An April 23 Forbes article describes “America’s 10 Thirstiest Cities,” and, of course, each is west of the Rockies and faces some degree of water crisis. Closer to home, the Great Lakes, which hold roughly 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, have dropped dramatically in the past decade. Explanations range from weather…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading The observer: Summer ’10
Over the past several years, Pittsburgh has hosted one signature event each year — an event that’s drawn attention and visitors to our city: Pittsburgh Roars, Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass, Pittsburgh 250 and the G-​20 Summit. And now, this year, Pittsburgh is hosting World Environment Day in June. These major events don’t happen by wishing. They…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading On a pedestal: World Environment Day leaders
My mother would busily get the house ready. One of my jobs was to check the colored Christmas lights on the white pine that towered over our white frame house. We left the lights in all year. The tree kept growing, so every December I would add extra strands as far up as…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2010
The wrecking ball that has moved through the U.S. economy, taking down investment banks, fitness chains and donut shops, is threatening a group of institutions not usually mentioned on the nightly business report.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Higher-​ed braces for tough times
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