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Autumn 2016

volume 31 no 3
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From the Editor

It’s peak wildfire season in the American West. As I write this, firefighters are battling twenty-six active fires across eight of the thirteen Western states, including five in California, where a prolonged drought and extreme summer heat have turned forestlands into tinderboxes waiting for a light. So far, four civilian and two firefighter deaths have been reported and thousands of homes have been evacuated. As the fire season stretches on into fall, more grim news may be in the offing.

As is usual, the fires were quickly followed by another annual ritual: Officials …more


Contents

The War Against Wildfire
Forests in the American West have been shaped by fires. So why do we continue to fight them?
Borderlands Cat
Can Mexico Save the US Jaguar?
Life Beyond Coal
Can a tiny Australian coal town reinvent itself?
Feedback: Letters and Emails
Talking Points: Local News from All Over
Digging Deeper: Will the Real Litterbug Please Stand Up?
Earth Island Reports: Our Dear Friend, Mark Berman
Earth Island Reports: New Leaders Initiative
Meet the 17th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners
Generating Controversy
Biomass energy has been drawing increasing scrutiny in recent years.
1,000 Words: Sculpting Hope
Courtney Mattison
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Stories: In the Pipeline’s Path
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one among several projects threatening rural Appalachian landscapes and communities.
Conversation: Climate Evangelist
Bob Inglis
Stories: To Keep a River Running
Deep in the Amazon’s central basin, one tribe is holding back the seemingly inexorable march of development.
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In Review: Cross-Country Cougar
Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America
By William Stolzenburg
Bloomsbury, 2016, 256 pages
In Review: True Grit
Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting
the Future of Our Planet
By Peter Wilcox (with Ronald B. Weiss)
Thomas Dunne Books, 2016, 314 pages
Voices: Something Greater Than Myself

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