• slice of an artwork depicting a desert scene, wildlife and livestock drinking from a small pondThe Big Dry
    A 21st Century Water War Erupts in Texas.
    By James William Gibson
  • photo of burned railcars in a heapWarning: Highly Flammable
    Oil trains are crisscrossing North America with volatile cargo, yet many communities
    are unprepared for an accident.
    By Adam Federman
  • photo of people drumming and singing in a forestIt’s a Hardrock Life
    In Wisconsin, a battle over iron ore extraction pits environmentalists and Native Americans against mining companies. By Mary Catherine O’Connor
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In Review: War of the Whales

A gripping tale of how two environmentalists took on the US Navy to save our ocean’s giants

Joshua Horowitz has come up with an outstanding book about whales, the environment, and the clash between whales and the US Navy. Deeply researched over six years, this well paced and exciting book is both an education in whale and acoustic science…
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All Together Now!

Environmental organizers busy laying plans for the People’s Climate March

If everything goes according to plan, the People’s Climate March could be the largest climate demonstration in the United States to date. On September 20 and 21, waves of citizens will descend on New York City to show public support for the…
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The Anti-Label Lobby

Industry lobbying boils over in bid to block labeling of genetically engineered food

Companies and organizations opposed to labeling foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients disclosed $9 million in lobbying expenditures that made reference to GE labeling in the first quarter of 2014 – nearly as much as they spent in all of 2013. The…
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Safety Clearance of Sendai Nuclear Power Plant Doesn’t Reassure Residents

Starting this fall, nuclear power could once again be part of Japan’s long-term energy mix

For most of the three-and-a-half years since the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant forced over 150,000 people from their homes and overturned the broader population’s faith in the “myth of nuclear safety,” the country’s 48 nuclear reactors have stood…
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Ocean Acidification Is an Imminent Threat for Alaska Fishing Communities

Communities in southeast and southwest Alaska face the highest risk, says NOOA-led report

Keeping Alaska’s fisheries wild and sustainable is going to be a serious challenge in the years ahead as our oceans become more acidic, and that in turn, is going put many Alaskans’ subsistence way of life at risk, says a new report.…
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Federal Coal Leasing Undermining Obama’s Climate Goals

Coal mining on public lands could wipe out power plant reforms, Greenpeace report finds

A report published today by Greenpeace highlights a growing contradiction in government policies on one of the dirtiest of fossil fuels: coal. In June, the Obama administration announced a plan to crack down on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Meanwhile, the federal Bureau of…
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Time in the Wilderness Supplies Lessons for (Planetary) Survival

In celebration of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary

Ah, summertime — the season for getaways to the great outdoors. Maybe that means a lazy float trip down the Russian River, a weekend at the beach, or camping at the nearest state park. If you're especially intrepid, getting away might involve…
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Voices

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
The Rhode Island Democrat is on a crusade to wake up Americans to the threat of global warming.
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A Prayer for Earth
The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham on how her faith fuels her environmental activism.
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Shoot to Save?
Humane Society International and Safari Club International debate whether hunting can help conserve wildlife.
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Readers Poll
What do you think? Is hunting animals a viable conservation strategy?
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