiskey.

You Are Made of Waste
Your fingernails came out of an automotive exhaust pipe. Your hair? From the fertilizer we use to soup-up our agricultural fields. Heck, even your smile is made up of tiny nuclear explosions. That’s right, many of the molecules in our bodies come from icky sources (as well as amazing ones like lightening and exploding stars). Curt Stager shows how pollution has become so prominent, it infects the very fiber of our being. It's all connected, man. Nautilus

Seachange: Can Sea Life Adapt?
The oceans absorb about a quarter of all the carbon dioxide emitted by our fossil fuel use, and that unleashed carbon causes waters around the world to warm and acidify. This chemical imbalance is putting many marine plants and animals in a tough spot: adapt or die out. But recent studies of the sea urchin, a prickly species if ever there was one, may yield some insight into which sea creatures are likely to hang on in the face of unprecedented habitat change. Craig Welch has the story. Seattle Times

Brilliant Disguise?
New Jersey voters re-elected Republican governor Chris Christie by a huge margin last Tuesday. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Christie won the hearts of Democrats and Republicans alike, winning praise for shunning partisanship for the benefit of his storm-battered constituents. But a closer look reveals Christie is far from an ideal choice when it comes to numerous environmental issues, including those that would protect New Jersey from future climate-related weather events like hurricanes and sea-level rise. OnEarth editor Scott Dodd details his governor's pitiful performance on climate and offers Christie some advice for his next election—which is rumored to be for the presidency. OnEarth

Breathless and Burdened
Imagine you’re a career coal miner, aged 39. One day you’re crawling through the middle of a coal seam deep within the Earth and all of a sudden it feels like someone has put a bag over your head. You can’t breathe. Later some doctors say you have black lung disease. Other doctors—the ones your bosses insisted you see—argue it’s some other kind of hideous disease, but definitely not one linked to coal dust. You spend the next twenty years fighting your employer in court. Follow Chris Hamby as he dissects the despicable way coal companies are bending over backwards to avoid giving their workers benefits regarding black lung disease. Center for Public Integrity

Tired of Reading Yet? Watch This.

Bicycle valet: Given the hubbub we saw with New York City’s bike-share program, the United States has a long way to go in terms of integrating bicycles into the DNA of our cities. But places like Portland, Oregon, are leading the way in innovative, common-sense solutions when it comes to bicycle culture. Watch for yourself. I could really get used to having a bike valet… Treehugger

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