• photo of a culverted creek running through a neighborhoodCasualties of War
    Is radioactive waste from the World War II era killing people in St. Louis?.
    By Lori Freshwater
  • photo of a worker in an anti-contamination suit looking out over an industrial site near the seaLiving in Limbo
    Five years after the Fukushima meltdown, Japan’s nuclear energy program is still being met with resistance.
    By Winifred Bird
  • photo of elk grazing in a wide grassland, tower of a wind turbine and tall mountains behind themRepurposing Rocky Flats
    The transformation of a heavily polluted nuclear site into a wilderness refuge raises questions about the implications of hiding our tainted environmental past.
    By Eric Freedman

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A Recipe for Change?

In Review: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

By Michael PollanPenguin Press, 2013, 480 pages In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan describes his personal journey of stepping away from processed and packaged foods toward cooking from scratch, and highlights the grievous consequences of industrial modernity in the…
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There’s No Place Like Home

Tiny houses in Eugene, Oregon, provide the formerly homeless with a sense of ownership and community

Rhonda Harding was working as a live-in health care provider when she became homeless. Her client passed away, and Harding couldn’t find other housing. "Since I was technically not on his lease, I had nowhere else to go," she says. © SquareOne…
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Living Near Greenery May Increase Your Lifespan

Proximity to trees and other plants decreases mortality rates from cancer, respiratory disease, study suggests

Many of us plant trees, shrubs, and other plants around our homes to beautify our surroundings. A study published earlier this month in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals that this attractive greenery has another significant benefit as well — people living in greener…
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The War Against Iceland’s Highlands

Proposed dams threaten Iceland’s isolated, ecologically sensitive interior

As massive protests erupted in Iceland earlier this month over the prime minister’s secretive offshore investments, another storm is brewing in the country’s central highlands. Energy companies are pushing the center-right government to build a slew of dams through the country’s interior,…
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New Discovery: A Massive Reef System at the Mouth of the Amazon River

But this unique 600-mile long reef is already threatened by oil drilling

Could coral reefs have anything to do with the Amazon River? Apparently so. In case you missed this new finding among the sea of reports about the impending demise of coral reefs (especially the Great Barrier Reef) across the world, here’s the…
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The Indigenous Protectors of the World’s Most Sacred Places

Around the world, Indigenous groups are working to safeguard and restore besieged sacred sites

Back in the 1990s, there was an intense debate among my Native American friends about whether public education about sacred places would be a good idea. One activist argued forcefully that: “Sacred places don’t need a PR campaign. They need ceremony and…
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The Plight of Swaziland’s Pangolins

Poachers target little-known mammal to satisfy growing demand in Asia

Pangolins are the most trafficked animals in Southern Africa. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) calls them “the most traded wild animal” in the world, yet many people have never seen or heard about them. Photo…
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Earth Island’s Director of Project Support talks about what has been taking her to Marin County every Saturday for more than 20 years.
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Global Women’s Water Initiative executive director discusses the importance of engaging and training women as leaders in social enterprises.
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Killing to Conserve

Does it make sense to cull one protected species to help save another?
By Jim Yuskavitch

Sea Change

What the wasting disease afflicting sea stars tells us about our oceans.
By Eric Wagner

1000 Words: Linda Gass

An artist’s quest to understand the relationship between humans, water, and land that sustains us