We Ain’t So BadI completely disagree with Kathleen Dean Moore’s naming options for our new, human-dominated epoch (“Anthropocene Is the Wrong Word,” Spring 2013). Why not give a name that expr...
Open for Business?
As Myanmar transitions to democracy after decades of military rule, its increasingly vocal civil society is scrambling to protect forests and farmland from rapacious development.
“The arc of the moral universe is long,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “but it bends toward justice.” That famous line could also serve as an apt description for the comeback of Van Jones....
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Africa Gorillas in the Oil Mix
Desperate to boost an economy battered by more than a decade of war, officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo are considering a new law that would allow oil compani...
Battle in the Clouds
In the Colombian Andes, ecosystems are disappearing faster than scientists can study them.
Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth By Gar Smith, Chelsea Green, 2012, 320 pages
Abuzz about Bees
Seven years after a sharp decrease in honeybee populations sparked global concern about the fate of the essential pollinators, government officials in the United States and European Union have come to...
Still Life with Life
The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System By Jerry Mander Counterpoint, 2012, 250 pages
Marine Hope Spots
Marine reserves – areas where fishing, dredging, mining, and sometimes even boating are banned – are one of the best strategies for the recovery of our overstressed oceans. Scientific evidence sho...
A small group of volunteers has committed itself to untangling whales that get caught in fishing nets. The work is difficult, dangerous – and doesn’t always go according to plan.
Living the Green Life – Behind Bars
California’s San Quentin State Prison is a tough place to live. The prison’s North Block is home to 700-plus men who have been convicted of a range of offenses – from petty theft to brutal murde...
Notes from a Warming World
Rough Rides AheadFasten your seatbelts. Airplane rides are getting bumpier as global warming causes increased mid-air turbulence, says a new analysis by scientists studying the impacts of global warmi...
We’re Being Watched
How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists
What’s a Tree Worth?
Still Worrying about the Bomb
Not since the Cuban Missile Crisis has the world heard the sort of nuclear bombast that has been flying recently between Washington and Pyongyang. It began on December 12, 2012, when North Korea succe...
What’s a Tree Worth?
In recent years some conservationists have started promoting ideas like “ecosystem services” and “natural capital” to get more people to take environmental protection seriously. Natural system...
International Marine Mammal Project
Saving Whales and Dolphins around the World The International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) has been hard at work these past few months, trying to protect dolphins, whales, and their ocean habitats aro...
Mark J. Palmer
Money Talks – So Let’s Give Nature a Voice
+Mark Tercek, a former partner at the investment firm Goldman Sachs, is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. People have typically valued nature either sentimentally, or else as a bunch of com...
I Spy a Spy
Paranoia will destroy ya.
I’ll admit that I want to roll my eyes when I hear about the security precautions some environmentalists take in the course of planning a protest. Removing batteries from c...
Raptors Are The Solution
Rat Poison Could Cause a Silent Spring for Raptors
Lisa Owens Viani
“Natural Capital” is a Bankrupt Metaphor
-Tom Butler, a writer and conservationist, is editorial projects director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology. His books include Wildlands Philanthropy and ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of E...
The Dying Glaciers of California
The Snowcap Is Melting, Threatening the Alpine Ecology and the State’s Water Supply