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Boston Globe: Singles are environmental sinners

Are you divorced or unmarried -- and living alone? Scientists say the proliferation of smaller households is straining the world’s natural resources, leading some researchers to call for tax incentives for those who are single to share their homes and penalties for people who choose to live alone, says the January 13 Boston Globe. Cutler Cleveland, a CAS professor of geography and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, says that it’s hard to change people’s lifestyle habits, but that government initiatives could make a big difference. To encourage more people to cohabitate or to buy smaller homes, he thinks lawmakers should consider a major tax on household energy use, but acknowledges that such an idea is certain to be a political hot potato. “People don’t want to hear about the true cost of energy,” he says. “They think somewhere in the Bill of Rights we should be able to buy a gallon of gas for $1.”

Women’s Health Weekly: HRT big medical story of 2002

The most significant medical landmark of 2002 was not the discovery of a new pill or a technique that improved the quality of life, but the realization that a practice widely believed to help women live longer and better by protecting their hearts and bones -- hormone replacement therapy -- did more harm than good, reports the January 16 Women’s Health Weekly. “All science operates in a context,” says Lynn Rosenberg, an SPH professor and assistant director of the Slone Epidemiology Unit. “The context here was that many people were absolutely convinced that female hormones had to reduce the risk of heart attacks, because women get heart attacks at a much later age than men.”

Shrewsbury Chronicle: Title IX levels playing field

Title IX, the 1972 law prohibiting sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding, was as revolutionary as granting women the right to vote, said BU Athletic Director Gary Strickler at the monthly Temple Beth Am Brotherhood breakfast, reports the January 13 Shrewsbury Chronicle. He told the group that currently 54 percent of those involved in athletics at BU are women, with 12 teams for women and 11 for men. “Before 1972, if a soccer mom brought her daughter to a soccer game it was very likely so [the girl] could watch her brother,” he said. “Today, if she takes her daughter to a game, it’s as likely to watch her game as to watch her son’s game.”


17 January 2003
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