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Head in the Clouds

Communing with nature high up in a redwood canopy

I grew up among the redwoods. My parents’ house is nestled in a unique Bay Area neighborhood built among these giant trees. Redwood roots burst through the concrete roads and sidewalks, and branches shade the narrow streets that have been paved around…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 6, 2016

In Death Valley, A Carpet of Colorful Life

A last minute trip to see rare wildflower super bloom was well worth the long haul

Years ago, when I first read about the desert “super blooms” that explode some of the world’s most arid places into riots of colorful flowers, catching a glimpse of the rare phenomenon immediately jumped to the top of my bucket-list. The contrast…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – March 10, 2016

Rhea Suh

The so-called “Big Green” groups have a diversity problem. They are overwhelmingly white, and the top leadership is predominantly male. Rhea Suh, now in her second year as president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, is determined to change that. The daughter of Korean immigrants, she envisions an environmental movement that better reflects the diversity of the United States. For green organizations, she believes that requires not only a culture of inclusivity,…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2016

Freeing the Klamath

Water rights issues remain to be resolved in largest dam removal project ever in the US

Update: On April 6, representatives from California, Oregon, the federal government, dam-owner PacifiCorp, tribes, conservation groups, and agricultural interests signed an amendment to the Klamath Hydropower Settlement Agreement. Pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions, the amendment provides a path toward…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – February 25, 2016

‘I Consider Myself to Be a Fossil Fuel Abolitionist’

A conversation with climate activist Tim DeChristopher

In 2008, climate activist Tim DeChristopher arrived at a BLM oil and gas lease auction in Utah with the intention of disrupting it. He was thinking along the lines of making an impassioned speech, but when he was offered the chance to…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – January 26, 2016

The Ten Most Ethical Travel Destinations for 2016

This year’s list of best developing countries to visit includes Cabo Verde, Mongolia, and Panama

January can feel like a long month. In the northern hemisphere, at least, the days are short, temperatures are low, and skies are often cloudy. In many ways it is the perfect time to fantasize about, and, better yet, plan a summer…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – January 19, 2016

A Coal Terminal in Oakland?

Activists, local residents are fighting a proposed coal export facility in one of the nation’s most polluted cities

From Oregon, to Texas, to Washington DC, environmental advocates across the United States are involved in battles against fossil fuel infrastructure expansion. So far, however, northern California has largely escaped these big industry vs. activist showdowns. Yes, there have been protests in…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – December 16, 2015

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