In late July, as the Eastern Seaboard sweated through the second punishing heat wave of a restless summer, it was difficult to know which was the worse environmental disaster: the just-barely-containe...
Notes from a Warming World
Which is more valuable: a country or an economy? Such was the existential question posed by a recent UN vote. The Association of Small Island States (AOSIS), a consortium of low-lyin...
Don’t Be Such a Scientist
by Randy Olson 216 pages, Island Press, 2009
We Are All Louisianans
About 7,000 years ago, global sea levels stabilized and the Mississippi River began creating a broad delta at the southern edge of North America. Over millennia, mud from the Missouri River, Ohio Rive...
“Ecocide”: The Fifth War Crime?
“What does it matter to us? Look away if it makes you sick.”
— Heinrich Himmler, in response to outrage about Auschwitz
That quote appeared at the top of an article in the Summer 1997 Earth Isla...
Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson
Paul Watson doesn’t care what you think. The captain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been putting himself between whales and harpoon ships for more than 30 years, preventing the killing...
Schneider’s Last Stand
Science as a Contact Sport by Stephen Schneider, PhD 290 pages, National Geographic Books, 2010
Despite a flood of information about the Gulf spill, there’s very little understanding of its impacts.
Announcing the 2010 BYA Winners!
Save the Date!
Not a Square to Spare
Toilet paper, it turns out, grows on trees
Leave the Leaves
Leaves are one of nature’s most miraculous creations. They tie it all together. They rise from the ground, reach to the sky, and bring life to the earth. Leaves do many good things – manufacture f...
Hide and Leak
BP’s Cleanup Is More Like a Cover up. Holding the Company Accountable Will Require Digging for the Truth.
Sustainable World Coalition
Got a Light?
Deserts vs. Big Solar
Environmentalists and Logging Companies in Canada Recently Inked One of the Biggest Conservation Agreements in History. Can the Deal Stick?
Letters & E-mails
A Question of Ethics
I read with interest your list of countries viewed as ethical tourism destinations (“Ethical Traveler,” Spring). But given the issue of climate change and the vast amount of f...
Project Survival Media
Solar Belongs on Rooftops
David Myers has spent 33 years as the head of various California land conservation organizations. For the past 16 years, he has been the Executive Director of The Wildlands Conservancy, which owns Cal...
A writer takes a journey into the dark and finds that there is a lot to see
Disaster in Another Language
The Oil Spill May Hit the Gulf’s Vietnamese Community Hardest
Elizabeth Grossman and Jason Mark
Plastic Pollution Coalition
The Bioplastic Labyrinth
To Fight Big Pollution, We Need Big Solar
As spokesperson for the Solar Energy Industries Association, the nonprofit national trade association of the solar industry, Monique Hanis represents 1,000 companies across the solar supply chain. Han...
From Grand Bargain to Devil’s Bargain
How the BP Disaster Sank the Climate Bill
Web of Destruction
Amy Westervelt and Innosanto Nagara
New Earth Island Projects
Earth Island Institute is proud to announce these new projects…
Sustainable Alliance of Nature and Design @ Ocean Beach (SAND@OB)
The purpose of SAND@OB is to preserve San Francisco’s Ocean Beach ...
By Peter Maas 288 pages, Knopf, 2009
Local News from All Over
South America Africa Shell Game
One of the few positives to come out of the BP gusher is a sudden awareness of the impact of offshore drilling throughout the r...
International Marine Mammal Project
The Cove Spurs Free-Speech Dialogue in Japan; IWC Spares Whaling Moratorium