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Balking at Meatless Mondays? There are Some Impossible Solutions Afoot

The latest fake meat to hit the market is pretty close to the real deal, but there’s a rub

I’ve been mostly vegetarian for more than 12 years now, eating meat perhaps four or five times a year and seafood way more often than I should. But like many a former regular meat-eater, despite moral qualms, I still miss the taste…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 18, 2018

California Pot Farmers’ Use of Rat Poison Harms Northern Spotted Owls

State’s legalization of marijuana likely to spur more unpermitted cultivation, further exacerbating the problem

Pot users in California may be rejoicing at finally being able to smoke marijuana for recreation without fear of being arrested. But the state’s new law legalizing weed for fun — which officially took effect January 1 — may be bad news…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 11, 2018

Worst Fires in California’s History? Some Clarifications

Lack of defensible space around homes a major reason for extent of destruction, says wildfire ecologist

On Monday, journalist, author, and author and environmental activist Bill McKibben tweeted data from CalFire regarding the top 20 most destructive fires in California. He wrote: “Five of the twenty worst fires in CA history have come since September. Hot new world.” …
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 13, 2017

A Sense of Place

Diane Archer

 Portal Click or tap this image or any other here to view them in a slideshow Diane Archer came to love maps while tromping around the wilderness as a teenager back in the days when you still needed printed, topographical guides to find your way around. “There’s just a beauty in maps, in the concentricity of the lines,” she says, and more importantly, in the places they can lead you to. Which…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2018

Still Standing Strong

We entered 2017 expecting a rough ride, and boy has that dismal expectation been more than met. The Trump administration’s onslaught on the environment has been so relentless that it’s been a struggle just to keep tabs. And, let’s be honest, it’s been harder still, to hold on to our outrage. In the less than a year that he’s been in office, our esteemed president has directed his administration to roll back…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2018

In Win for Dolphins, WTO Reverses Decision on US Dolphin Safe Tuna Label

Environmental groups celebrate, call on Mexico to drop case against US

After several negative rulings against the United States for its strong standards for the Dolphin Safe tuna label, the World Trade Organization yesterday agreed that the US is in compliance with WTO Free Trade regulations. Environmental groups, including the International Marine Mammal…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – October 27, 2017

Food for Thought

A simple loaf of bread can cost more than $800 in Venezuela today. I haven’t been able to push this absurd, disturbing figure out of my mind ever since our art director pointed it out as we were working on this issue of the Journal. Somehow, that one telling detail seemed to embody the turbulent situation in Venezuela right now. The South American nation’s petrodollar-dependent economy has been in a tailspin since…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Autumn 2017

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