From Water Bearers to Water Providers

Global Women’s Water Initiative

Gemma Bulos

The Naturalist We Know Nothing About

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
by Andrea Wulf
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015, 496 pages

Gerry Wigenbach

Casualties of War

Radioactive waste from the nation’s atomic past could be connected to the high number of cancers and rare illnesses in North St. Louis County.

Lori Freshwater

Battling Big Oil in Texas

A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas
by Adam Briggle
Liverlight Publishing Corporation, 2015, 336 pages

Mark J. Palmer

Beauty in Truth

Linda Gass


The Something I Do

“Because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do…” —Edward Everett Hale For more than 20 years I have spent my Saturday nights volunteering as part of a team ...

Susan Kamprath

Lest We Forget

“Drinking a glass of water shouldn’t be risky business,” I wrote in the previous issue of this magazine. Sadly, the unfolding crisis in Flint, Michigan – where people’s drinking water has be...

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Living in Limbo

Five years after the meltdown in Fukushima, the Japanese government’s effort to reboot its nuclear energy program is still being met with resistance.

Winifred Bird

Letters and Emails

Bellwethers The Journal’s treatment of DuPont’s toxic cover-up (“Teflon’s Toxic Legacy,” Winter 2016) was forceful, carefully reported, well-contextualized, and constructive....


Repurposing Rocky Flats

The transition of a heavily polluted nuclear site into a wilderness refuge raises questions about the implications of hiding our tainted environmental past.

Eric Freedman, Photos by Michael Kodas

Local News from All Over

photo Flickr user Le NinersCapitalizing on poor air quality in Chinese cities, Canadian company Vitality Air is selling fresh air bottled in Alberta’s Banff National Park. Overheard For a Breath of ...


Killing to Conserve

Is it effective, or ethical, to cull one protected species to help another?

Jim Yuskavitch

Un-bottling Water

photo Taneli MielikäinenNational Parks are banning plastic in favor of refillable water bottle hydration stations. The majestic half-dome of Yosemite. The psychedelic-colored hot springs of Yellowsto...

Anna Lappé

Rhea Suh

The so-called “Big Green” groups have a diversity problem. They are overwhelmingly white, and the top leadership is predominantly male. Rhea Suh, now in her second year as president of the Natural...

Zoe Loftus-Farren

Sharing Conservation Success Stories

Wild Hope

Kathryn Arnold

Sea Change

The wasting disease afflicting sea stars is but one of many indications that a warmer ocean is a sicker ocean.

Eric Wagner