Kristina Marusic

Award-Winning Journalist / Literary Nonfiction Writer  


Stockpiles, Self-Reliance, & Survival Skills:€” How Some Women Are Preparing For Our Uncertain Future

Kristen Tyler, a 36-year-old Portland resident who works as the director of recruiting for a software company, has spent the last decade learning how to be an effective prepper. If a major disaster happens — in her city, her country, or the world — Tyler wants to have everything she'd need to survive on her own. Contrary to popular belief, not all preppers are religious folks preparing for an apocalyptic doomsday.

Who should be responsible for replacing Pittsburgh’s lead water pipes?

Jude Vachon bought her “sweet little two-bedroom house” in Lawrenceville in 2009. It’s the first place she’s ever owned. Her home, which she shares with her dog Charlie and cat Bedelia (like Amelia Bedelia), used to give Vachon, 52, a sense of security and safety. But after getting a “nerve-racking” letter from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority [PWSA] about lead, she requested a test kit to check her home’s pipes. Scratching the pipes revealed a soft, dull gray metal.
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Here's Why 13 People Are Hanging Off A Bridge In Portland Right Now

At around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning (July 29), 13 Greenpeace activists rappelled from the St. John Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Their mission was to block the passage of a Shell oil icebreaker, which is a ship that’s used as a critical piece of equipment for drilling. The climbers now hang suspended from hammocks and roped together, blocking the ship from returning to the Arctic. These activists are determined to stop companies from drilling in the region, which poses threats to indigenous people and wildlife.
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Human Feces, Garbage And Dead Fish Are Taking Over The 2016 Olympic Waterways

When the AP first conducted tests on the waterways slated to be used for swimming, rowing, canoeing and sailing events in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, they found concentrated levels of untreated human waste and disease-causing pathogens. Now, in spite of the Brazilian government’s continued promises to clean up their act, further testing has revealed that the extent of the pollution is even worse — like, a lot worse — than experts previously thought.
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We Answered The Question, 'I Feel Guilty About Climate Change, But It's So F--king Hot -- Can I Turn On The AC?'

For the environmentally-conscious among us, the onset of summer can induce panic: “Am I just being a baby, or is it definitely hot enough to warrant turning on the AC?” “My hair is frizzy and I’m constantly drenched in sweat — is four showers a day too many?” “OMFG it’s so hot — MUST I CHOOSE BETWEEN ME OR THE PLANET DYING OF OVERHEATING?”
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Polar Bears Gonna Party Hard Tonight -- Shell Just Announced It Will Stop Drilling In Alaska

Environmental activists have been going HAM trying to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic for years now. They’ve staged protests, petitioned the President, and enlisted the help of Robert Redford. In July, a group of thirteen Greenpeace activists even dangled off a bridge in Portland for over 24 hours to stop a Shell drilling rig en route to Alaska from leaving the port.
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Will These 'Selfie-Crazed' Tourists Be The Death Of Sea Turtles?

Olive ridley sea turtles are magically adorable, but they’re disappearing — their numbers have dwindled to half of what they were in the 1960’s. And now, thanks to mobs of “selfie-crazed” tourists who showed up to take obnoxious selfies of themselves frolicking with, picking up, and even putting their kids on top of the poor little turtles as they were coming ashore to lay their eggs in Costa Rica, we’re likely to have even fewer of them in the world.
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