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We’re Being Watched

How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists

photo illustrations Nadia Khastagir / Design Action In February 2010 Tom Jiunta and a small group of residents in northeastern Pennsylvania formed the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (GDAC), an environmental organization opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the region. The group sought to appeal to the widest possible audience, and was careful about striking a moderate tone. All members were asked to sign a code of conduct in which they pledged to carry…
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by: Adam Federman – Summer 2013

John Davis Envisions Re-establishing Wildlife Corridors Across North America

Environmentalist embarks on 5,000-mile trek across the West to highlight the importance of habitat connectivity

John Davis is no stranger to long journeys. In 2011 he traveled by bike, boat, and foot from Southern Florida to the Canadian Maritimes to promote the creation of an eastern wildway — a continental scale conservation effort that would connect large…
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by: Adam Federman – March 5, 2013

Return of the Wild

Will humans make way for the greatest conservation experiment in centuries?

John Davis was roughly 5,500 miles into his 2011 trek from Southern Florida to the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec when he passed through the Adirondack Mountains, where he has lived for the last 18 years. He spent a couple of days sailing and hiking around the southern shore of Lake Champlain, including the Split Rock Wild Forest. The 4,000-acre bloc of state forest land is the centerpiece of what Davis hopes will…
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by: Adam Federman – Spring 2013

One in a Million

The Kingdom of Rarities
By Eric Dinerstein
Island Press, 2013, 336 pages

One of the most remote and biologically rich regions of the world is found on the island of New Guinea in the South Pacific. The island’s sparsely populated mountainous terrain – there are areas that have likely never seen human intrusion – has made it a top destination for intrepid field biologists seeking rare and lost species. One area in particular, the Foja Mountains in the heart of Papua Province, has become…
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by: Adam Federman – Winter 2013

Unseen Landscapes

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
By Robert Macfarlane
Hamish Hamilton, 2012, 448 pages

In The Wild Places, the second of Robert Macfarlane’s sweeping trilogy of books about “landscape and the human heart,” the author traveled to southern England to explore some of the region’s “holloways,” old paths that date back to the Iron Age. Carved into the soft sandstone by dray horse and carriage, pilgrims and wanderers, as well as centuries of rain, wind, and snowmelt, they are now largely forgotten, part of what the…
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by: Adam Federman – Autumn 2012

New Book Examines the Future of Fracking

In Review: Under the Surface, by Tom Wilber

In 2004, Range Resources, a Texas-based oil and gas company, drilled its first exploratory wells in the Marcellus Shale, a vast geologic formation that stretches from the southern tier of New York State, through much of Pennsylvania, and into West Virginia and…
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by: Adam Federman – May 18, 2012

Mutiny Against Man

Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance
By Jason Hribal
AK Press, 2011, 280 Pages

In 2010, Sea World’s star attraction, an orca named Tilikum, shocked a group of onlookers when he seized his trainer and pinned her underwater for five minutes. Staff and security had to pry the woman’s body from his mouth. An autopsy later showed that her spinal cord had been severed and her ribs, jawbone, and cervical vertebra fractured. It was not the first time Tilikum had been involved in the death of…
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by: Adam Federman – Spring 2012

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