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Winter 2015

volume 29 no 4
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From the Editor

“Is altruism possible across species borders? And – the crucial question – can an entire species learn to shape its behavior, to its own cost, for the good of other species?” Those were some of the provocative queries posed by Verlyn Klinkenborg, a former member of The New York Times editorial board, in a recent online commentary. In his essay, Klinkenborg – who was writing about a disturbing new World Wildlife Fund report that estimates we humans have destroyed half of the world’s wildlife in the last 40 years (see page 5) – …more


Animals Are Persons, Too
We know more about the complex inner lives of animals than ever before. Are we ready to recognize their right to be free?
Drowned Heart
A Trip to Drought-Wracked Lake Powell Reveals the Lost Wonder of the “Cathedral in the Desert”
In 2012, congress passed a long-overdue reform of federal flood insurance. Two years later, it reversed itself. What happened?
Feedback: Letters and Emails
Talking Points: Local News from All Over
Digging Deeper: Smoke ‘Em Out: Time to Kick Big Oil from the Global Climate Talks
Earth Island Reports: Greenwash Action
Defending Real Sustainability Standards
What Is a Critter Worth?
On the value of wolves and eagles, ravens and squirrels
Evolution of an Idea
A timeline of thoughts on animals
1,000 Words: Leave No Trace
Martin Hill
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DC’s Poor Sandbagged in Flood Preparations
Conversation: Wendell Berry
Food Forest
In the Peruvian Amazon, Locally Managed Brazil Nut Forests Keep Deforestation at Bay
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After The Ax
Following decades of unbridled clear-cutting, a tiny Caribbean island begins its botanical comeback
In Review: No Time to Spare
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
By Naomi Klein
Simon & Schuster, 2014, 576 pages
Voices: Social Change Is Magic
Doorae Shin



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