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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

New Discovery: A Massive Reef System at the Mouth of the Amazon River

But this unique 600-mile long reef is already threatened by oil drilling

Could coral reefs have anything to do with the Amazon River? Apparently so. In case you missed this new finding among the sea of reports about the impending demise of coral reefs (especially the Great Barrier Reef) across the world, here’s the…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – April 25, 2016

We Don’t Die, We Multiply

This year’s Goldman Environmental Prize winners offer inspiration and hope for the future

The spirit of Berta Cáceres was strong at the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize celebrations in San Francisco last night. The evening’s ceremony opened with a spoken tribute to the indigenous Lenca activist who was assassinated in her home last month — less…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – April 19, 2016

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