Plan B

HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
By Mark Hertsgaard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, 340 pages

Jason Mark

Cry, Wolf

How a Campaign of Fear and Intimidation Led to the Gray Wolf’s Removal from the Endangered Species List.

James William Gibson

Orella Stewardship Institute

Digging Deep

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The Most Dangerous Game

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
by John Vaillant
Knopf, 2010, 352 pages

Adam Federman

Eye to Eye

Bryant Austin

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Don’t Mini-mize the Dangers of Nuclear Power

The radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactors poisoned farmlands, contaminated the sea, and sent invisible mists of radiation wafting around the world. The latest – and it’s jus...

Gar Smith

Ric O’Barry

Courtesy International Marine Mammal Project When The Cove won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film last year, director Louie Psihoyos and producer Fisher Stevens bounded on stage accompanied b...

Jason Mark

The Last Stand

Twenty years ago, an extraordinary effort by environmentalists saved the northern spotted owl – or did it?

Eric Wagner

Notes from a Warming World

The Last Shall Be First Although they are among the smallest emitters of greenhouse gases, some of the world’s poorest countries are taking the lead in cutting their CO2 footprints. At the close of ...

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Energy Action Coalition

Stir It Up

Jason Mark

Fighting Climate Change with Forests

Louis Blumberg is the director of the California Climate Change Program at The Nature Conservancy and has been active in developing forest carbon policy in California since 1999.In his classic story, ...

Louis Blumberg

Breaking Down Bioplastics

Is the Bioplastic Cup Half Full or Half Empty?

Mary Catherine O’Connor

Local News from All Over

Africa Asia Europe North America South America Africa Don’t Panic – Go Organic A growing human population, now at seven billion people and headed for nine billion by 2050. Dwindling supplies of th...

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A House Divided

Louisianans, One Year After the Spill

Karen Dalton-Beninato, Portraits by Stacy Revere

Nothing More than Hot Air

Daphne Wysham is a fellow and board member of the Institute for Policy Studies, co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, and the host of Earthbeat Radio.It started in the dog days of...

Daphne Wysham

New Earth Island Projects

Wholly H2o Wholly H2o equips Californians with the information and skills necessary to normalize water conservation and efficiency, as well as to re-conceptualize rainwater, graywater, stormwater, and...

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Letters & E-mails

Tell us what you think:editor@earthisland.org Letters to the Editor Earth Island Journal 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460 Berkeley, CA 94704 Heart of the Monster Kudos to Gabriel Furshong for his excellent...

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Murky Waters

“A deathtrap of mucus gashing through the water like flypaper.” That’s how Samantha Joye, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Georgia, describes the effect of the oil and gas fro...

Elizabeth Grossman

Green Economy?

Do Carbon Offsets Work?

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Center for Safe Energy

Lessons in Ecotourism

Melissa Prager

We’re All Endangered Now

The Endangered Species Act will turn 40 soon, and it’s experiencing something of a midlife crisis. When he signed the ESA into law in 1973, President Nixon praised the act for protecting “an irrep...

Jason Mark

Fear of Flying

It started with An Inconvenient Truth. After watching Al Gore’s documentary, we used an online carbon calculator to figure our emissions footprint. We answered some basic questions about our lifesty...

Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh

Cat Eyes

The Eastern Cougar Has Been Declared Extinct. So Why Do Sightings of the Animal Persist?

Christopher Ketcham

Sustainable World Coalition

New Book and Campaign

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Hunters and Gatherers

The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth
by Richard Conniff
WW Norton & Company, 2011, 464 pages

Howard Schneider

Call of the Wild

For naturalists and wildlife aficionados, a month spent wolf-watching in Yellowstone probably sounds like a dream come true. But what if it meant standing exposed in the bone-chilling cold for hours, ...

Laura Kiesel

Project Survival Media

Say It Loud

Ellen Choy