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Autumn 2017

volume 32 no 3
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From the Editor

A simple loaf of bread can cost more than $800 in Venezuela today.

I haven’t been able to push this absurd, disturbing figure out of my mind ever since our art director pointed it out as we were working on this issue of the Journal. Somehow, that one telling detail seemed to embody the turbulent situation in Venezuela right now.

The South American nation’s petrodollar-dependent economy has been in a tailspin since 2014, when global oil prices began falling. Acute shortages of food and medicine have triggered a political and humanitarian crisis that’s …more


Contents

Cuba Verde
As the long-isolated Caribbean nation opens up to global markets, will its low-carbon ecological adaptations endure?
Arc of Desperation
Venezuela’s decision to open up the Orinoco Belt to mining threatens the Amazon rainforest.
Pachamama’s Blood
Ecuador’s Sápara people are developing strategies to fend off the dual threats of oil development and climate change.
Stories: Heavy Metal
The debate over how to regulate lead ammunition is heating up in Oregon.
Conversation: “We’re All in the Same Boat”
Mustafa Ali
Stories: An Unraveling Web
Along the California coast, first responders and researchers work tirelessly to rescue marine mammals from a life-threatening toxin.
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In Review: Working with Nature
Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health
By Emily Monosson
Island Press, 2017, 200 pages
In Review: A Western Love Story
Because It Is So Beautiful: Unraveling the Mystique of the American West
By Robert Leonard Reid
Counterpoint Press, 2017, 308 pages
Voices: Inaction Isn’t An Option

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