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Time in the Wilderness Supplies Lessons for (Planetary) Survival – July 28, 2014

In celebration of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary

Ah, summertime — the season for getaways to the great outdoors. Maybe that means a lazy float trip down the Russian River, a weekend at the beach, or camping at the nearest state park. If you're especially intrepid, getting away might involve strapping on a pack and striking out into one of California's 149 designated wilderness areas.

John Muir Wilderness Area Photo by V.H.S./FlickrThe United States has more land protected as wilderness than any other country. Yet the
wilderness ideal is also experiencing unprecedented challenges.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act. The watershed law established a legal… more

by: Jason Mark

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In Review: Snowpiercer – July 19, 2014

No, it’s not another climate change dystopia flick. It’s the first geoengineering dystopia flick

The end of the world won’t be prophesied by the feverish nightmares of the Book of Revelations, but instead by the apocalyptic fantasias of Hollywood.

Movie directors just can’t seem to get enough of crafting stylish dystopias. Doomsday is its own genre by now and, as New Yorker film critic David Denby quips: “In movies, the death of a single person is still a tragedy; the death of the human race is entertainment.” Or, at least, a convenient backdrop. A screenwriter or director rubs out humanity and voilà — a perfect blank slate for crafting the kind of action-packed, outsized morality tales that can fill a theater.

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by: Jason Mark

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EPA’s New Regulations to Cut Carbon Emissions Are Obamacare for the Air – June 2, 2014

Just like health care, the plan to change the energy industry relies on a complex set of rules that harnesses the power of the marketplace — and it will be as controversial

Environmentally concerned voters will finally get what they paid for by giving their political support to President Obama when, Monday morning in Washington, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy unveils the draft of sweeping new regulations on existing power plants.

a coal power plant in New MexicoPhoto by Glennia/FlickrIf a state fails to submit a plan for lowering emissions from its power plants, the EPA has the authority to impose one — a scenario most states will choose to avoid.

Environmentalists’ relationship with the White House during the last six years has been a swirl of big hopes and harsh disappointments. When it comes… more

by: Jason Mark

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Annie Leonard to Take the Helm at Greenpeace USA – May 6, 2014

Story of Stuff founder demonstrates a “fierce love” for people and the planet

Annie Leonard – the creative force behind The Story of Stuff video series and currently Earth Island Journal’s “Material World” columnist – has been chosen as the new executive director of Greenpeace-USA, the organization is announcing today.

The pairing seems a perfect match. Leonard, 49, has a unique talent for translating complex policy issues into plain language that connects with a large audience. Her series of online videos – including The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Electronics, even a Story of Citizens United – have been viewed more than 40 million times. With its history of iconic, in-your-face protests, Greenpeace has distinguished itself as an organization with… more

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NY Attorney Wins Goldman Environmental Prize for Her Pioneering Work Against Gas Fracking – April 28, 2014

The story behind Helen Slottje’s legal strategy that has the gas industry on the defensive

When Helen Slottje quit her high-powered, well-paying job at a corporate law firm in Boston and moved to Ithaca to be with her new husband, David, she was hoping to make a quiet new life for herself amid the bucolic scenery of upstate New York. For a while everything went according to plan. She helped out at David’s family business. She began meditating. She adopted a vegetarian diet. It was a real shift, she says, to go “from corporate lawyer to … having a better quality of life.”

Helen Slotjee sititng outdoorsPhotos courtesy Goldman AwardsSlottje's efforts to halt the natural gas rush near her new… more

by: Jason Mark

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