Water in the DesertOctober 2015
From 1952 to 1981, a chemical used to clean airplanes contaminated the groundwater in a Tucson community. By the time the city stepped in, thousands were already sick or dying.
Women in the WorldOctober 2015
A leading researcher on the need to rescript our narratives about women and the environment.
The Age of LonelinessSeptember 2015
Boundaries of Nature: When have humans ever looked at something we need, or even just want, and walked away?
Reintroductions and Other TranslocationsAugust 2015
The water had been empty and now was full. This felt like what we should be doing with our human urge to meddle in natural affairs.
Avi Asher-Schapiro: Working in the Coal MineApril 2015
In the 19th and 20th centuries, energy workers were at the forefront of progressive social reform. Is a similar union possible in the current age of fracking, oil sands, and climate change?
Abrahm Lustgarten: Progress and Controversy Arrive With New Rules for Fracking on Public LandsMarch 2015
An initial review of rules issued by the Interior Department shows the federal government has taken important steps to protect drinking water resources, while not adopting the strictest regulations in place in some states.
Isaiah Thompson: Gov’t Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train RoutesNovember 2014
A ProPublica analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.
Jeremy Brecher: Our Climate Is Everyone’s PropertyOctober 2014
How the public trust doctrine can be a tool for the climate justice movement.
Todd Gitlin: A Change in the ClimateOctober 2014
The climate movement steps up.
Margaret Klein: We Need to TalkSeptember 2014
The founder of The Climate Mobilization talks with Bridget Read about how psychology—not science—may be the key to ending America’s climate denial.
Michael Klare: Oil Rush in AmericaSeptember 2014
How a global warming president presides over a drill-baby-drill America.
Abrahm Lustgarten: California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating AquifersJuly 2014
State’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted.
Daniel Moss: Victor Alvarado Champions Both Nature and the PoorMarch 2014
Mayors in Mexico work on a law against climate change as rich as the country's biodiversity.
Teow Lim Goh: SplitMarch 2014
Despite all the efforts to whitewash the dangers of nuclear power, we still remember its catastrophic potential.
Heather Samples: In the Land of the Heavy LiftingFebruary 2014
What the Elk River contamination tells us about a fading West Virginian mythos and the new meaning of Coal Country.
Ellen Cantarow: The Frontlines of FrackingJanuary 2014
What if fracking came to a town near you?
Michael Klare: The Death of Peak Oil?January 2014
Shale oil has changed the timeline, but we're still going to run out of oil. Here's why.
Jeremy Brecher: Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate ChangeJanuary 2014
A legal argument for climate protection based on the vitality of future generations.
Michelle Chen: A Deluge of Sewage in Palestine, but Still No WaterDecember 2013
When a natural resource becomes a weapon of war.
Edward Burtynsky’s WaterNovember 2013
The landscape of human impact.
Robin Yassin-Kassab: Revolutionary GardeningOctober 2013
The future of their country remains undetermined, but Syrians are beginning to plant seeds.
Jay Walljasper: Getting America Back on its FeetOctober 2013
It’s time to launch a walking movement to strengthen our health and communities.
Jessica Conrad: Taxi Rides Go CommunalSeptember 2013
Shared planes, shared trains; why not shared automobiles?
Jay Walljasper: Save the Planet, Starting on Your BlockSeptember 2013
Local efforts have always been the backbone of global green activism.
Ernest Callenbach: Epistle to the EcotopiansAugust 2013
The last words to an America in decline.
William deBuys: Field Notes From a Drying WestJuly 2013
There simply isn’t enough water to go around.
Abrahm Lustgarten: EPA Drops the Ball, AgainJuly 2013
In its latest abdication, the EPA hands over the Wyoming Fracking Study to a drilling company.
On the BorderJuly 2013
A firefighter reflects on flames, family, and migration in the deserts between Arizona and Mexico.
Chip Ward: Trek West for the Big PictureJune 2013
By now you know that you woke up this morning on an overheated planet of slums threatened by ecological collapse. So let’s get right to the point: what do we do about it?
Jonathan Rowe: Our Hidden WealthMarch 2013
How the commons makes everything else work.
Lewis Lapham: The Conquest of NatureMarch 2013
And what we’ve lost.
Aleszu Bajak: Catching Fog in LimaJanuary 2013
Water scarcity and local action in the pueblos jóvenes of Peru.
Abrahm Lustgarten: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water SupplyDecember 2012
Even as water grows more precious, the Environmental Protection Agency has permitted oil and gas, mining and other industries to contaminate aquifers in more than 1,500 places.
David Vine: Picking Up a $170 Billion TabDecember 2012
How U.S. taxpayers are paying the Pentagon to occupy the planet.
Robert Reich: Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils AheadDecember 2012
Forget the fiscal cliff, there are three other, bigger dangers.
Ellen Cantarow: Frack FightNovember 2012
Activists are waging a secret war, and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Guernica Movies: Plastic, RepurposedNovember 2012
A new documentary reveals the beauty and horror of plastic waste
Albert Appleton: How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure–And Saved Billions of DollarsNovember 2012
How did New York City manage to control pollution in its water supply on the cheap?
Michael T. Klare: The New “Golden Age of Oil” That Wasn’tOctober 2012
Forecasts of oil abundance collide with planetary realities.
Rock WhispererOctober 2012
To find out how fast, and how much, polar ice might melt in the future, scientists are looking to ancient rocks for clues of what happened in the past.
Jack Tuholske: A New Vision for the Great Lakes is NeededSeptember 2012
The Great Lakes are a commons, not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder.
Michael T. Klare: The Hunger Wars in Our FutureAugust 2012
Heat, drought, rising food costs, and the chaos that could ensue.
David Morris: Texas Judge Rules The Sky Belongs To EveryoneAugust 2012
Has the fight against climate change just taken a monumental step forward?
Subhankar Banerjee: Walking the WatersAugust 2012
"Extreme oil" and the destruction of our oceans
Marissa Landrigan: Catch and ReleaseJuly 2012
When confronted with homelessness, it's much too easy to look the other way.
Michael T. Klare: Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?June 2012
President Obama's approach to energy policy is surprisingly close Dick Cheney's. What this tells us about America's new nationalism.
Bill McKibben: The Planet WreckersJune 2012
Climate change denial is facing significant new challenges, but the fight is nowhere close to over.
Science Be DamnedJune 2012
How Texas managed to export its energy policy to the rest of America.
Ellen Cantarow: How Rural America Got FrackedMay 2012
The environmental nightmare you know nothing about.
Michael T. Klare: The Energy Wars Heat UpMay 2012
Six recent clashes and conflicts on a planet heading into energy overdrive.
Ernest Callenbach: Epistle to the EcotopiansMay 2012
Wise words from a document found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.
Bill McKibben: Too Hot Not to Notice?May 2012
A planet connected by wild weather.
Rebecca Solnit: Welcome to the 2012 Hunger GamesMay 2012
Sending debt oeonage, poverty, and freaky weather into the arena.
Daniel Moss: Debating the Future of Our World’s WaterApril 2012
The World Water Forum in Marseille sets the stage for important talks at Rio environment conference.
Michael Klare: A New Energy Third World in North America?April 2012
How the big energy companies plan to turn the United States into a third-world petro-state.
Chip Ward: A Letter of Apology to My GranddaughterMarch 2012
Chip Ward writes to granddaughter Madeline about the problems of the world she’s about to inherit.
God Bless You, Mr. GreybeardJune 2011 The iconic anthropologist and activist on what chimpanzees tell us about our ultimate destiny, the sixth great extinction, and reasons for hope.
For a Coming ExtinctionFebruary 2011
The U.S. poet laureate, W.S. Merwin, discusses his role in the antiwar movement, the quagmire of U.S. military occupations, today’s extinction rate, and efforts to conserve nature on Maui.
The Earth is a MosqueDecember 2010 Two New York City Muslims discuss the Islamic imperative to care for the earth.
Oil and AshBy Michael Bazzett
I understand this economically, and I’d rather not / mention the resemblance to prostitution, but when I open my / mouth it also fills with something called sky
Fish-Work, Bering SeaJuly 2010 A photographer chronicles his career as a commercial fisherman, a career he both romanticizes and loathes.
In AngangueoJune 2010
Little boys in drifts of dulling orange were trying / to pack balls of wings to throw at each other; / she thought perhaps she wouldn't have children.
The mammoth and the dodo never saw it coming— / in the end, there is only the idea of species, like a chair / left swinging when the kids go in for lunch.