What’s the Beef?
Lab-grown meat could resolve the environmental and ethical problems of industrial agriculture. But will anyone eat it?
Tom Levitt

Feature Articles

Rough Waters Ahead

A Rafting Trip Through Utah’s Desolation Canyon, One of the West’s Great Unprotected Wildernesses, Under the Shadow of Oil and Gas Development

Jeremy Miller

Science Friction

We Like to Believe Science is the Ultimate Trump Card. Time to Think Again.

Robert Cabin

Green – It Seems

Despite all the fine print on consumer labels, we still know very little about what goes into the products we use everyday

Elizabeth Grossman

After the Flood

Dams across the United States are being decommissioned and rivers restored to their natural flow. As scientists are learning, tearing down the barriers is just the first step in returning a river to health.

Juliet Grable

The Yampa River

Flowing Free, For Now

Susan Bruce

To Our Readers

Trust Us, We’re Experts

“Scientists say …” If you’ve been involved in environmental politics for any amount of time, you’ve seen some version of that phrase before. Perhaps it was on a green group press release, or...

Jason Mark


There’s Nothing Fishy Here: A Response from Conservation International

Thirteen years ago, I first traveled with a scientific expedition team to Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands, an extremely remote and unexplored oceanic coral archipelago in the Central Pacific that was, un...

Journal Staff

Earth Island Reports

Shark Stewards

Fighting to Save the Oceans’ Top Predators

David McGuire

Finding Natural Wonders in Urban Areas

Nature in the City

Amber Hasselbring

1000 Words

Dave Imus

America, Rediscovered

Journal Staff


Michael Pollan

photo Alia Malley Michael Pollan’s garden lives up to expectations. There is, naturally, a vegetable patch. He’s got a couple of well-loved stalks of lacinato kale, a few unruly tomato plants p...

Jason Mark

In Review

Friend or Frenemy?

Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police
By Rob Evans And Paul Lewis
Faber and Faber, 2013, 352 pages

Adam Federman

A for Effort

Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America
By Jon Mooallem
Penguin, 2013, 339 pages

Jason Mark


Time to Put Conservation Back in Conservatism

I used to be what you might call a “conservative.” While an economics student at Georgetown, I believed that progress was the removal of government oversight and barriers to trade. I believed in t...

Bjorn Philip Beer


Peak Oil – Are We There Yet?

Ten years ago, an academic named Richard Heinberg published a book that landed like a bomb. The Party’s Over predicted that global oil production would soon peak, forcing tectonic changes for indust...

Journal Staff

Peak Oil as Wishful Thinking

Tom Athanasiou is the director of the Earth Island-sponsored project EcoEquity and a member of the Greenhouse Development Rights authors’ group. His interests focus on distributive justice within th...

Tom Athanasiou

Preparedness Matters More than CO2 Targets

Aaron G. Lehmer-Chang is an author, activist, and social entrepreneur. He is also a member of the Oakland Food Policy Council and co-founder of Bay Localize, a project of Earth Island Institute. If...

Aaron G. Lehmer-Chang

Talking Points

Local News from All Over: Winter 2014

AfricaStork PatrolFirst arrested on suspicion of spying, then set free only to be hunted down and cooked up – things didn’t work out well for Menes the white stork. The unfortunate episode occu...

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Notes from a Warming World: Winter 2014

Climate Change Winners

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