Torch Smog

Can Beijing clean its air before the Olympics?

Kathryn Minnick

Crystal Durham

At age 17, Crystal Durham exhibited the growing pains typical of so many teenagers. Eager to get away from her parents’ home in northern California and find her own way in the world, she headed sout...

Audrey Webb

From the Editor

The Classroom Outside

Jason Mark

Bird’s-Eye View

At first glance, the images resemble an Abstract Expressionist canvas – the more vivid paintings of Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park” series, or something by Mark Rothko. The shades within the...

EI Staff

Taking Care of Business

Are Corporate-Funded Research Programs Influencing the Search for Environmental Solutions?

Sonya Huber


Fission Omission The article “Fission Division” in the Autumn 2007 issue is based on the false premise that nuclear power is somehow worthy of consideration as an alternative to energy sources tha...

EI Staff

Greening the Ivory Tower

Campuses Make Sustainability a Core Curriculum

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

Boiling Point

The Campus Climate Movement Plays Political Hardball

Kiki Namika

Temperature Gauge

Nothing’s the Matter with Kansas

EI Staff

The Great Green North

Many campuses have adopted clean energy policies to reduce their carbon footprint. courtesy of Tom Kimmerer, AASHE Canadian students have flocked to join or start sustainability initiatives on their c...

Megan Tady

Planet Earth

Produced by BBC Films and the Discovery Channel. Narrated by David Attenborough. Five DVDs. Dig deep into your imagination, and please remember, there are no right answers. If you could build somethin...

Ben Schmerler

Local News from All Over

Local News from All Over

EI Staff

Life in a Fishbowl The tanks in most aquarium shops display a beautiful abundance of underwater life. Striped butterfly fish zip around deep purple coral. Orange anthias dance around bulbous sea anemones...

David Gelles

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

by Eric Jay Dolin. 373 pages, hardcover. W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. Was there ever a more romantic, legendary occupation in American history than the whaling industry, pitting men, hand-held harpoons, a...

Mark J. Palmer

Earth Island Project Reports

Earth Island Institute welcomes two new projects: The California Student Sustainability Coalition and Bay Localize. The California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) unites and empowers the Calif...

EI Staff

Trash Collectors

Venezuela’s Geografía Viva improves quality of life through composting education in elementary schools. Vicente Emilio Sojo Bolivarian School is tucked into the labyrinth of streets and corridors o...

Michael Fox

Erica Fernandez

Growing up in a small town in Mexico, I was delighted to be surrounded by the beauty of nature, and to always be able to enjoy clean air. Only a few people had the privilege of owning a car, and so we...

Erica Fernandez

Earth Island In The News

Kids For The Bay

Jason Mark

Expeditionary Learning Guides Students on a New Path

The upper-middle class suburb of Stapleton outside Denver, CO, would probably not spring to mind were you to think about where some of the most radical ideas in education are thriving. There is nothin...

Adam Spangler

Turkey Learns Green Lessons

It was mid-afternoon in the ancient city of Ephesus and the temperature was hitting 115°F. The marble walls reflected the heat, turning the ruins into a huge solar cooker. Wilting tourists scuttled f...

Gar Smith


with David Orr

EI Staff