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The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorites from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: Where in the World is Narnia, the Sochi Olympics Orca? Laura Bridgeman of EII’s International Marine Mammal Project writes about the mysterious disappearance of two captive killer whales that were slated to perform at the Winter Olympics.

Editors’ Pick:

American Petroleum Institute Kept Tabs on Enviros. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman reports on how API paid for information on which environmental groups might be out to “attack” them.

Thursday February 13, 2014

Storytelling for Change

Join Earth Island Journal in San Francisco on March 5 for a provocative discussion between author-activist Rebecca Solnit and online impresario Annie Leonard about how we can create stories that spark social change for a green and fair society. Details here.

Thursday February 13, 2014

The Power of a Fluorescent Mouse

EII project Raptors Are The Solution has been using the incredible beauty of raptors to get out the message that by using rat poison we’re killing off one of the best solutions for keeping rodents in check. Volunteers are donating designs and posters for RATS’ Facebook page. One of the most popular posters, by the design firm Sparkly Pony, shows an owl holding a poisoned, fluorescent green mouse. The image has gone viral, with over 363,500 Facebook shares! Check out and share these great images and help RATS spread the word about harmful rodenticides.

Thursday January 30, 2014

Ask EPA to Help End Food Waste

The US throws away up to 40 percent of the food it produces. But there is a way to reduce this. A special US EPA taskforce has created Food: Too Good to Waste, a comprehensive toolkit to help communities reduce the amount of food they waste. All we need now is for the EPA to approve it! Please sign and share this petition by EII’s Food Shift urging the EPA to help end food waste.

Thursday January 30, 2014

Apply for the Brower Youth Award

Applications for EII’s 15th Annual Brower Youth Award for environmental leadership will be available online on February 3 on the BYA website. The award honors six young North Americans, ages 13 to 22, for outstanding environmental activism. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 12. If you have questions about eligibility or would like advice on your application, please contact Anisha Desai.

Thursday January 30, 2014

Outdoor Gear Extravaganza

Want to upgrade your outdoor gear library without busting your budget? Visit EII’s Bay Area Wilderness Training at its gear library in Oakland, CA, on February 18 and 20 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and score some quality used outdoor equipment. Items include: backpacks, sleeping bags and pads, winter/summer outdoors clothing, casualwear, and more. Suggested donations will vary depending on the item. All proceeds benefit BAWT.

Thursday January 30, 2014

Open Season on California Coyotes

Residents in Modoc County, CA are quietly preparing for their eighth annual coyote-killing spree during the February 7-8 weekend. After a furor over last year’s event, contest sponsors, Adin Supply Company and the Pit River Rod and Gun Club, are no longer promoting the annual “Big Valley Coyote Drive.” Rather, they are trying to keep opponents from finding out about it. Join EII’s Project Coyote in calling on Califorina to prohibit predator-killing contests statewide by signing this change.org petition.

Thursday January 30, 2014

Unacceptable Levels for Earth Island

Join us at the Piedmont Theater in Oakland, CA on February 25 for a screening of Unacceptable Levels, an award-winning documentary about the synthetic chemicals that are poisoning our bodies. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Earth Island’s associate director Kevin Connelly, who appears in the film. Proceeds from this special screening will benefit Earth Island Institute. Tickets have to be purchased in advance. Show us some love and get them now! Details here.

Thursday January 30, 2014

A Black History Orchard

EII’s Bay Localize and People’s Grocery will be planting 15 new fruit trees – apples, lemons, figs, and more – at the California Hotel Garden in Oakland on February 1 to kick off Black History Month, and you are invited to join! Each tree will be named after a Black or Brown farmer or food justice activist. Not just historical figures, but local family and friends, too. The daytime event, starting at 10 a.m., will include a free BBQ and gardening activities for all ages. Feel free to bring a dish to share! RSVP here.

Thursday January 30, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorites from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: Taiji Dolphin Slaughter Generates Worldwide Condemnation. Laura Bridgeman of EII’s International Marine Mammal Project writes about the ongoing dolphin hunt in Japan that in one day alone resulted in the slaughter of two dozen dolphins and the capture of 250 more, including a rare albino calf.

Editors’ Pick: Fracking is Shaking the Earth in Texas. Sharon Wilson of the watchdog group Earthworks writes that when Texans say “no” to oil and gas development, it’s a sign that times are a-changin’.

Thursday January 30, 2014

Another Coyote Killing Contest

Yet another predator-killing contest is being held, this time in Crane, OR. The "Eighth Annual JMK Coyote Hunting Contest," scheduled for this weekend, has advertised no geographic restrictions for its hunt. Under pressure from the public and conservation groups, including EII's Project Coyote and allies, the US Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service have taken steps to ensure that this commercial event cannot take place on public lands. This will spare many coyotes from an untimely death. But the hunting contest will still proceed on private lands. Please speak out against this indefensible killing contest.

Thursday January 16, 2014

Stories From the Sea

EII’s Shark Stewards is starting 2014 documenting shark camps, the fin trade, and impacts on great white sharks from gill net fisheries in Baja, California. Project director David McGuire will be traveling to the Baja whale lagoons to study the California gray whale population that has risen from less than 1,000 during the whaling days to nearly 20,000 today, and has been removed from the Endangered Species List. Its comeback offers a glimmer of hope for imperiled marine species, from leatherback sea turtles to hammerhead sharks, that have not been so fortunate. Follow McGuire’s stories on the Shark Stewards blog.

Thursday January 16, 2014

Standing with the Watershed Reception

EII’s WhollyH2O and RIM: River In Motion Education Center invite you to the closing reception of “Standing with the Watershed,” an art exhibit celebrating the Tuolumne River watershed at the Sherwood Gallery in San Francisco on January 30. The event will include storytellers who will talk about Tuolumne watershed and the Rim Fire. Artwork from the show will be on sale — 40 percent of the proceeds will go to Wholly H2O. If you can’t make it to the closing reception, stop by any time from today through January 30. The exhibit is open daily from noon to 5 p.m.

Thursday January 16, 2014

New Report on Post-Fire Logging

EII’s John Muir Project and the Center for Biological Diversity published a new report last week that outlines the important ecological benefits of last summer’s Rim Fire in Northern California and exposes how a US Forest Service plan to allow 30,000 acres of logging in the burned area will cause significant harm. Nourished by Wildfire: The Ecological Benefits of the Rim Fire and the Threat of Salvage Logging (pdf) explains how fires are natural and essential for maintaining biological diversity in the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

Thursday January 16, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal:

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

Most Popular: Ghost Fishing Nets: Invisible Killers in the Oceans Journal intern Jacob Shea writes about environmental groups’ efforts to clear the oceans of abandoned fishing nets and traps that maim and kill hundreds of marine animals.

Editors’ Pick: Secretary Jewell Targets Nature Deficit Disorder. Journal editor Jason Mark explains why the Department of Interior’s “Twenty-first Century Conservation Corps” program could be the start of something potentially big.

Thursday January 16, 2014

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