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The Best of the Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: Media Bias for Biomass Energy? Josh Schlossberg investigates unbalanced media coverage of biomass energy in the US, examining why many media outlets fail to mention the negative environmental and health impacts of this alternative fuel source.

Editors’ Pick: Revealed: FBI Violated Its Own Rules While Spying on Keystone XL Opponents. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman exposes that the FBI failed to get the necessary approval before cultivating informants and opening files on Keystone XL protesters in Texas.  

Thursday May 14, 2015

Don’t Miss Gemma Bulos on the Bay Area’s ABC7 News!

On May 10, Gemma Bulos, executive director of EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative, will appear on the Emmy award-winning community affairs TV program Beyond the Headlines, hosted by ABC7/KGO Anchor Cheryl Jennings. Joined by Mills College President Alecia DeCoudreaux, Bulos will talk about Women, Water and the World on this special Mother’s Day show. Tune in to ABC7/KGO at 4:30 pm PDT, May 10!

Thursday April 30, 2015

Give Big to Safe Food and Fertilizer

EII’s Safe Food and Fertilizer (SFF) is participating in the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG fundraising event! All donations made through the GiveBIG website between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on May 5 are eligible for prorated matching funds. Your donation will help SFF continue its work to end the application of sewage sludge to Washington state forests and farmland. This is a one-day event, so mark your calendars and GiveBIG on May 5!

Thursday April 30, 2015

Final Performance of the Planet Earth New Play Festival

Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII’s Sustainable World Coalition, presents the final performance of its Spring 2015 Planet Earth New Play Festival this Friday, May 1. SF Weekly called this powerful evening of bold stage readings by the Bay Area’s finest actors, “Amazing…a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language.” The play will begin at 8 p.m. at the University of California, Berkeley Wheeler Auditorium. Additional details here.

Thursday April 30, 2015

Shark Stewards Co-Founds New Alliance to Protect Sharks in Borneo

EII’s Shark Stewards recently helped launch the Sabah Shark Alliance to protect Malaysian sharks and rays in the waters of Borneo. Malaysia is home to more than 62 species of sharks and rays, which are under threat from overfishing, habitat loss, and the shark fin trade. Studies show that over one-third of large oceanic shark species in Malaysia are threatened with extinction. The Sabah Shark Alliance is developing an action plan to tackle this pressing issue.

Thursday April 30, 2015

John Muir Project Launches New Website

EII’s John Muir Project is excited to announce the launch of its new website at www.johnmuirproject.org. The new site chronicles all of the project’s endeavors, including a recently filed petition to list the California spotted owl as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Check out the new website to learn more about, and support John Muir Project’s work!

Thursday April 30, 2015

Potential Spoonbill Habitat left out of Japan park plan

In January, the Port & Harbor Bureau in Fukuoka City, Japan revealed its final plan for a proposed 12-hectare wild bird park. The plan ignores extensive ecological information submitted by EII’s SAVE International and researchers from Fukuoka University. By emphasizing recreation over habitat values, the designers missed an important opportunity to provide habitat for the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill and several other species of migratory shorebirds. Find more information here.

Thursday April 30, 2015

The Best of the Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: The Technofix Is In. Journal contributor Clive Hamilton takes on An Ecomodernist Manifesto for its “techno-fetishism" and failure to acknowledge the political forces at work in the battle over climate.

Editors’ Pick: Getting Past Scientized Scrutiny. Maywa Montenegro De Wit and Alastair Iles argue that reporting on food and agriculture often treats science as a singular source of truth, misapprehending how to read and report risk.

Thursday April 30, 2015

Earth Day Festivities

Join Earth Island Institute this Saturday, April 18, for Earth Day at the Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley, CA! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, family art activities, and delicious organic food — all focused on protecting and honoring the planet we call home. You won’t want to miss the live artmaking projects or the creative reuse and garden tool fix-it workshops! There will also be live music throughout the day, with an impressive lineup that includes Country Joe McDonald, and Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands. The festivities will take place from 12pm-6pm in the Brower Center and on Allston Way. Get additional details and RSVP here!

Thursday April 16, 2015

Planet Earth New Play Festival

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII’s Sustainable World Coalition, will present Planet Earth New Play Festival. The festival will include five free performances at Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley starting April 22. SF Weekly called this powerful evening of bold staged readings by the Bay Area’s finest actors, “Amazing...a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language.” Details here.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Earth Day Summit Webcast

On April 22, tune into the Earth Day Summit webcast, a free online event. The 9-hour live Summit will feature indigenous ceremony, performance videos, inspiring short films, and conversations with luminaries including Barbara Marx Hubbard, Andrew Harvey, Chief Phil Lane Jr., Charles Eisenstein, and many more. The Summit webcast is co-produced by EII’s Sustainable World Coalition and can be attended via phone or web. Learn more and register here.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Help Support EII’s Diverse Community of Environmental Leaders

Help Support EII’s Diverse Community of Environmental Leaders

Earth Island projects have impact around the globe, advancing the causes of wildlife protection, climate change mitigation, environmental education, indigenous rights, and community resilience, among many more. At the core of our efforts to nurture this work is the Project Support Program, which provides assistance to grassroots groups with everything from administration, to capacity building, to peer support. Read Project Support Director Susan Kamprath’s letter to supporters to learn more about how we empower our diverse community of passionate individuals to make a difference for a sustainable future. And please make a tax-deductible donation to help Earth Island Institute continue to provide grassroots environmental leaders with the tools they need to protect our shared planet.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Women of H2Ope Award Ceremony

Join EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative on Wednesday, April 22 for its first ever Women of H2Ope award ceremony. The award honors women who are changing the course of water management and use in Africa. This year’s honorees are Hajra Mukasa, GWWI’s Uganda team leader, and Jan Hartsough, GWWI cofounder and director of Crabgrass. The event will be held at Galvanize in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. RSVP here.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Victory for Wildlife in Mendocino!

In response to legal pressure from EII’s Project Coyote and allies, Mendocino County, CA officials recently agreed to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as USDA Wildlife Services. As part of the settlement agreement, Camilla Fox, Project Coyote’s founder and executive director, will present nonlethal options to the Mendocino Board of Supervisors on May 5, and will emphasize the success of a nonlethal approach in Marin County. Since 1996, Wildlife Services has shot, poisoned, and strangled by snare more than 27 million native animals, including more than three million animals in 2014 alone.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Federal Government Upholds State Shark Fin Bans

EII’s Shark Stewards enjoyed a big victory earlier this month when NOAA upheld the language of the California Shark Fin Ban along with bans in eight other states where Shark Stewards has worked to ban the fin trade. NOAA had previously suggested that federal fisheries laws might preempt these state bans. In another victory, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill this week to ban the shark fin trade, and the proposal will now head to the Texas Senate.

Thursday April 16, 2015

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