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

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… Continue Reading →

Can the Environmental Movement Carry a ‘Green Wave’ Into 2020?

By Nathaniel Stinnett Americans are finally beginning to understand the severity of the climate crisis. Nearly three-quarters of Americans now say global warming is “personally important” to them, even as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that we… Continue Reading →

15,000 Wild Jaguars Left, Humans Must Work Together Across Borders to Protect

By Lucy EJ Woods In early April the mutilated body of a jaguar was discovered in Mexico’s Yaxchilán Natural Monument. Researchers investigating the death quickly concluded that the animal, which had been tracked in neighboring Guatemala since 2015, had crossed… Continue Reading →

Ruby Mountains: A Push to Drill, a Failure to Consult Native Peoples

By Tiffany Higgins It’s a frigid December morning when I meet Chairman Joseph Holley at the Te-Moak tribal headquarters in Elko, Nevada, seven hours north of Las Vegas. Holley, tall and round-faced, offers me a cup of coffee. He has… Continue Reading →

Plastic Pollution: Could We Have Solved the Problem Nearly 50 Years Ago?

By Erica Cirino There’s plastic in seabirds, in the middle of the remote Pacific Ocean, even in people. It’s a challenge to turn to the news these days without reading or hearing the latest horror story about plastic pollution. These… Continue Reading →

Trashing the Planet: 15 New Books About Garbage, Climate Change and Endangered Species

By John R. Platt There’s nothing disposable about the ideas presented in this month’s new environmental books. The authors on March’s list have pulled out all the stops, with several books about garbage and pollution, the perils of climate change,… Continue Reading →

Our Food Is Killing the Planet — But It Doesn’t Have To

By John R. Platt The world needs to change the way it eats, not just as individuals but as a society. That’s the message from a groundbreaking report issued last month by the EAT-Lancet Commission, which made a series of… Continue Reading →

How Removing One Maine Dam 20 Years Ago Changed Everything

By Tara Lohan More than 1,000 people lined the banks of the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, on July 1, 1999. They were there to witness a rebirth. The ringing of a bell signaled a backhoe on the opposite bank… Continue Reading →

The Four Most Thought-Provoking Environmental Books Coming in February

By John R. Platt This month sees the publication of four striking new environmental books, at least two of which promise to make a stir. Let’s start with the big one: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells…. Continue Reading →

Trump Administration Drills Down on Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

By Tim Lydon The Trump administration is barreling ahead with plans to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest refuge in the country and an area of global ecological importance. Many refer to the coastal plain… Continue Reading →

Is the Trump Administration ‘Gaming the Shutdown’ to Serve Energy and Hunting Special Interests?

By Tara Lohan Two years into the Trump administration, its attacks on environmental regulations, policy and science are already well documented. But the current partial government shutdown, now more than a month long, provides a unique lens through which to… Continue Reading →

Shutdown, Drilling and Coal: The Trump Administration’s Holiday Gifts to the World

By Tara Lohan President Trump didn’t exactly lie low over the holidays. The battle over border-wall funding and the announced departures of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stole most of the headlines, but they were hardly… Continue Reading →

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