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  • photo of a group of elephants in a grasslandThe End for Elephants?
    Gangsters use poachers to make a killing in the ivory trade. What can stop the bloodshed?
    By Tristan McConnell
  • photo of many ivory figurinesSmooth Operators
    Southeast Asia is a haven for ivory smugglers. For now, government efforts to stop the flow of contraband fall short.
    By Mike Ives
  • photo of a coastal seaweed farmBlue Revolution
    Entrepreneurs are hailing seaweed as a potential “miracle crop.” Could seaweed
    farming help lift coastal communities out of poverty?
    By Michael Holtz
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Latest News

Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute

California Parks are urging campers to clean up after themselves, in a novel effort to protect the endangered marbled murrelet

When campers register at the headquarters of Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, they receive the usual trail map and, for the past couple years, instructions on how to be “crumb clean” and why this matters…
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Obama’s Clean Power Plan Hailed as US’ Strongest Ever Climate Action

Hundreds of businesses including eBay and Nestle back federal rules to cut emissions and switch away from coal to clean energy

Hundreds of businesses including eBay, Nestle and General Mills have issued their support for Barack Obama’s clean power plan, billed as the strongest action ever on climate change by a US president. The rules, announced on Monday, are designed to cut emissions…
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“Hope Is the Thing with Feathers”

Western burrowing owls have found sanctuary on the grounds of a California prison, providing inspiration for the women inside.

Once a month, I facilitate a meditation group at a women’s prison in California. I leave my cell phone, cash, and lipstick in the car—inside, they’re contraband—and take with me only pens and paper. As I walk towards the prison, small ground-dwelling…
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Evidence at TransCanada’s Keystone XL Permit Renewal Hearing Sheds Light On Serious Pipeline risks

Just because TransCanada continually states that the Keystone XL pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built, doesn’t mean it is true. The company’s pipeline construction record is facing intense scrutiny in America’s heartland, where many see no justifiable rationale to risk…
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Warning: Industry Spin Likely Bad For Your Health and the Environment

Big food and ag companies are spending hundreds of millions to manipulate the public conversation about food

Beware the amicable folks on trendy blogs or slick web sites who promise to restore common sense or set the record straight about GMOs or organic food. They get paid to dupe the public. Record growth of organic, non-genetically modified food sales…
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Tempest in a Green Bin

Uproar over compost and recycling fees in Oakland illustrates challenges of achieving a zero-waste goal

When Oakland restaurateur Gail Lillian received her July compost bill for her food truck and brick and mortar restaurant, Liba Falafel, she was shocked by the dollar figure. Lillian was expecting to see some increase in her waste disposal bill. She had…
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Major San Francisco Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings

Builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century

By Kevin Stark, Winifred Bird and Michael Stoll Like every body of water that opens onto a global ocean, San Francisco Bay is virtually guaranteed to rise several feet in coming decades, climate scientists say. But that has not deterred real estate…
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Voices

Robert Bullard
The father of the environmental justice movement discusses how the movement developed and where it is headed.
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Scientists Are Citizens, Too
Why one scientist started speaking out about climate change.
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The Ivory Market
Keep it closed, or open it up?
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Readers Poll
What do you think: Would a legal ivory trade help protect elephants?
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Silk Road to Prosperity

The revival of wild silk in one o the world’s biodiversity hotspots is helping to protect forest areas by improving the economic situation of local people.
By Brian Barth

Hiding in Plain Sight

In San Francisco’s Chinatown, and online, ivory carvings are easy to buy.
By Jason Mark

Garbage in, Garbage out

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