South America AFRICA
Fair vs. Local
“Food miles,” a term used to describe the distance food travels from farm to plate, may not be the best way to measure ...
City of Cast-Offs
Jorge Lopez works shirtless among a mountain of wooden pallets along the cluttered banks of Tijuana’s swampy Arroyo Alamar. He stacks the best pallets to one side and busts others into boards, pilin...
Photos by Guillermo Arias Essay by William Hillyard
Dr. Jane Goodall
From a very early age, Jane Goodall showed a keen interest in observing animals. One day, when she was four, she spent hours crouching in a henhouse trying to see how a hen laid an egg. By the time sh...
How Our Best Intentions Went Up in Smoke
Apoorva Rangan and Adarsha Shivakumar
Breathe … Not So Easy
Now that the EPA has defined carbon dioxide as a pollutant under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, we should probably mutter “Beg pardon” whenever we respire. On average, an adult human gulps d...
Silver Bullet or Tiny Terror?
Nanotechnology Promises and Perils…
Jessica A. Knoblauch
The Value of Nothing
How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy by Raj Patel 250 pages, Picador Press, 2009
Notes from a Warming World
The headlines hardly seemed news. At the beginning of the year, Greenwire and Reuters reported that nearly half of US money managers ignore climate risks when making investment decisions...
To Drill or Not to Drill
A Natural Gas Rush in the Northeast Is Forcing Farmers to Choose Between Income and Land.
Heart of Dryness
by James Workman 323 pages, Walker Publishing, 2009
Native Plant Propagation on a California Island
The Likely Removal of Four Dams on the Klamath River Will Mark the Largest Dam Decommissioning in History. An Unlikely Alliance of Farmers, Fishermen, Ranchers, and Indians Made It Happen.
by Andrew Darby 300 pages, De Capo Press, 2007
Mark J. Palmer
China Rivers Project
Rafting Through Heaven
What’s for Dinner?
Directed by Robert Stone American Experience, 100 minutes
World’s 10 Best Destinations
Animals Are Essential To Sustainable Food
As Senior Attorney at Waterkeeper Alliance, Nicolette Hahn Niman sought to improve conditions at livestock operations. Today she and her husband Bill, founder of Niman Ranch, raise grass-based cattle,...
Nicolette Hahn Niman
Subject to Debate
A funny thing happened on the way to Copenhagen. On the eve of the climate summit, Annie Leonard – the creator of the Internet phenomenon “The Story of Stuff” – threw a stink bomb into the deb...
Earth Island Institute is proud to announce its two newest projects:
Mongol Environmental Conservation is dedicated to bringing together stakeholders to protect the environment, natural resources, and...
There’s No Reason to Eat Animals
A vegetarian since her teenage years, Lindsay Rajt manages grassroots campaigns at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Rajt has coordinated campaigns targeting KFC’s “torture” of chicke...
Letters & E-mails
Say It Proud
In his essay about the growing “re-enchantment with nature” (“World of Wonder,” Winter), William Gibson is correct in arguing that this movement is key if we are to have any succe...
Campaign to Save Japan Dolphins Enters Critical Phase
Mark J. Palmer
Cash for Trash
Brazil’s Unemployed Catadores Keep Recycling Rates High while Earning Much-Needed Cash.