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Health for the Earth; Health for Us All

By on June 25, 2016

By Athena Wintruba, assistant editor, The Fourth River   We’ve all heard about Zika virus by now: the illness, similar to yellow fever and West Nile virus transmitted by mosquitos. The virus typically results in fever, rash, and joint pain

The Ayoreo and our Failure of Imagination

By on March 16, 2016

  By Stephanie Vega, assistant editor, The Fourth River   The Chaco region of Paraguay houses some of the most biodiverse and unique ecosystems, from the Gran Chaco thorn forest to the wetlands of the Pilcomayo. The thorn forest of

Beware Pittsburgh Winter

By on February 28, 2016

By Chara Kramer, assistant editor, The Fourth River   Every time someone learns that I hate winter—and I mean hate it—they ask me if I’m from the south. “No,” I always answer. “I just wish I was.” When I was

Holding up the Panels on the Roof: Neighborhoods Fighting Climate Change

By on February 3, 2016

By Stephanie Vega, assistant editor, The Fourth River   I live in an old house. A very old house, built in the 1880s, with a very old slate roof. It’s brittle and breaks easily. It’s difficult to maintain, expensive to

Change the Meatball, Save the Planet?

By on January 20, 2016

By Ann Marie Falcone, assistant editor   Meatballs are the way of the Italians. I grew up with an Italian father and grandfather who cooked meals, occasionally, or brought home food from diners for supper. Every dinner included some form