Tim Mandell

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Tim is a writer at the Rural Blog at the University of Kentucky's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
Research has found that particles from burning of coal and other fossil fuels are "far more dangerous than average" particulates that pollute the air, Sean Reilly reports for Environment & Energy News. And, "exposure to emissions from coal-fired power...
The South remains the fattest part of the country, according to the 12th Annual State of Obesity report released in September by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Arkansas leads the way with an adult obesity...
Oil and gas industry greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise, but methane leakage continues to fall, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report released on Tuesday, Pamela King reported for EnergyWire. "Petroleum and natural gas systems emitted 236 million...
Every fall leaves change colors, people travel far and wide to see those bright and interesting colors, then the leaves fall off and become yardwork for homeowners. But why do leaves change colors in the first place? And why are...
Americans should spend more time walking, and communities should be equipped with walking areas to make that possible, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said in a report released on Wednesday. "Maybe this sounds like obvious advice, a health tip...
Bike routes are an easy and cheap way to bring tourism dollars to rural communities, reported Nicholas Deshais for The Spokesman-Review. Deshais last month began a 416-trek across Idaho and Washington's U.S. Bicycle Route 10 which is part of nearly 8,992 miles...
Liberals and conservatives don't agree on much. In addition to politics, the two groups also disagree in many other areas, such as rural vs. urban, diversity, religion, family, education, recreation, arts and culture, guns, and cable news, reports the...
From 1960 to 2000, the average weight of adult men and women in the United States rose 17.6 percent and 18.5 percent, respectively—so much that the average woman weighs "almost exactly as much as the average man weighed in...
Small businesses in Appalachia have a harder time attracting loans and investments, and the Appalachian Regional Commission has been working on the problem in the last few years. On Wednesday, the federal agency announced at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting...