Arc of Desperation

Venezuela’s decision to open up the Orinoco Belt to mining threatens the Amazon rainforest.

Bram Ebus

Inaction Isn’t An Option

A few years ago, my family and I visited Redwood National Park in Northern California. Coast redwoods, which can grow up to 350 feet high and 22 feet wide, are the tallest trees the world. As we trave...

Ted Lieu

Food for Thought

A simple loaf of bread can cost more than $800 in Venezuela today. I haven’t been able to push this absurd, disturbing figure out of my mind ever since our art director pointed it out as we were wor...

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Sharing Our Spaces

Muralist Roger Peet

Erin Banks Rusby

Letters and Emails

Invisible Letters to the EditorEarth Island Journal 2150 Allston Way #460 Berkeley, CA 94704 “America’s Toxic Prisons” (Summer 2017) is an amazing piece of writing, well r...


Pachamama’s Blood

Ecuador’s Sápara people are developing strategies to fend off the dual threats of oil development and climate change.

Gleb Raygorodetsky

Local News from All Over

Call of the WildThe Harry Potter EffectYou’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books or seen one of the eight movies based on them by now. The serie...


Heavy Metal

The debate over how to regulate lead ammunition is heating up in Oregon.

Jim Yuskavitch

De-Junking Paradise

Like many of its Pacific Island neighbors, Vanuatu faces astronomical rates of chronic, preventable, diet-related illnesses. These diseases have skyrocketed over the past several decades as local food...

Anna Lappé

“We’re All in the Same Boat”

Mustafa Ali

Zoe Loftus-Farren

Cycling for Social Change

Changing Gears

Barry Luck

An Unraveling Web

Along the California coast, first responders and researchers work tirelessly to rescue marine mammals from a life-threatening toxin.

Jeremy Miller

Sowing Seeds of Solar


Dena Montague

Working with Nature

Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health
By Emily Monosson
Island Press, 2017, 200 pages


Cuba Verde

As the long-isolated Caribbean nation opens up to global markets, will its low-carbon ecological adaptations endure?

Bill Weinberg

A Western Love Story

Because It Is So Beautiful: Unraveling the Mystique of the American West
By Robert Leonard Reid
Counterpoint Press, 2017, 308 pages

Gerry Wigenbach