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  • Trouble in Paradise
    Hawaii has become the largest GMO test site in the US – and some Hawaiians say
    that’s not very aloha. By Maureen Nandini Mitra
  • artwork depicting workers and scientists building a mammothCat Fight
    Cougars have made a comeback. But conflicts with humans are on the rise, putting
    their fate in jeopardy. By Noah Sudarsky
  • photo of islandsHome on the Range
    In Alberta, ranchers are pioneering ways to coexist with grizzly bears.
    By Ben Goldfarb

Latest News

California Game Commission to Consider Whether to Protect Gray Wolf

It is only a matter of time before wolves re-establish themselves in the Golden State

Gray wolves are no strangers to the Golden State. Their majestic howls echoed through our forests and rolled out into our Great Central Valley before European settlers pushed west. But, like in so many other areas throughout the West, as California’s human…
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Environmentalists Could Win the Keystone XL Battle and Still Lose the War

Will the KXL fight be environmentalists’ Vietnam?

The Vietnam War might seem irrelevant to the environmental movement’s five-year effort to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that, if approved by President Obama, would bring tar sands oil from Alberta to the Texas coast for refining and shipment overseas.…
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A Fresh Boost of Energy for Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns on US Campuses

At the 2014 Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence, students renewed their pledge to dig deep, link up, and take action

Last Thursday, anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu came out with an article calling for an “apartheid-style boycott to save the planet.” Tutu says we can halt climate change if we use the tactics that worked in South Africa…
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A Way to Come Together on Public Lands Conservation

If Congress doesn’t like President Obama’s national monument designation, it should pass the dozens of pending wilderness bills

Late last month the House of Representatives passed a bill that would restrict the president’s ability to fulfill a key part of his stated agenda. No, this wasn’t the umpteenth vote to repeal Obamacare. Rather, the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation…
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Showtime Series Uses Star Power to Drive Home the Truth About Our Warming World

Can a 60 Minutes-meets-Ocean’s Eleven show on climate change lure viewers away from Don Draper?

A Sunday night primetime television show, a documentary series at that, on climate change — that’s kind of ambitious, wouldn’t you say? Harrison Ford stirred up quite a flutter during his reporting trip to Indonesia when he bore down upon the country's…
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Overpopulation Must Remain a Key Issue for Environmentalists

A second take on Alan Weisman’s Countdown

If the Earth Island Institute community is a family, as we like to say we are, then there should be dinner-table arguments,  and I’m going to start one now. Having muttered to myself for a couple of days about “Numbers Game,” a…
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Why US Fracking Companies are Licking their Lips Over Ukraine

From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine, writes Naomi Klein

The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress – one in…
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Are There Limits to Limits?
John deGraaf and Roger Pielke, Jr. debate whether economic growth is sustainable.
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Readers Poll
What do you think? Can we reconcile economic growth and environmental protection?
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Annie Leonard
Our columnist says we can both safeguard the environment and address social inequality.
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Kick Waste off Campus
Brett Chamberlin and Alex Freid explain how they work with colleges to boost high-value recycling and reuse.
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