• photo of a culverted creek running through a neighborhoodCasualties of War
    Is radioactive waste from the World War II era killing people in St. Louis?.
    By Lori Freshwater
  • photo of a worker in an anti-contamination suit looking out over an industrial site near the seaLiving in Limbo
    Five years after the Fukushima meltdown, Japan’s nuclear energy program is still being met with resistance.
    By Winifred Bird
  • photo of elk grazing in a wide grassland, tower of a wind turbine and tall mountains behind themRepurposing Rocky Flats
    The transformation of a heavily polluted nuclear site into a wilderness refuge raises questions about the implications of hiding our tainted environmental past.
    By Eric Freedman

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A Legacy of Fighting for Justice

Lawyer behind youth climate change lawsuit comes from a family that’s championed social and environmental causes for generations

On the morning of March 9 2016, 21 young plaintiffs, aged 8 to 19, crowded into a courtroom in Eugene, Oregon, to sue the United States government for failing to protect their environment by allowing continued fossil fuel development that was leading…
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Adventures with a Greenpeace Captain

The inside story of the Arctic 30, life in prison, and what it means to be free

In September 2013, Greenpeace activists made their way toward a giant oil platform in the Russian Arctic, intending to hang a banner highlighting the perils of oil development in the fragile Arctic ecosystem. They were stopped by armed Russian Federal Security Service…
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Environmentalists, First Nations Vow Summer of Action Against Trans Mountain Pipeline

Canadian regulators’ OK of the tar sands pipeline expansion draws flack from activists

Environment and Indigenous rights organizations are indicating it’s going to be a long, hot summer of civil disobedience in British Columbia following a National Energy Board report released last week recommending conditional approval of Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion…
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Remembering Wildlife Is Wild

Death of Yellowstone bison calf draws attention to perils of non-expert interference with wildlife

The public was outraged last week after learning that two visitors to Yellowstone National Park had placed a bison calf in their car and delivered it to rangers, saying it seemed to be without the protection of its herd. Rangers spent two…
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Flame Retardant Exposure Poses A Significant Health Risk to Women

New research links exposure to these toxic chemicals to thyroid problems, especially in post-menopausal women

Exposure to flame retardant chemicals has become nearly ubiquitous in the United States thanks to fire safety standards that, until recently, could rarely be met without their use. This has meant that furniture foams, mattress and carpet padding, and numerous other consumer…
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The Real Threat to Europe’s Last Primeval Forest: Bark Beetles or Undemocratic Politicians?

Poland’s plans to increase logging in Białowieża may destroy this ancient forest

This past March in Białowieża, Poland, a few dozen people stood on a street corner shouting, “dead wood, new life!“ Across the street at a luxury Best Western a crowd of about a hundred held Polish flags and banners that read: “The…
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Land as Canvas

When farming and art intersect

When artists use the land as their canvas, wonderful, organic creations are brought to life. Farm and landscape art exist at the vital and fertile intersection of cultivation and visual art, and result in land-based creations that allow viewers, artists, farmers, and…
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The president of Natural Resources Defence Council explains why it is dangerous to look at diversity in a vacuum.
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Susan Kamprath
Earth Island’s Director of Project Support talks about what has been taking her to Marin County every Saturday for more than 20 years.
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Gemma Bulos
Global Women’s Water Initiative executive director discusses the importance of engaging and training women as leaders in social enterprises.
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Current Issue

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Killing to Conserve

Does it make sense to cull one protected species to help save another?
By Jim Yuskavitch

Sea Change

What the wasting disease afflicting sea stars tells us about our oceans.
By Eric Wagner

1000 Words: Linda Gass

An artist’s quest to understand the relationship between humans, water, and land that sustains us