• photo of water protectors carrying a signStanding Strong
    The native resistance movement can offer solutions to our climate crisis.
    By Ron Johnson
  • photo of a rhinocerosAt the Sharp End
    South Africa’s private game reserves are taking drastic measures to protect their charges.
    By Ann and Steve Toon
  • artwork depicting redwood leaves, fern fronds, and a marijuana leafGreen Rush
    Humboldt County’s new extractive industry is taking a steep toll on the envrironment.
    By Ronald Hale
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Disney’s Latest Motion Picture Is a Parable about Climate Change and Indigenous Rights

In Review: Moana

Disney’s South Pacific-set animated feature Moana — co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, co-creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, with voice characterization by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and music co-written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda — was number one at US…
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Trudeau’s Approval of Kinder Morgan, Line 3 Pipelines Is a Failure in Climate Leadership

Environmentalists, First Nations gear up for long fight against tar sands oil pipelines

“Canada is back my friends. We are here to help.” When Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau made this statement last year, he was newly elected and addressing the UN's 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. Canada’s renewed focus on battling…
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What Green Looks Like Behind Prison Walls

Inmates plan sustainable living projects based on land, water and energy usage within San Quentin

Walking into San Quentin State Prison’s imposing East Gate entrance feels a bit like entering a medieval fortress with clanging ironwork doors and dark passageways. Inside California's oldest and most famous prison, however, is a light-filled courtyard with tended gardens and a…
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Plastic Bottles and Cave Divers Aid in Quest to Document an Elusive, Subterranean Critter

The Georgia blind salamander could be an indicator species for the health of the Floridan aquifer, but scientists don’t know if it’s thriving or declining

“Every biologist thinks his or her species of interest is the canary in the coal mine,” says John Jensen, state herpetologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “But the Georgia blind salamander, in my opinion, really fits this analogy better than…
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Air Pollution Taking a Steep Toll on Kathmandu Residents

Government has been slow to take action in one of the world's most polluted cities, say advocates

Nepal’s image as an unadulterated tourist destination — with its pristine mountains, snow covered peaks, and bright blue skies — is in jeopardy. Life in the country’s capital city doesn’t align with this immaculate representation. For years, Kathmandu’s rapidly growing population has…
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Why Don’t We Grieve for Extinct Species?

An impassioned group of artists and activists is creating rituals for coping with extinction and environmental loss

In early 2010, artist, activist and mother, Persephone Pearl, headed to the Bristol Museum. Like many concerned about the fate of the planet, she was in despair over the failed climate talks in Copenhagen that winter. She sat on a bench and…
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Rising Tides on The Golden Shore

Californians may soon have more sea to love than they can handle

I believe it’s Californians’ sense of entitlement to the coast and ocean, their understanding that it belongs to all of them—surfers, sailors, fishermen, the maritime industry, the tourist industry, the navy, the tribes, and every single beachgoer —that makes protecting California’s seas…
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Voices

Alice Waters
World-famous chef, educator, and slow-food advocate talks about how good food can be a powerful entry point to environmentalism.
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Karina Gonzales
A student leader of Fossil Free North Arizona University and 2016 Brower Youth Award Winner explains why she thinks climate change is a moral crisis that can’t be solved using technology alone.
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Current Issue

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Bush Beat

The Black Mambas combat poaching and elevate women’s rights.
By Elizabeth Claire Alberts

Forest Guardians

A small team of foresters in the Philippines’ Guiting-Guiting Natural Park face tough odds.
By Isaac N Pearlman

Good Food Rising

Schools across the country are beginning to explore sustainable food procurement policies.
By Anna Lappé

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