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Summer 2017

volume 32 no 2
Summer 2017 cover

From the Editor

For many people in the United States, prisons are invisible. How is this possible, given that the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with more than 2.3 million people behind bars?

The answer is that prison, as an institution, relies on its own invisibility – its ability to disappear human beings.

Prisons are often stowed away in isolated rural areas and small towns. A large number of people in this country, particularly those who aren’t part of the communities most impacted by incarceration, simply avert their eyes. As activist …more


Toxic Prisons
Mass incarceration in the US is hurting the environment and prisoners.
Crisis Among the Palms
The financial vehicles that many of us rely on are increasingly investing in the destructive palm oil industry.
Kenya’s Energy Quandary
A geothermal power development blitz in Kenya shows that renewable energy isn’t always sustainable.
Feedback: Letters and Emails
Talking Points: Local News from All Over
Digging Deeper: Better Living Through Chemistry?
Earth Island Reports: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves
The Wild Oyster Project
Earth Island Reports: Hope for a New Trade Agenda
California Trade Justice Coalition
1,000 Words: Life on Ice
Paul Nicklen
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Stories: The Butterfly Effect
Habitat and endangered species restoration programs in Oregon's prisons are helping inmates find new purpose in life.
Conversation: “Scientists Make the Best Advocates”
Lori Marino
Stories: Forecast: Uncertain
Trapped between two big climate polluters, Myanmar is already being battered by the worst impacts of global warming. But it has limited capacity to adapt
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In Review: Flights of Fancy
Audubon, On the Wings of the World
By Fabien Grolleau and Jérémie Royer
Nobrow Press, 2017, 184 pages
In Review: The Benefits of Biophilia
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
By Florence Williams
WW Norton & Company, 2017, 290 Pages
Voices: No Regrets



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