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An Intersectional Movement

photo by Jonathan Klett Native leaders and scholars have repeatedly pointed out the limitations of framing Standing Rock and other indigenous opposition to fossil fuel extraction as purely a climate justice movement. These movements, they say, are simply the latest manifestation of native peoples’ long and checkered struggle against settler colonialism. “We are struggling against constant erasure and the fact that people still don’t realize that colonialism exists,” says Nick Estes (Lower…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

Remediation Art

John Sabraw

All artwork by John SabrawGrinding acid mine drainage pigment into paint. click or tap any of these images to see them in a slideshow Remember how a massive wastewater spill from an abandoned coal mine in Colorado turned the Animas River bright ochre for several months back in August 2015? That slick, yellow layer floating atop the water was caused by dissolved iron in the heavy-metal laden runoff that oxidized when exposed…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2017

There’s a Crack in Everything

Just a few days after the US elections it’s already clear that difficult times lie ahead. The multiple reports of hate and bigotry coming in from across this nation have made the prospect of the next four years under a Donald Trump presidency seem nightmarish to many. The future of our lands and waters too, is in grave peril. There’s no escaping the fact that under a climate change denying president and…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2017

Oilfield Wastewater Used to Grow Food in California May Contain Toxins

Chemicals present include 16 the state classifies as carcinogens or reproductive toxicants, says EWG report

Did you know that some of the fruits and veggies out on supermarket shelves are grown using wastewater from oil and gas operations? For the past several years, many drought-stricken farms in California’s Central Valley, which produces 40 percent of the nation’s…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – October 26, 2016

Two Years After the Colorado Pulse Flow — An Abundance of Life

Birds, plants, and groundwater continue to benefit from pilot effort to revive the Colorado River delta, says report

Back 2014, an unprecedented transnational experiment attempted to restore, temporarily, the flow of the Colorado River to the Gulf of California. As part of a landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico, the International Boundary Water Commission unleashed an eight-week “pulse…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – October 21, 2016

Chinese Company Seeks to Capture Orcas and Hundreds of Marine Mammals in Namibia

Proposal points to troubling explosion in captive animal entertainment in the country

When it comes to wildlife trade and trafficking, sadly, way too many roads lead to China. Usually, it’s the demand for animal parts to be used in traditional Chinese medicine that spurs this trade, but now there’s growing demand for live animals,…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – October 14, 2016

Climate Evangelist

Bob Inglis

Bob Inglis is a self-described “recovering politician.” Once a staunch climate change denialist, the two-time Republican congressman and farmer from South Carolina reversed his position on the matter after a nudge from his children spurred him to visit the Antarctic in 2006 and examine the scientific evidence for himself. Despite the risk of alienating his conservative base in the “reddest district in the reddest state in America,” Inglis began to speak out…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Autumn 2016

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