With global climate talks stuck in a stalemate, several countries have made unilateral commitments to slash their greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Since 2007, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Tuvalu, Bh...
Back from the Dead
We’re on the Verge of Being Able to Revive Extinct Species. But Even If We Could, Does that Mean We Should?
A Tale of Two Wolves
Our life-changing experience was about to come to a close. After six years of living with and documenting a pack of wolves in the wilderness, the Forest Service permits allowing our experiment were ab...
Jim and Jamie Dutcher
Notes from a Warming World
Hurry Up – or Die
To survive the era of global warming vertebrate species must somehow dramatically accelerate their natural pace of evolution – or risk going extinct. According to a study publish...
Will genetically engineered trees help save the climate or will they alter forests forever?
Maureen Nandini Mitra
It’s Time to Replace More with Better
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor?
+/-After years of delay, a comprehensive immigration bill is moving its way through the US Congress. Proponents say a nation founded by immigrants should provide newcomers a path to citizenship, while...
The Central Pacific Nation of Kiribati Boasts It Has Created One of the Largest No-Fishing Marine Reserves in the World. Unfortunately, It’s Not True.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Businesses Go Beyond Plastic
Maureen Nandini Mitra
The Green Economy and a Path to Citizenship
+David Foster is the founding executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs...
So Long, Farewell
Remember Peak Oil? Before fracking opened up vast amounts of gas and shale oil, before the protests against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, before BP’s Deepwater Horizon blowout, peak oil was on...
New Leaders Initiative
Meet the 2013 Brower Youth Awards Winners
More Immigration = More Americans = Less Wilderness
-Dave Foreman, a co-founder of EarthFirst! and the founder of the Rewilding Institute, is author of Rewilding North America. He is a member of the population stabilization group Apply the Brakes. The ...
Letters & Emails
Melting Away Thank you for Jeremy Miller’s excellent, but troubling, report on the Sierra Nevada’s glaciers, “The Dying Glaciers of California” (Summer 2013). Reading the article brought back ...
An Extreme Energy Roadtrip’s Postcard from the Edge
Blowing the Tops off of Mountains, Fracturing Communities, Digging for Tar Sands in the Desert…
Canadian author Naomi Klein is so well known for her blade-sharp commentary that it’s easy to forget that she is, above all, a first-rate reporter. I got a glimpse into her priorities as I was worki...
Local News from All Over
Africa Bittersweet Chocolate
Note to government officials in Ivory Coast: The ends do not justify the means.
In July the Ivorian government launched a campaign to clear tens of thousands of cacao farm...
The US Military is the World’s Largest Fuel Guzzler. It’s also Leading the Charge to Break Our Addiction to Oil.
Take My Advice
Letters to a Young Scientist By Edward O. Wilson Liveright, 2013, 256 pages
Mark J. Palmer
Sharks Off the Menu
Each year as many as 100 million sharks fall victim to finning – a brutal practice in which fishermen catch the fish, cut off its fins, and then throw the mutilated animal back in the sea to die. Sh...
Hooked on Phonics
Now and Never
The Once and Future World: Finding Wilderness in the Nature We’ve Made By J.B. MacKinnon Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013, 240 pages