Canada’s Tar Sands Are Dirty, Dangerous … and Managed by Awfully Nice Folks. Does that Make them Ethically Just?
Ally Renewables with Natural Gas
Richard Ward is director of energy initiatives at the Aspen Science Center and senior energy advisor to the UN Foundation’s Energy Future Coalition. Ward was previously with Royal Dutch Shell, where...
Don’t Blame Canada
I’ve always been surprised that so many environmentalists, typically found on the political left, are such stalwart believers in the conservative doctrine of supply-side economics.
For proof, just l...
Brower Youth Awards
New Book Offers a Roadmap for Change Makers
Given the threat they pose to regional water and air quality and their especially heavy carbon footprint, the tar sands mines have attracted the ire of a broad range of environmental groups. ForestEth...
In the 1990s, Janine Benyus, a natural sciences writer and the author of several wilderness guides, began to pay close attention to how various organisms adapted to the ecosystems around them. That le...
Letters & Emails
I liked the “What You Can Do” inserts in earlier editions of the magazine. While I still enjoy the articles in the Journal, I miss the boxes urging readers to take some action. I did...
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Information Recycled, Reused, and Improved
After the Gold Rush?
The newest outpost of the global petroleum race is not far from the middle of nowhere. Two hours north of Edmonton the ranches and farms suddenly surrender to the vastness of Canada’s boreal forest ...
Riding the Long Wave
A writer paddles the Salish Sea and ponders the impacts of our society’s short attention span.
Local News from All Over
South America Africa Drop in the Bucket
Kalahari Bushmen have reason to rejoice. An appeals court in Botswana has ruled that the Indigenous dwellers of one of ...
Safeguarding the Great Migration
Oil companies are determined to build two massive new pipelines to transport crude from the tar sands. Local activists, concerned about spills and water quality, have geared up to fight them.
Drowning Academic Freedom
Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story Written, Produced, and Directed by Larkin McPhee
Notes from a Warming World
Fish – Fried Say goodbye to fish ‘n’ chips. Climate change could make the seas around Scandinavia too warm for Atlantic cod, and already some fishermen in northern seas are witnessing declines i...
Earth Island Institute welcomes two more new projects to our ever-growing family.
Changing Gears Bike Shop
Changing Gears offers used bicycle sales, full-service repairs, paid job training for formerl...
New Frontiers for Black Gold
Extracting oil from tar sands is technically difficult, environmentally destructive, and expensive. It’s also lucrative. No surprise, then, that countries around the world are sizing up their own ta...
Movements Beyond Movements
Fluoride, Toothpaste and the A-Bomb
Pollution, Pollution, You can use the latest toothpaste And then wash out your mouth With industrial waste.
When Harvard professor and humorist Tom Lehrer penned those lines in 1965, he probably had n...
Not a Pretty Picture
More than 500 cosmetics sold in the United States contain chemicals banned from beauty products in Europe, Canada, and Japan. A proposed law aims to change that.
Caution: Wide Load
For more than 40 years, Linwood Laughy and his wife Borg Hendrickson have lived on Highway 12, two miles from Kooskia, Idaho, the last stop on the two-lane highway before it winds deep into the Clearw...
A Child of Dystopia Reads Ecotopia
Ecotopia: The Novel of Your Future by Ernest Callenbach 181 pages, Bantam New Age Book, 1975
Campaign to Safeguard America’s Waters
Save the Whales! … And the Frogs and Fish!
If You Save It, Will They Come?
China’s New Parks
Gas Attack? … Or Friendly Fire?
At first, some environmentalists saw the natural gas boom as a way to promote a relatively carbon-light “bridge fuel” that would take us from dirty coal to clean renewables. Then concerns surfaced...
Still Crazy After All These Years
It was 35 years ago that I learned, first-hand, about the negative externalities of American driving. My friend and boss, Lonnie Light, and I were working in the West Texas oil patch when we had to go...
Sacred Land Film Project
Notes from Hallowed Ground
Running the Numbers
Natural Gas: A Bridge to Nowhere
As program director at Rainforest Action Network, Jennifer Krill helped lead campaigns to protect old growth forests and break America’s oil addiction. She is currently the executive director of EAR...
Can’t Find My Way Home
You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall by Colin Ellard 336 pages, Doubleday, 2009