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Summer 2011

volume 26 no 2
Summer 2011 cover

From the Editor

The Endangered Species Act will turn 40 soon, and it’s experiencing something of a midlife crisis.

When he signed the ESA into law in 1973, President Nixon praised the act for protecting “an irreplaceable part of our national heritage – threatened wildlife.” At the time, the bald eagle was down to fewer than 500 breeding pairs. Other beloved species – the whooping crane, the gray whale, the peregrine falcon – were also on the brink of extinction. The new law provided legal protections for those animals as well as …more


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Twenty years ago, an extraordinary effort by environmentalists saved the northern spotted owl – or did it?
Cry, Wolf
How a Campaign of Fear and Intimidation Led to the Gray Wolf’s Removal from the Endangered Species List.
A House Divided
Louisianans, One Year After the Spill
Earth Island Reports: Sustainable World Coalition
New Book and Campaign
Earth Island Reports: New Earth Island Projects
Dispatches: Breaking Down Bioplastics
Is the Bioplastic Cup Half Full or Half Empty?
1,000 Words: Eye to Eye
Bryant Austin
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Dispatches: Call of the Wild
Dispatches: Murky Waters
Dispatches: Cat Eyes
The Eastern Cougar Has Been Declared Extinct. So Why Do Sightings of the Animal Persist?
+/–: Green Economy?
Do Carbon Offsets Work?
+/–: Nothing More than Hot Air
+/–: Fighting Climate Change with Forests
Conversation: Ric O’Barry
In Review: Plan B
HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
By Mark Hertsgaard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, 340 pages
In Review: The Most Dangerous Game
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
by John Vaillant
Knopf, 2010, 352 pages
In Review: Hunters and Gatherers
The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth
by Richard Conniff
WW Norton & Company, 2011, 464 pages
Voices: Fear of Flying



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