Grand Folly
The Grand Canyon is already overrun with tourist infrastructure. Two proposed mega-developments threaten to make the situation worse.

Feature Articles

L.A. Underground

In the US’ Second Largest City, Oil Infrastructure is a “Normal” Part of the Landscape. Grassroots Activists are Trying to Change That.

James William Gibson

Unconventional Agriculture

Our food systems are changing for the better thanks to a rising crop of women farmers.

Amid Farmland, an Oil Field

The Oxnard Oil Field in Ventura County, California doesn’t fit the stereotypical image of an oil patch. There are few pumpjacks bobbing away like in the dusty fields of Kern County, nor any massive ...

Power Play

The oil and gas industry’s political connections and lobbying prowess are well known. Its ties to intelligence and law enforcement agencies have become just as formidable.

Adam Federman


The New Greenspeak

To inspire activism, we need more than managerialism

To Our Readers

Swimming in Oil

The fish, famously, doesn’t know it swims in water. The line could also describe our relationship to fossil fuels. It’s commonly said that our reliance on oil and gas resembles a drug addiction, y...

Digging Deeper

Monsanto’s Spin Machine Grinds On

In the fall of 1962, a group of chemical companies including Monsanto – at the time the largest producer of the cancer-causing chemical compound, PCB – launched a full-throttle public relations ca...

Earth Island Reports

Green Life

Helping Rebuild Lives Post-Incarceration

Angela Sevin

Earth Island Project Support

Nurturing Diverse Initiatives to Save Our Shared Planet

1000 Words

Old Timers

Rachel Sussman

Journal Staff


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...

In Review

Creatures of Chance

The Meaning of Human Existence
By Edward O. Wilson
W.W. Norton & Co., 2014, 208 pages

Rose Colored Glasses

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
By Diane Ackerman
WW Norton, 2014, 344 pages


Keeping It Real

When our daughter was four, we went canoeing and camping in Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia for three nights with another family, whose daughter was three. The girls entertained themselve...

Talking Points

Funny Money

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Record breaker: 2014 was the hottest year on record, according to climatologists. This map from NASA shows global temperature averages ...

Journal Staff

Talking Points : Spring 2015

News in Brief

Journal Staff