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The Best of Earth Island Journal

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

Most Popular: A Very Different Kind of GMO is Headed to Supermarket Shelves. Reporter Paul Koberstein explains that little is known about the environmental and public health impacts of these new crops coming are way that are created using a technology called RNAi

Editors' Pick: Rhino Calves Orphaned by Poaching Suffer PTSD. Photojournalists couple Steve and Ann Toon write about how South African conservationists are increasing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate orphans.

Thursday August 20, 2015

A Conversation with Writer Susan Casey

Join Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project for a conversation with The New York Times bestselling writer, Susan Casey, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA on September 9. Casey traveled with IMMP's dolphin team members to both Taiji and the Solomon Islands and featured their campaign work in her new book on dolphins, Voices in the Ocean. To meet with Casey at the pre-event reception, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The main event is free to the public but you do need to RSVP as the seats fill up fast. Details here.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Offsetting Emissions, Saving Forests

In July, a well-known farmer?s street market in Mexico City, El Bonito Tianguis, signed on to the Carbon Neutral Planet program developed by EII project Viva Sierra Gorda and its partners. The market's organizers have committed to offsetting the miles travelled by the 45 farmers who offer their produce to city-dwellers, and encourage their clientele to offset their travel miles as well. Together the farmers were emitting up to 20 tons of carbon every time they trucked to the market and back. Check out the program's carbon emissions calculators for travel, events, and household energy use.

Thursday August 6, 2015

Victory: California Bans Bobcat Trapping

In a major victory for wildlife advocates, this week the California Fish and Game Commission voted to end the trapping of bobcats, becoming the first state in the nation to do so. Bobcats are being increasingly targeted by trappers due to growing demand for their pelts in the international fur market. A single bobcat pelt can sell for up to $1,000. Prior to the comission's vote, EII's Project Coyote hand delivered a petition with nearly 30,000 signatures supporting the ban. "The commission's vote is historic. It will help protect California's native bobcats and it shows California's national leadership in wildlife protection," says project director Camilla Fox.

Thursday August 6, 2015

Help Save Armenia’s Brown Bears

The Armenian Environmental Network recently launched a campaign to get the Armenian government take action against the illegal trapping of brown bears. Although bear trapping and hunting is illegal in the country, the bruins are often caught and displayed in cages in restaurants, hotels and other privately-owned facilities throughout Armenia. Bear cubs too, are sold or given away as gifts. There are about 60 bears currently in captivity in the country. Support the Earth Island project's efforts to save Armenia's brown bear population. Sign this petition.

Thursday August 6, 2015

A Reprieve for Borneo Sharks

EII's Shark Stewards, which is currently working in Borneo to save Malaysia's sharks, has scored an important victory: the local government has announced it will not serve shark fin soup at official functions. The project, which is a member of the Sabah Shark Protection Alliance, is working to create marine protected areas in Malaysia and to stop trafficking in shark fins.

Thursday August 6, 2015

The Best of Earth Island Journal

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

Most Popular: Tick Populations Booming. Reporter John Soltes writes about how our warming world is helping ticks spread farther north, harming dogs and humans.

Editors' Pick: Tempest in a Green Bin. Journal editor Jason Mark explains how the uproar over increased compost and recycling fees in Oakland, CA illustrates the challenges of achieving a zero-waste goal.

Thursday August 6, 2015

Keep Single-Use Plastic Bottles Out of Parks

The bottled water industry has long been selling water in single-use plastic bottles at the concession stands in our national parks. But in 2012, free water stations were installed at Grand Canyon National Park. Since then, more than 20 other national parks have done the same. Now the bottled water industry is fighting back by pushing a small, last-minute amendment to a House spending bill that prohibits parks from eliminating the sale of water in disposable plastic bottles. Join EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition in telling Congress that it can't force visitors to buy their drinking water. Sign this petition today.

Thursday August 6, 2015

RSVP Now for the Annual BYA

Join Earth Island Institute on Tuesday, October 20 for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards – the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America. EII is thrilled to present this annual event honoring bold, young leaders in the newly restored Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Support EII's work to grow environmental leadership by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee or by purchasing a ticket for the special Opening Reception. You can also RSVP for the free BYA Awards Ceremony here. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Thursday August 6, 2015

Keep Single-Use Plastic Bottles Out of Parks

The bottled water industry has long been selling water in single-use plastic bottles at the concession stands in our national parks. But in 2012, free water stations were installed at the Grand Canyon National Park, and since then, more than 20 other national parks have done the same. Now the bottled water industry is fighting back by pushing a small, last-minute amendment to a House spending bill that prohibits parks from eliminating the sale of water in disposable plastic bottles. Join EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition in telling Congress that it can't force visitors to buy their drinking water. Sign this petition today.

Thursday July 23, 2015

Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires

Chad Hanson, director of EII's John Muir Project has co-authored an op-ed in The New York Times today criticizing a measure passed by House Republicans (as well as another similar bill before the Senate) that "all but gives away public forests to logging companies." The op-ed also highlights the ecological importance of forest fires and explains how increasing logging isn't going to stop wildfires.

Thursday July 23, 2015

Film on Zero Waste

Join Earth Island at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA on August 6 for a special screening of Racing to Zero, an upbeat documentary that tracks San Francisco's efforts to achieve zero waste by 2020 and presents new solutions to the global garbage problem. Meet with the filmmakers and the Earth Island community at the pre-screening reception, which will include hearty appetizers, drinks, and reserved seating for the 7 p.m. film — all for only $25. Ticketing details here.

Thursday July 23, 2015

Peter Coyote Speaks for Wildlife

Sometimes we need a strong voice to speak up for the wild. In June, actor, conservationist, Zen Buddhist priest and Project Coyote Advisory Board member Peter Coyote penned a powerful op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle calling out the federal government's USDA Wildlife Services program for the needless killing of more 1 million coyotes since 2000. Coyote calls for predator-friendly ranching practices. Learn about what EII's Project Coyote is doing to address this federally subsidized war on wildlife here.

Thursday July 23, 2015

RSVP Now for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards

Join Earth Island Institute on Tuesday, October 20 for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards - the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America. EII is thrilled to present this annual event honoring bold, young leaders in the newly restored Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Support EII's work to grow environmental leadership by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee or by purchasing a ticket for the special Opening Reception. You can also RSVP for the free BYA Awards Ceremony here. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Thursday July 23, 2015

Saving Sharks in Borneo

EII's Shark Stewards is returning to Malaysian Borneo to take part in a national campaign to stop trafficking of shark fins and help create marine protected areas. As a member of the Sabah Shark Alliance, Shark Stewards will also help organize a national week of action by divers and businesses to save sabah sharks, manta rays and coral reef ecosystems in the region. Project director David McGuire will be diving with sharks and reporting about his experiences online on the National Geographic's Ocean Views site.

Thursday July 23, 2015

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