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  • panoramic photo of the Grand CanyonGrand Folly
    Industrial tourism has been a disaster for the Grand Canyon. It could get much worse.
    By Christopher Ketcham
  • photo of oil drilling machinery behind a screen of palms and eucalyptusL.A. Underground
    Environmental activists are trying to tear the veil away from Los Angeles’s vast oil infrastructure.
    By James William Gibson
  • photo of a smiling young woman holding a chickenUnconventional Agriculture
    Our food systems are changing thanks to a rising crop of women farmers.
    By Sena Christian
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Latest News

Latest Santa Barbara Oil Spill Is Reminiscent of 1969 Disaster

Area known as the Galápagos of the north is again choked with oil as operators exploit patchy regulation

By Andrew Gumbel Mark Massara was eight years old in 1969, when a blowout at a Union Oil well off the California coast spilled more than three million gallons of crude along the beaches of Santa Barbara and devastated one of the northern hemisphere’s…
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Why Sacred Places Matter

Film series tells the stories of eight embattled indigenous communities around the world

This story originally appeared in Triple Pundit.  In the last month, Native Hawaiians blockaded construction machinery headed for the top of sacred Mauna Kea, where a 30-meter telescope is to be built. Thirty-one people were arrested. In Arizona, members of the San…
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Kinder Morgan Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to ‘Deter Protests’

ACLU calls arrangement “flat out unconstitutional”

Between June and October 2013, Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, paid a local Pennsylvania police department more than $50,000 to patrol a controversial pipeline upgrade. The company requested that the officers, though officially off-duty, be in uniform…
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The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela

As the University of Hawai'i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school's professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of 'bigotry, retaliation and hostility' for speaking out on risks of genetic engineering

This story originally appeared in Cascadia Times The islands of Hawai`i are like a magnet attracting insects from all over the world. Bugs catch a ride on every ship headed to the islands, and state authorities often find bug species they’d never seen…
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Fossil Fuels Are Subsidized by $10 million a minute, according to IMF study

'Shocking' $5.3 trillion subsidy estimate for 2015 'shatters the myth that fossil fuels are cheap'

By Damian Carrington Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3 trillion a year, equivalent to $10 million a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund. Photo by Robert S. Donovan, on Flickr…
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A River Revived

Lower Owens revival is the largest river restoration project in the history of the American West

I eased my standup paddleboard onto the placid, crystal clear waters, nary a drop out of place. From where I stood, the barren, sandy shoal was pock-marked with Tule elk spoor, but as soon as my paddle pierced through the royal blue…
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Seattle Activists Throw ‘Unwelcome Party’ for Arctic-Bound Shell Oil Rig

Off the coast of Seattle yesterday, Royal Dutch Shell docked the “Polar Pioneer,” an oil rig attempting to make its way up to Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. In response, a fleet of 20 kayaks – manned by local environmental activists and the Duwamish…
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Voices

Dr. Sylvia Earle
The oceanographer discusses the threats to the world’s oceans, and what citizens can do to protect them.
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Monsanto’s Spin Machine Grinds On
Journal columnist Anna Lappé on how the chemical and biotech giant is recycling its playbook from the past.
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Keeping It Real
How one family is raising their children without any mobile electronic devices in the house.
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Power Play

The energy industry is now firmly hitched to the national security state.
By Adam Federman

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The language of green managerialism is sucking the life out of the environmental movement.
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