How to Make ‘Farm-to-Closet’ Clothing a Reality

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan If I were to open my refrigerator, the origins of most of the food wouldn’t be too much of a mystery — the milk, cheese and produce all come from relatively nearby farms. I can tell from the labels on other packaged goods if […]

Storms and Rising Seas Threaten Coastal Ecosystems — Here’s What We Can Do

This post was originally published on this site By Jeff Peterson A century from now, the U.S. coastline will look very different from how it looks today. In the coming decades our beaches, wetlands and estuaries along the shore will be lost or degraded by a one-two punch of more severe storms and rising seas. […]

Strength in Numbers: November’s Best Environmental Books

This post was originally published on this site By John R. Platt An important theme runs through November’s new environmental books: We’re stronger together than apart. For one author that means fostering the ability of people and wildlife to coexist. For a group of experts, it involves working hard to adapt to the threats of […]

Tap Water Safety: There’s Good News and Bad News

This post was originally published on this site Sometimes our drinking water systems experience dangerous failures, such as the Flint lead poisoning disaster that made major news beginning in 2014. But outside those headline grabbing crises, how safe is our drinking. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group wants to help you answer that question. It has […]

Saving the Vaquita: New Promises and New Threats

This post was originally published on this site By John R. Platt Six months: That’s how much time Mexico now has to report on its progress to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) from extinction. None It’s a time-sensitive deadline. After years of decline, as few as 6 to 19 vaquitas survive in […]

The Story of Plastic: New Film Exposes the Source of Our Plastic Crisis

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan Prigi Arisandi, who founded the environmental group Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation, picks through a heap of worn plastic packaging in Mojokerto, Indonesia. Reading the labels, he calls out where the trash originated: the United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada. The logos […]

We’re Just Starting to Learn How Fracking Harms Wildlife

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan In January 2015 North Dakota experienced one of the worst environmental disasters in its history: A pipeline burst, spilling nearly 3 million gallons of briny, saltwater waste from nearby oil-drilling operations into two creek beds. The wastewater, which flowed all the way to the […]

Why Indigenous Hunting Is Essential to Forest Sustainability

This post was originally published on this site By Torsten Krause Many of us think of the Amazon as an untouched wilderness, but people have been thriving in these diverse environments for millennia. Due to this long history, the knowledge that Indigenous and forest communities pass between generations about plants, animals and forest ecology is […]

Fighting Water Privatization With ‘Blue Communities’

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan It was 1985 and privatization, deregulation and free trade were in the air. Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President Ronald Reagan were negotiating a free trade deal — a precursor to NAFTA. Among the goods it would cover: “Water, including … mineral waters […]

Asian Otters: Out of the Water and Into … a Café?

This post was originally published on this site By Elizabeth L. Bennett In recent years Asia’s otters have been subject to intense poaching, primarily for their pelts. Markets in East Asia greatly value their smooth, dense, water-adapted fur. At same time the poaching of live otters for sale in the pet trade has become an […]

Saving Coral Reefs — With Sex

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan Visitors walk slowly through a room of dimmed lights and glowing tanks that bring the mysteries of the sea into plain view. The Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is home to 900 different species — everything from brightly […]

Earth’s Hottest Month Lights a Fire for Progress

This post was originally published on this site By John R. Platt Well folks, we did it. July 2019 was the hottest month in recorded human history, with record-breaking temperatures in many parts of Europe, wildfires raging over tens of thousands of square miles of Arctic Alaska and Russia, and a staggering ice melt in […]

Report: ‘No Evidence That Fracking Can Operate Without Threatening Public Health’

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic fracturing — the process of blasting a cocktail of water and chemicals into shale to release trapped hydrocarbons — there were more questions than answers about environmental and public-health threats. That same year Josh Fox’s […]

Will the Future Be Rural?

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan Despite the warning signs — climate change, biodiversity loss, depleted soils and a shrinking supply of cheap energy — we continue to push along with an economy fueled by perpetual growth on a finite planet. We’ll need to reckon with this discrepancy. Much has […]

Who Eats Lemurs — and Why?

This post was originally published on this site By John R. Platt For years now conservationists have warned that many of Madagascar’s iconic lemur species face the risk of extinction due to rampant deforestation, the illegal pet trade and the emerging market for the primates’ meat. Yes, people eat lemurs, and the reasons they do […]

This Land: New Book Exposes the Biggest Threats to the Wild West

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan If you’re a lover of wilderness, wildlife, the American West and the public lands on which they all depend, then journalist Christopher Ketcham’s new book is required — if depressing — reading. In This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism and Corruption Are Ruining the American […]

Plastic, Insects, Salmon and Climate Change: The 13 Best Environmental Books of July

This post was originally published on this site By John R. Platt Summer is officially upon us, which means it’s time to pick the season’s best beach reads. And there’s no rule that says beach reads have to be frothy and lightweight. Why not choose compelling and informative instead? We’ve picked the best new environmentally […]

Cigarette Waste: New Solutions for the World’s Most-Littered Trash

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan By now it’s no secret that plastic waste in our oceans is a global epidemic. When some of it washes ashore — plastic bottles, plastic bags, food wrappers — we get a stark reminder. And lately one part of this problem has been most […]

Another Reason to Protect Elephants: Frogs Love Their Feet

This post was originally published on this site By John R. Platt Some of the tiniest creatures in Myanmar benefit from living near the largest species in the area. Newly published research reveals that frogs are laying their eggs in the rain-filled footprints of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), which then provide a safe home for […]

How Social Media Often Supports Animal Cruelty and the Illegal Pet Trade

This post was originally published on this site By Ashley Edes Whether you find it fascinating or disquieting, people recognize the inherent similarities between us and our closest primate relatives, especially the great apes. As a primatologist I regularly field questions ranging from how strong gorillas and chimpanzees are (very) to whether monkeys throw poop […]

‘Artifishal’: New Film Asks, Have We Reached the End of Wild?

This post was originally published on this site That salmon sitting in your neighborhood grocery store’s fish counter won’t look the same to you after watching Artifishal, a new film from Patagonia. The project, which got its start when Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard wanted to make a film about the arrogance of humankind, turned out […]

Dragon Quest: Australia Kicks off Search for Possibly Extinct Lizard

This post was originally published on this site By John R. Platt Got good eyesight and some time on your hands? Australia needs you. Zoos Victoria has issued a public appeal to help find a lizard species that hasn’t been credibly observed in 50 years. The Victorian grasslands earless dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla) was last seen […]

How Citizen Scientists Could Help Rescue Public Health From Polluters

This post was originally published on this site By Erica Cirino In the early 2000s, residents of a small, Rust Belt city called Tonawanda, New York, began noticing something strange: Over the years, it seemed, an increasing number of people were getting sick — primarily with cancer. None Tonawanda’s a highly industrial city with more […]

How to Protect Sharks From Overfishing

This post was originally published on this site By David Shiffman How can we better protect sharks and rays from overfishing? These related species — which, along with chimaeras, are known collectively as chondrichthyans — include some of the most threatened marine fishes in the world. Sharks and rays face a variety of threats depending […]

Extinction Risk and Rebellion: 15 Environmental Books Coming in June

This post was originally published on this site By John R. Platt When 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke to the British Houses of Parliament last month, she had harsh words for the politicians in the audience: “You did not act in time,” she said. Want to learn how not to be like the Houses […]

Can Congress Find the Political Will to Solve Our Flood Problems?

This post was originally published on this site By Tara Lohan It’s been the wettest 12 months on record in the continental United States. Parts of the High Plains and Midwest are still reeling from deadly, destructive and expensive spring floods — some of which have lasted for three months. Mounting bills from natural disasters […]