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North Carolina Could Become Fifth State With an Ag-Gag Law

Bill sitting on Governor McCrory’s desk would make it illegal to document or film animal abuse on factory farms

Whistleblowers beware. Last week, the North Carolina senate passed HB 405, a controversial “ag-gag” bill that would make it illegal to document unethical or illegal practices on industrial farms in the state. Passed by the House in April, the bill has been…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – May 26, 2015

Fighting for Our Oceans

From Haiti to Scotland, Goldman Environmental Prize winners tackle marine management challenges

In an era of seemingly unlimited threats to the environment, ocean health is one of the most urgent and severe challenges facing activists today. The oceans are under fire from almost uncountable ills, including rampant overfishing, ocean acidification, plastics pollution, oil spills,…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 20, 2015

SeaWorld Faces Third Lawsuit in as Many Weeks Over Orca Captivity

Lawsuit says the marine entertainment company misleads the public about the health and wellbeing of captive orcas

SeaWorld has been treading water for the past few years as it faces ongoing criticism about its captive orca program. The marine entertainment behemoth may soon find itself sinking: Today, a new lawsuit was filed against SeaWorld claiming that the company makes…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 13, 2015

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle is sometimes fondly referred to as “Her Deepness.” She has set records for solo diving, lived in underwater laboratories, and navigated dark corners of the oceans in small submarines. In the course of her research and exploration, she has spent more than 7,000 hours underwater marveling at the diversity of the oceans. photo Kip Evans At 79, Earle has watched the oceans change radically in her lifetime. She…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2015

Earth Island Project Support

Nurturing Diverse Initiatives to Save Our Shared Planet

Several years ago, Laura Pérez-Arce, co-director of the Earth Island project Viva Sierra Gorda, which works to promote conservation and economic development in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda region, decided to start a separate nonprofit focused on carbon credits. It was only then, as she began to independently navigate the complexities of IRS approval and nonprofit administration, that Pérez-Arce realized the true value of Earth Island Institute’s Project Support team, which had been providing…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2015

A Home For Businesses That Believe Ethics and Profits Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

The American Sustainable Business Council works to amplify the influence of sustainable businesses on policy issues like clean energy, food, and agriculture

We may have reached the point of peak craft beer. Cities are ranked based on their breweries, connoisseurs opt for beer tastings over wine flights, and beers are brewed with everything from matté, to mustard seeds, to pomegranate. In the midst of…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – February 19, 2015

Advocates Win Key Victories to Stop Wildlife-Killing Contests in the US

Statewide ban in California and victories in Idaho and Oregon spur hope for nationwide predator management reform

Wildlife-killing contests in the United States go by many different names, including wildlife derbies, predator-hunting contests, coyote calling contests, and coyote drives. But whatever the name, and wherever they are held, these contests come down to the same basic principle: Hunting animals…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – December 16, 2014

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