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Table Talk Taking Grains Back to their Roots When humans began domesticating wheat sometime around 7500 BC, they most often selected plants that boasted high and consistent yields. While this may have...


Grand Folly

The Grand Canyon is already overrun with tourist infrastructure. Two proposed mega-developments threaten to make the situation worse.

Christopher Ketcham

Funny Money

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Record breaker: 2014 was the hottest year on record, according to climatologists. This map from NASA shows global temperature averages ...


Power Play

The oil and gas industry’s political connections and lobbying prowess are well known. Its ties to intelligence and law enforcement agencies have become just as formidable.

Adam Federman

Monsanto’s Spin Machine Grinds On

In the fall of 1962, a group of chemical companies including Monsanto – at the time the largest producer of the cancer-causing chemical compound, PCB – launched a full-throttle public relations ca...

Anna Lappé

The New Greenspeak

To inspire activism, we need more than managerialism

Simon P. James

Green Life

Helping Rebuild Lives Post-Incarceration


Dr. Sylvia Earle

Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle is sometimes fondly referred to as “Her Deepness.” She has set records for solo diving, lived in underwater laboratories, and navigated dark corners of the oceans in...

Zoe Loftus-Farren

Earth Island Project Support

Nurturing Diverse Initiatives to Save Our Shared Planet

Zoe Loftus-Farren

Unconventional Agriculture

Our food systems are changing for the better thanks to a rising crop of women farmers.

Sena Christian

L.A. Underground

In the US’ Second Largest City, Oil Infrastructure is a “Normal” Part of the Landscape. Grassroots Activists are Trying to Change That.

James William Gibson with Photographs by Heather Cleary

Creatures of Chance

The Meaning of Human Existence
By Edward O. Wilson
W.W. Norton & Co., 2014, 208 pages

Mark J. Palmer

Swimming in Oil

The fish, famously, doesn’t know it swims in water. The line could also describe our relationship to fossil fuels. It’s commonly said that our reliance on oil and gas resembles a drug addiction, y...

Jason Mark

Amid Farmland, an Oil Field

The Oxnard Oil Field in Ventura County, California doesn’t fit the stereotypical image of an oil patch. There are few pumpjacks bobbing away like in the dusty fields of Kern County, nor any massive ...

Natalie Cherot

Rose Colored Glasses

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
By Diane Ackerman
WW Norton, 2014, 344 pages

Jason Mark

Letters and Emails

No Beings Are Lesser Letters to the Editoreditor@earthisland.org Letters to the Editor Earth Island Journal 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460 Berkeley, CA 94704 The Winter 2015 cover story (“Animals Are P...


Old Timers

Rachel Sussman


Keeping It Real

When our daughter was four, we went canoeing and camping in Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia for three nights with another family, whose daughter was three. The girls entertained themselve...

Paul Keeling