Laura Kiesel

Laura Kiesel is a Boston-based freelance writer, editor and consultant specializing in the fields of climate/environment, energy, health, education and wage/labor issues. In addition to writing for The Street and Main Street, Laura's articles have also recently appeared in The Guardian, Al-Jazeera America, BioScience, the New York Daily News, Salon, Earth Island Journal, and InsideClimateNews.com. She holds a Master's degree in natural resources and environmental policy from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor's in English and journalism from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

 

Recent Articles By The Author

Most Common Surgery in the U.S. For Women is Over-Prescribed

Most Common Surgery in the U.S. For Women is Over-Prescribed

New study finds one out of five hysterectomies performed in the nation may be unnecessary with costly results. Why aren't doctors discussing alternative treatments with their patients?

Dept. of Energy Releases New Standards for Fluorescent Lights

Dept. of Energy Releases New Standards for Fluorescent Lights

New standards for lighting in commercial buildings are expected to save the U.S. $15 billion over the next 15 years.

New York’s Ban on Fracking: Environmental Boon or Economic Bust…or Both?

New York’s Ban on Fracking: Environmental Boon or Economic Bust…or Both?

While environmental groups applaud the state’s recent decision to ban the controversial practice, business leaders are calling foul, saying it will hurt the New York economy.

Men and Women Define Success Differently: Who Cares About the Money?

Men and Women Define Success Differently: Who Cares About the Money?

A study on gifted individuals finds men place more value on career and income than women.

Why We Need More Women Sitting on Corporate Boards: The Economic X Factor

Why We Need More Women Sitting on Corporate Boards: The Economic X Factor

The Committee for Economic Development unveils a plan to have women represent 30% of board members in the U.S. by 2018

Many Americans Think that People Who Are Poor Deserve to Be

Many Americans Think that People Who Are Poor Deserve to Be

New poll finds one out of four people think people who are poor don't work hard enough.

Massachusetts Approves Sick Leave Law--Guarantees Some Businesses Paid Sick Time

Massachusetts Approves Sick Leave Law--Guarantees Some Businesses Paid Sick Time

The Commonwealth joins Connecticut and California as the third state in the nation to mandate paid sick leave.

Poor Kids Face Many Obstacles When They Try to Get Ahead--Even if They Go to College

Poor Kids Face Many Obstacles When They Try to Get Ahead--Even if They Go to College

New research finds children from poor families will have a tough time catching up to their more affluent peers, despite working hard and getting a college education.

Women Are Lied To More Often Than Men During Negotiations

Women Are Lied To More Often Than Men During Negotiations

According to a new study, women are targets of deceit at over quadruple the rate as men, which may make them more vulnerable during business deals.

Medical Debt Is Responsible for the Majority of Bankruptcy Claims in the U.S.

Medical Debt Is Responsible for the Majority of Bankruptcy Claims in the U.S.

Despite the preoccupation in the news with credit card debt, it is actually medical debt that is responsible for the majority of bankruptcy claims in the United States.