Animals Are Persons, Too
We know more about the complex inner lives of animals than ever before. Are we ready to recognize their right to be free?
Maureen Nandini Mitra

Feature Articles


In 2012, congress passed a long-overdue reform of federal flood insurance. Two years later, it reversed itself. What happened?

Bjorn Philip Beer

Drowned Heart

A Trip to Drought-Wracked Lake Powell Reveals the Lost Wonder of the “Cathedral in the Desert”

Jeremy Miller

Food Forest

In the Peruvian Amazon, Locally Managed Brazil Nut Forests Keep Deforestation at Bay

Benjamin D. Hodgdon

After The Ax

Following decades of unbridled clear-cutting, a tiny Caribbean island begins its botanical comeback

Patrick Holian


DC’s Poor Sandbagged in Flood Preparations
It’s a well-known twist of fate that the capital of the United States was built on malarial marshland. Major sites including the National Archives and the Jefferson Monument, the Justice Department ...
Johanna Hoffman


What Is a Critter Worth?

On the value of wolves and eagles, ravens and squirrels

Eric Freedman

Evolution of an Idea

A timeline of thoughts on animals

Maureen Nandini Mitra

To Our Readers

All in the Family

“Is altruism possible across species borders? And – the crucial question – can an entire species learn to shape its behavior, to its own cost, for the good of other species?” Those were some o...

Jason Mark

Digging Deeper

Smoke ‘Em Out: Time to Kick Big Oil from the Global Climate Talks

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, the 400,000 people gathered for the People’s Climate March in New York City took a moment of silence for those whose lives have already been lost because of cli...

Anna Lappé

Earth Island Reports

Greenwash Action

Defending Real Sustainability Standards

Jason Grant

1000 Words

Leave No Trace

Martin Hill

Journal Staff


Wendell Berry

Farmer. Poet, novelist, essayist. Agrarian philosopher. For more than 40 years Wendell Berry has been warning us about the moral, social, and ecological bankruptcy of industrial society. His influence...

David Kupfer

In Review

No Time to Spare

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
By Naomi Klein
Simon & Schuster, 2014, 576 pages

Tom Athanasiou


Social Change Is Magic

Doorae Shin

Talking Points

Talking Points : Winter 2015

Energy MattersNuclear Waste – It’s what’s for dinner!For as long as we’ve been producing nuclear waste, we’ve been wondering what to do with it. Now, researchers from the University of Manch...

Journal Staff