June’s winter Westerlies are pelting Cape Town, but beyond the peaks of the Overberg, most of the country is experiencing South Africa’s typical rainless winter. It’s 6 a.m., and our canvas-topp...
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South America AFRICA
The $38 Million Mosquito
Malaria, a disease transmitted primarily from mosquitoes, strikes the hardest in sub-Saharan Africa, where most o...
In the US, we have had the good fortune, mostly, to take for granted that water is a human right. Aside from summer drought warnings asking us to take shorter showers, very few states have felt the li...
Notes from a warming world
Welcome to the Anthropocene
The Geological Society of London is the oldest association of Earth scientists in the world. Its members, as author Mike Davis reports in Rachel’s Democracy & Health News...
I just read Adam Federman’s article “Roadkill” (Summer 2008) and am hoping we can overcome some of the noise around congestion pricing and telework. At worst, congestion pri...
Climate Change Threatens to Dry Up the Southwest’s Future
Sometimes, being prescient is no prize. First published in 1986, Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water is, sadly, still relevant. Reisner’s core premise – ...
Mark Reisner. 608 pages, Penguin, Revised 1993
The Flap Over the Mail Order Butterfly Industry
If someone you worshipped gave you an amazing gift, you’d take incredibly good care of it, right? That’s the question many religious leaders are asking of their congregations as a way of contempla...
Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller, directors; Fine Cut Productions
Earth Island Project Reports
Jennifer Castner Residents in the Altai region of Russia seek to reroute a planned gas pipeline.
Ocean Embassy, a company planning to capture and traffic live dolphins in Panama, has closed in the fac...
Trouble in Paradise
The Struggle to Save Belize’s Glover’s Atoll
Jeremy Kryt and Jamie Ward
Brower Youth Awards
Meet Our 2008 Winners
Plastics, Pesticides, and Pills Are Contaminating Our Drinking Supply
Siberia Is Not a (Nuclear) Wasteland
Return to Cochabamba
Eight Years Later, the Bolivian Water War Continues
At noon and five p.m. every day, a bell rings throughout the verdant coastal town of Ikumi Beach in the Shikoku Province of Japan. It is the communal lunch chime that later in the day doubles as a cur...
China Rivers Project
Taking Brower’s Vision to the Grand Canyons of the East
You Don't Miss Your Water Until Your Well Runs Dry
Running Dry: From the Editor
Several months after finishing author Maude Barlow’s fine book Blue Covenant, there’s a line I can’t get out of my head: “Farms, cities, and industries all over the world are … drilling deep...