Bombing North Dakota
Living amid the Bakken Oil Boom
James William Gibson

Feature Articles

Hunters of the Scottish Skies

Last seen in the British Isles a century ago, white-tailed eagles are now being reintroduced to one of their ancestral homes.

Patrick Holian

Heart of Darkness

For centuries the people of the Faroe Islands survived by hunting whales. In the twenty-first century, the tradition persists – not only because some people there like to eat whales, but because they enjoy killing them.

Helene Hesselager O’Barry

Fueling the Tiger

The US Coal Industry Wants to Boost Exports to Asia – Native American Tribes Stand in the Way

Kari Lydersen

Missing the Forest for the Trees

Uganda believes tree plantations are a perfect solution to the nation's deforestation crisis. Critics say planting non-native trees causes more harm than good.

Hilary Heuler

Rumble in the Jungle

Palm oil companies are destroying forests in Indonesia and Malaysia. Some communities are fighting back.

David Gilbert

To Our Readers

Keep Pushing

On the morning after the 2012 US elections, the financial markets delivered their unique take on the ballot results. In the space of a few hours, Wall Street pummeled coal company stocks. Shares of Pe...

Jason Mark

Earth Island Reports


A Clearinghouse for Shared Information on King Coal

Ted Nace

Getting Urban Youth into The Great Outdoors

Bay Area Wilderness Training

Julia Burdette

Earth Island Institute Welcomes Three New Projects

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1000 Words

Blast from the Past

Laura Cunningham

Malcom Margolin


Sandra Steingraber

photo Dede Hatch Sandra Steingraber’s gentle voice belies her fierce outrage at the destruction of Earth and human life, a rage that has driven her to devote herself to combating the chemical con...

Maureen Nandini Mitra

In Review

One in a Million

The Kingdom of Rarities
By Eric Dinerstein
Island Press, 2013, 336 pages

Adam Federman

Dream a Little Dream

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy
By James Gustave Speth
Yale University Press, 2012, 272 pages

Tom Athanasiou


Up with Young People

Back in 2009, when I was 13 years old, I started looking for ways to become engaged in political activism. I was just beginning to define my political identity and to feel out the personal meaning of ...

Asa Needle


Car Talk

What’s the Greenest Way to Go?

Plug In, Drop Out

+Jim Motavalli is the author most recently of High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry (Rodale), and is a contributor to The New York Times, Car Talk at NPR, and the Mother Nature Net...

Jim Motavalli

Re-use, Recycle, Re-fuel

-Don Scott is the director of sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board. Prior to joining the National Biodiesel Board, he was an environmental engineer for the Missouri Department of Natural Re...

Don Scott

Talking Points

Germany Leads the “Energy Turn”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was trained as quantum chemist, and as a doctoral candidate studied subatomic reactions, so it was no surprise that as she started her political career she became an ou...

Gar Smith

Notes from a Warming World: Winter 2013

CO2 for DummiesExcess carbon dioxide, we know, is dangerous for the health of the planet’s atmosphere and oceans. Turns out that too much CO2 can also be bad for the human brain. A new study fin...

Journal Staff

Local News from All Over: Winter 2013

AntarcticaCold Water for Ocean ProtectionIn a frustratingly familiar scenario, major nations in November failed to protect from exploitation vast stretches of the seas around Antarctica. The Commissio...

Journal Staff