• Trouble in Paradise
    Hawaii has become the largest GMO test site in the US – and some Hawaiians say
    that’s not very aloha. By Maureen Nandini Mitra
  • artwork depicting workers and scientists building a mammothCat Fight
    Cougars have made a comeback. But conflicts with humans are on the rise, putting
    their fate in jeopardy. By Noah Sudarsky
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    In Alberta, ranchers are pioneering ways to coexist with grizzly bears.
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History Will Look at US’ 77-year Hemp Ban as More Ridiculous Than Legal DDT

A conversation with author Doug Fine

It was while studying about the discarded stalks of the cannabis plant that journalist-author-goat farmer Doug Fine realized that industrial cannabis was likely to be a more valuable crop than even psychoactive cannabis. After researching the hemp industry worldwide for two years,…
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Hemp: The Next Billion-Dollar Cash Crop?

The US market is already well ahead of the politics of legalizing cannabis farming

From the perspective of a patriotic American who’s just researched hemp’s potential from Canada to Hawaii, Germany to Colorado, things are moving from fantasy to reality so quickly that it’s kind of making me believe in a societal version of The Secret…
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“The Road to Ambler” Would Scar Alaska’s Brooks Range

Proposed route through wilderness area would pave way for new mines

If Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell gets his way, an industrial road through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is in our future. Parnell has called for “Roads to Resources” in his efforts to subsidize development in Alaska – in this…
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Earth Day: Now about as Green as St. Patrick’s Day?

From epic day of citizen action to marketing gimmick in just 40-odd years

It probably has something to do with the fact that I’m one of the last sentimentalists standing in this ironic age, but I’ll admit that I get a little misty eyed when I think about the first Earth Day. Do you remember…
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Oyster Beds Still Empty Four Years After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Gulf communities and wildlife still reeling from the damage, but BP ends cleanup efforts

Four years ago, on April 20, 2010, the United States suffered the greatest oil spill in American history. With the explosion of a British Petroleum (BP) offshore oil rig, five million barrels (roughly 206 million gallons) of oil were released from the…
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Film Review: A Fierce Green Fire

Rousing PBS documentary covering 50 years of environmentalism to honor Earth Day

Mark Kitchell’s 1990 Oscar nominated documentary Berkeley in the Sixties covered the campus activism that disrupted the House Un-American Activities Committee’s hearings, launched the Free Speech Movement, fought the police at People’s Park, and inspired student spokesman Mario Savio to declare: “There…
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Oregon’s Klamath River Basin One Step Closer to Historic Dam Removal

Deal among Native Americans, farmers, ranchers and fishermen marks a triumph for cooperation.

Oregon’s Klamath River Basin has nearly completed an improbable, 15-year journey from community-wide hostility to a hesitant but tangible reconciliation. A decade ago, the river basin was known for being the epicenter of the nation’s most contentious fight over water rights, a…
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Are There Limits to Limits?
John deGraaf and Roger Pielke, Jr. debate whether economic growth is sustainable.
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What do you think? Can we reconcile economic growth and environmental protection?
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Annie Leonard
Our columnist says we can both safeguard the environment and address social inequality.
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Kick Waste off Campus
Brett Chamberlin and Alex Freid explain how they work with colleges to boost high-value recycling and reuse.
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