Warning: Highly Flammable
Oil trains are crisscrossing the US and Canada with volatile cargo, yet many communities are unrepared for an accident.
Adam Federman

Feature Articles

The Big Dry

A Twenty-First Century Water War Erupts in Texas

James William Gibson

It’s a Hardrock Life

In Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods, a big battle over iron-ore extraction is pitting environmentalists and Native Americans against mining companies and their political allies.

Mary Catherine O’Connor

“We came back to Struggle”

Indigenous communities in Honduras are fighting against new mining projects

Sandra Cuffe

Gemstone Mountain

In a remote Cambodian province, children as young as seven risk their lives mining for a shiny blue rock

Jennifer Meszaros and Gabriele Stoia

To Our Readers

A Deadly Business

The ploy was so shameless and obvious that it gave concern-trolling a bad name. In January, US and Canadian accident investigators, in a rare joint statement, warned their governments that an oil-by-r...

Jason Mark


Plastic Microbeads: Don’t Use as Directed

These beads are so small they wash down the drain, escape wastewater treatment plants and are carried straight to rivers, lakes, and the oceans.

Annie Leonard

Earth Island Reports

A Simple Question: Where Does Your Water Come From?

Wholly H2O

Elizabeth Dougherty

Let’s Clean Up the Beach

All One Ocean

Lauren Weiner

1000 Words

The Folly of Man

Michael Kerbow

Journal Staff


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

In mid-March, 30 US Senators pulled an all-nighter on the Senate floor as one after another got up to speak about the clear and present danger of global climate change. The 15-hour talkathon was not, ...

Jason Mark


After the Fire
As they try to cope with the trauma of losing so many of their neighbors, friends and family members, residents of Lac-Mégantic have been forced to grapple with another ordeal: fear that the oil trai...
Adam Federman
If It’s Brown, Drink It Down
Timing, they say, is everything. In the late 1990s, government officials in San Diego, worried that just 10 percent of the municipal water supply came from local sources, approached residents with...
Juliet Grable
A Postmodern Water Frontier
While many large cities in Texas are trying to grab water to support massive growth, there are some that have adopted promising water-conservation practices that offer a glimpse of what an alternative...
James William Gibson

In Review

Wild Things

Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding
By George Monbiot
Allen Lane, 2013, 316 pages

Jason Mark

Dining on Weeds

Dandelion Hunter
Foraging the Urban Wilderness
By Rebecca Lerner
Lyons Press, 2013, 215 pages

Maureen Nandini Mitra


Shoot to Save?

Is hunting animals a viable conservation strategy?

Journal Staff

Hunters Value Wildlife

+Joe Hosmer is the president of Safari Club International Foundation, a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting wildlife conservation through sustainable use. Hunting is vital to the conser...

Joe Hosmer

Hunting Is a Setback to Wildlife Conservation

-Teresa M. Telecky, PhD is the director of the wildlife department for Humane Society International. Nearly 40 years ago, Kenya banned trophy hunting. Within the past two years, other African count...

Teresa M. Telecky, PhD


A Prayer for Earth

For many people of faith, environmental issues fall outside the realm of religion. But that is beginning to change. It turns out that religions have a large role to play in protecting what we refer to...

The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham

Talking Points

Local News from All Over : Summer 2014

Around the World

Journal Staff

Powering the Clouds

Computer server farms that sustain the Web also require massive amounts of electricity

Journal Staff

Notes from a Warming World : Summer 2014

Heard This One BeforeHeat waves, torrential rains, declining food stocks, melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, dying coral, and millions of people displaced by rising seas – the latest blockbuster ...

Journal Staff