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California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags, while convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers will join the ranks a year later.


Zipping on my boots, I left the TV on and chanced on the Queen Latifah Show. I find her very likable­­ charming, and non plastic in presentation or surgery. So, when she began her show with an earnest appeal for us to get our “girls” checked, I sat up and paid attention.


Last week, the streets of Manhattan were transformed into powerful rallying sites. Marchers from all over the world joined forces to protest the destruction of our soil, air and water. Focusing mostly on climate changes and the dangers of fracking, over half a million marchers bravely struck back at the forces that refuse to recognize the severity of the climate problem.


Over the past three years a small community of introspective frontier feminists have been gathering on intensive retreats to discuss and dissect the tenets of what it means to be a modern feminist. Presented by The Hole, “Future Feminism” is an exhibition collectively realized by Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, Bianca Casady and Sierra Casady. It realizes their reflective journeys into 13 tenets, articulating their meditations on modern feminist thinking. (Running September 11—27, 2014)


From season to season, year to year, we each go through our unique life journey. It's said, "We make plans, and God laughs!" The trick is to allow ourselves to laugh, no matter how challenging the terrain.


Women aren't the only ones who should be worried about exposure to BPA, PCBs and other common environmental contaminants. Research during the last few decades—including a recent report by the Environmental Working Group—has shown that environmental exposures may contribute to major diseases and health concerns that especially affect men, including heart disease, prostate cancer and infertility. 


On July 17th, Housing Works Soho Shop will be transformed into an art gallery with a special opening featuring donated pieces from artist friends including Jemima Kirke (Girls), Scooter LaForge and Mel Odom as well as a curated collection donated from generous New Yorkers own collections, volunteers and staff.


Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of the so-called “driverless car” that Google and others are working on right now? —April Jackman, Barre, MA


Eleven days, thirty-five projects, and more than ninety artists... Experience intimate and provocative dance, music, visual art, and new media projects in public parks, in historic landmarks, on Governors Island and along the waterfront, for LMCC's13th annual festival. This year, the artists will respond to the architecture of some of New York City’s most iconic locations and hidden gems.

Games, performances, interactive experiments, and the great outdoors combine for a full-day science extravaganza. Installations and activities from more than 50 organizations will focus on our three themes: space, weather, and robots. There’s so much to explore: cutting-edge science experiments on the International Space Station, Mars rovers, extreme weather simulations, and robots that might someday live in your house, to name a few!


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