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Sandra Steingraber

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Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is an expert on the environmental links to cancer and human health, including, especially, the health effects of fracking for natural gas. She holds a doctoral degree in biology from the University of Michigan and is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment and, most recently, Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. Formerly on faculty at Cornell University, Sandra Steingraber is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and a founder of the organization New Yorkers Against Fracking.

She is married to sculptor Jeff de Castro, and is a proud parent of two children, Faith and Elijah.

Coffee in Jail

When standing up for what's right lands you in a correctional facility.

The Discontent of Our Winter

Lamenting the loss of reliable seasons, one snowflake at a time. Web extra: Author Interview.

The Silence of Science

Scientists may have the facts, but people of faith have the gumption.

The Fracking of Rachel Carson

Fifty years ago a book changed the way we think about nature—or did it? Web extra: audio slide show

Sand County, the Sequel

In which the land ethic gets turned on its head.

Household Tips from Warrior Mom!

On the human tendency to belittle big problems by asking petty questions.

When Cowboys Cry

The fossil fuel-based economy is breaking hearts all over the fracking place.

Mind Games

If neurotoxicants in the environment were making us less smart, would we notice? And if we did, would we stop putting them on our food and in our air?

Fracking Democracy

In which you get 120 seconds to say why shale gas should be left in the ground.

The Whole Fracking Enchilada

The latest technique for extracting natural gas trumps every other environmental assault.

Shale Game

Four ways of looking at a natural gas deposit.

Ecological Inheritance

How we live can shape our descendants.

The Story About the One

Pro-life or pro-choice, everyone can agree on one thing about abortion. And that's potentially great news for the environment.

3 Bets

A successful environmental human rights movement is worth everything you can possibly wager. AUDIO EXTRA: Interview with Sandra Steingraber.

Sounds Like a Lot to Me

The author shares her personal finances—and you should, too.

The Big Talk

It's hard enough talking to kids about sex. What in the world do you say about climate change?

Environmental Amnesia

Americans today know more about environmental pollution but less about the environment itself.

The Fall of a Sparrow

Notes on a ubiquitous avian neighbor and sometime friend.

The Rabies Principle

Why there is no number for the Cancer Prevention Hotline in the front of the phone book.

The Pirates of Illiopolis

Floral-patterned kitchen floor kills five, terrorizes Illinois town, and threatens national security. (Yes, it's true.)

The Sound of Migration

A pregnant ecologist turns her gaze both inward and outward, weaving observations of her own body with those of migrating birds as she undergoes amniocentesis and ponders the meaning of transitions.