• photo of a lion, the hills of Hollywood and the Hollywood sign behindAn LA Story
    In the hills near Hollywood, a lone mountain lion is challenging us to prove that humans and wildlife can coexist.
    by Miguel Ordeñana
  • artwork depicting a person on a hill, set on a folded piece of paperFinding Time for Our Parks
    We are visiting more parks but spending less time in them. What does this mean for the future of our wild spaces?
    by John de Graaf
  • photo of the night sky, with the shadow of a stone monolith silhouettedSacred Lands
    The NPS’s efforts to help tribes access sacred sites within national parks is a work in progress.
    by Dorothy FireCloud
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Latest News

American Farmers Are Struggling to Feed the Country’s Appetite for Organic Food

Consumer appetite for organic food reached $13.4 bn in the US last year, but only 1 percent of cropland is dedicated to organic farming

Marc Garibaldi, a farmer in California’s Central Valley, no longer uses conventional pesticides and fertilizers because he doesn’t want to work with toxic chemicals at his 40-acre cherry orchard. His farm was officially certified as organic a few weeks ago, but the…
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Oil Spills in the Sky

Looking back at a 1997 Earth Island Journal report on pollution from the airline industry

On July 25, CBS News joined the rest of the mainstream media to acknowledge mounting concerns over atmospheric pollution from jet aircraft. "The government has found that jet engine exhaust is adding to climate change and endangering human health, and needs to…
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Could London Become the World’s First National Park City?

Popularity of the idea reflects growing understanding that built environments are a part of the natural world too

The emerging explorer and guerrilla photographer for National Geographic, Daniel Raven-Ellison, wants to make London a National Park City. He came up with the idea after visiting the United Kingdom’s 15 national parks in 2013. During the tour he realized a very…
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Animal Welfare Groups Push US to Classify All Leopards as Endangered

Raising the protection level for leopards would severely curb hunters’ ability to import body parts as trophies

Conservationists have demanded a crackdown on the import to the US of leopards killed by American hunters, in an attempt to replicate the protections introduced in the wake of the furor caused by the death of famed lion Cecil. Photo by Scott…
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Squeezed for Space in the Vast Arctic

Saami reindeer herders hard-pressed by the conflux of rapid climate change and rapid human development

Where are you camped?” asks Mikkel Sara, an elderly Saami reindeer herder as I sit with him watching his family’s herd of some 2,000 reindeer graze. “On Rypefjell,” I reply. “Aha. On the Northwest end of the lake, in a shallow dug…
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One Man’s Legal Quest to Change How We View Animals

In Review: Unlocking the Cage

Given that I’ve written in great detail about Steven Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project’s efforts to get some animals recognized as “persons,” the basic premise and much of the convoluted legal gymnastics showcased in Unlocking the Cage were not new to…
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When it Comes to GMOs, the Devil is in the Details

Unresolved safety questions about gene-editing technologies underscore need for caution

While expressing support for the watered-down GMO labeling bill, which was passed by Congress last week and is now awaiting President Obama’s signature, White House spokeswoman Katie Hill told Bloomberg News: "While there is broad consensus that foods from genetically engineered crops…
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Voices

Betty Reid-Soskin
The National Park Service’s oldest ranger sees herself as an “evolving person in an evolving nation in an evolving universe.”
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Jordan Fisher Smith
Author and former wilderness ranger talks about the implications of our efforts to engineer nature.
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Jose Gonzalez
The founder of Latino Outdoors describes his path to finding his role as an ambicultural leader
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Rue Mapp
Outdoor Afro founder shares how African Americans have a deep, intergenerational connection to nature and the outdoors.
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Lynnea Shuck
The former Brower Youth Award winner ruminates on how spending time outdoors allows us to connect not only with the natural world, but with each other as well.
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Current Issue

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Where the Wild Things Are

We can no longer think of our cities or towns as exempt from the natural world – or as off limits to wildlife
By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

The Making of a National Park

Why locals want Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument to become the nation’s next national park
By Jackie Dishner

Room for More

There is no better time to put forward a bold vision of an expanded national park system
By Michael Kellett

Afterword: Doug Tompkins

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