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One Man’s Legal Quest to Change How We View Animals

In Review: Unlocking the Cage

Given that I’ve written in great detail about Steven Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project’s efforts to get some animals recognized as “persons,” the basic premise and much of the convoluted legal gymnastics showcased in Unlocking the Cage were not new to…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – July 22, 2016

High Levels of Toxins Found in Bodies of People Living Near Fracking Sites

Study first to show that harmful chemicals from natural gas operations are contaminating bodies of Pavillion, Wyoming residents

Many of the toxic chemicals escaping from fracking and natural gas processing sites and storage facilities may be present in much higher concentrations in the bodies of people living or working near such sites, new research has shown. Photo by courtesy of…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – June 24, 2016

2015 Was Deadliest Year for Grassroots Environmental Defenders

185 killings, 40 percent of those murdered were from indigenous groups, says Global Witness report

I recently received an email alert that the life of Indigenous environmental and human rights defender Gloria Ushigua was at risk. The report outlined the “escalating intimidation of and harassment against” Ushigua, the coordinator of the Sápara women’s organization, Ashiñwaka, who has…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – June 21, 2016

Air Pollution May Affect Children’s Mental Health

Study finds increased psychiatric disorders among kids living in areas with higher vehicle emissions

Add one more to the long list of harms caused by air pollution — mental health problems in children. A new study by researchers from Umeå University in Sweden warns that prolonged exposure to polluted air, especially air containing particulates from vehicle…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – June 10, 2016

Amid Showdown, Thai Officials Begin Removing Big Cats from Infamous Tiger Temple

Day 3 of rescue operation leads to awful discovery: 40 dead tiger cubs and other animal parts

So it has come to pass — following several months of stand off, the infamous Tiger Temple has been closed down as Thai wildlife officials and veterinarians undertake a monumental operation to relocate the remaining 137 tigers from the temple in Thailand’s…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – June 1, 2016

Still Unknown, Still Untamed

Jordan Fisher Smith

Jordan Fisher Smith worked as a park and wilderness ranger in California, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska for 21 years. As a person whose bedrock of reality is his “affection for wild nature,” he took to writing in the 1990s in an effort to extend his protection of wilderness beyond the reach of his badge. And did he have some rich material to work with! Smith’s first nonfiction book, Nature Noir, was a…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Summer 2016

The Road Ahead

While putting together this special edition celebrating our national parks, I was reminded of the first time I visited the Grand Canyon with my family. We spent an hour or so soaking in the view of the vast void, then, after a short run through the model Hopi House gift store, we turned around and left. I would have loved to have walked down one of the canyon trails and spent a…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Summer 2016

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