Laura Orlando

Laura Orlando (lorlando@bu.edu) is Executive Director of the Resource Institute for Low Entropy Systems and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health.

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Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:52am
Pissed at Portland: Uncovering the City's Public Health Hypocrisy
Portland, Oregon, recently dumped eight million gallons of drinking water into the sewer because a man was caught on camera urinating in the city’s reservoir. The Associated Press picked up the story and National Public Radio's "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!" couldn't resist poking fun at it. After the laughs, a closer look at Portland's public health hypocrisy gets deadly serious.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2004 - 9:13am
What's in a Name? EPA Proposes to Call Sewage Sludge "Compost"
Juliet said to Romeo, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." When Juliet spoke to Romeo in Capulet's orchard, she had nary a thought about sewage sludge. You might think that her suggestion, that a thing is what it is, not what it is called, would have the Environmental Protection Agency crying "O Happy Dagger" and plunging a knife into its heart; but alas, this is not post-medieval Verona but Orwellian Washington where the EPA would have us think that sewage sludge is compost.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 10:11am
Bush in Colombia: An Old War Gets a New Boost
Probably few Americans know that by the end of this week the United States may be even more deeply entrenched in the Colombian war. The Bush administration wants to escalate the conflict there, with U.S. soldiers digging in on the new Latin American front in the "war on terrorism." Two bills that will be considered by Congress this week and next will decide just how deeply the U.S. military will be involved in the decades-old civil war in Colombia.
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