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Sandra’s Weekly Essays

Every week, Sandra Steingraber writes an essay on environmental health inspired by a quote from a noteworthy thinker, activist, or artist. Each piece employs Sandra’s signature style: addressing complex scientific and social issues with stories and musings from her life as a cancer survivor, biologist, and mother. These essays are cross-posted on Huffington Post.


Aug 13, 2012 /

Fracking Truth to Fracking Power

Does fracking kill more people than it employs?

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Jul 19, 2012 /

The Metaphors of Fracking

Less like a pot of gold, more like a waste dump.

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Jun 05, 2012 /

Safe Hydrofracking Is the New Jumbo Shrimp

Oxymorons in the gas patch.

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May 07, 2012 /

A Poem for the Marcellus

In praise of unfractured rock.

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Apr 24, 2012 /

How to Have a Colonoscopy

Hints: Go for June, skip the drugs, embrace Descartes.

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Apr 11, 2012 /

Cancer in the Ransom Note

Fracking is a hostage exchange program. Only the carcinogens go free.

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Mar 26, 2012 /

Breaking Up with the Sierra Club

It's hard. But necessary.

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Jul 08, 2010 /

A Bridge to Somewhere - Responding to the President’s Cancer Panel Report (Part 3)

Two cancer narratives compete for the president’s attention—and for ours.

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Jun 16, 2010 /

A Bridge to Somewhere - Responding to the President’s Cancer Panel Report (Part 2)

The new President’s Cancer Panel report on the environment shows us where to begin a meaningful program of cancer prevention.

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Jun 08, 2010 /

A Bridge to Somewhere - Responding to the President’s Cancer Panel Report (Part 1)

A recently released report from the President’s Cancer Panel finds that the environment plays a much bigger role in the story of human cancer than previously appreciated. The Congressional briefing organized to discuss these results played to a full house.

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About Sandra

Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and reproductive health.

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