Oil trains are crisscrossing the US and Canada with volatile cargo, yet many communities are unrepared for an accident.
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
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...
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.
Earth Island Reports
A Simple Question: Where Does Your Water Come From?
Let’s Clean Up the Beach
All One Ocean
The Folly of Man
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, ...
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...
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 a p...
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
Feral Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding By George Monbiot Allen Lane, 2013, 316 pages
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?
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 conservati...
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 countrie...
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
Local News from All Over : Summer 2014
Around the World
Powering the Clouds
Computer server farms that sustain the Web also require massive amounts of electricity
Notes from a Warming World : Summer 2014
Heard This One Before Heat waves, torrential rains, declining food stocks, melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, dying coral, and millions of people displaced by rising seas – the latest blockbuster...