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  • panoramic photo of the Grand CanyonGrand Folly
    Industrial tourism has been a disaster for the Grand Canyon. It could get much worse.
    By Christopher Ketcham
  • photo of oil drilling machinery behind a screen of palms and eucalyptusL.A. Underground
    Environmental activists are trying to tear the veil away from Los Angeles’s vast oil infrastructure.
    By James William Gibson
  • photo of a smiling young woman holding a chickenUnconventional Agriculture
    Our food systems are changing thanks to a rising crop of women farmers.
    By Sena Christian
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Saving the Endangered Chinese Swamp Cypress

National Geographic Explorer expedition heads into Laos forests to study newly discovered population of this endangered tree in its threatened ecosystem

Located in central Laos, the Nakai plateau is a shelf of land at about 300 meters resting at the western edge of the Annamite Mountains. This range of mixed limestone, sandstone, granitic rocks, and gneisses runs roughly north west and south east,…
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LNG Terminals and the Environmental Unlearning of Philadelphia

The lure of fossil fuel for America’s fifth largest city

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. It’s hard not to think of that definition when considering current plans to build Philadelphia’s economic future on making it a major fossil fuel-based energy…
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North Carolina Could Become Fifth State With an Ag-Gag Law

Bill sitting on Governor McCrory’s desk would make it illegal to document or film animal abuse on factory farms

Whistleblowers beware. Last week, the North Carolina senate passed HB 405, a controversial “ag-gag” bill that would make it illegal to document unethical or illegal practices on industrial farms in the state. Passed by the House in April, the bill has been…
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Latest Santa Barbara Oil Spill Is Reminiscent of 1969 Disaster

Area known as the Galápagos of the north is again choked with oil as operators exploit patchy regulation

By Andrew Gumbel Mark Massara was eight years old in 1969, when a blowout at a Union Oil well off the California coast spilled more than three million gallons of crude along the beaches of Santa Barbara and devastated one of the northern hemisphere’s…
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Why Sacred Places Matter

Film series tells the stories of eight embattled indigenous communities around the world

This story originally appeared in Triple Pundit.  In the last month, Native Hawaiians blockaded construction machinery headed for the top of sacred Mauna Kea, where a 30-meter telescope is to be built. Thirty-one people were arrested. In Arizona, members of the San…
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Kinder Morgan Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to ‘Deter Protests’

ACLU calls arrangement “flat out unconstitutional”

Between June and October 2013, Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, paid a local Pennsylvania police department more than $50,000 to patrol a controversial pipeline upgrade. The company requested that the officers, though officially off-duty, be in uniform…
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The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela

As the University of Hawai'i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school's professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of 'bigotry, retaliation and hostility' for speaking out on risks of genetic engineering

This story originally appeared in Cascadia Times The islands of Hawai`i are like a magnet attracting insects from all over the world. Bugs catch a ride on every ship headed to the islands, and state authorities often find bug species they’d never seen…
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Voices

Dr. Sylvia Earle
The oceanographer discusses the threats to the world’s oceans, and what citizens can do to protect them.
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Monsanto’s Spin Machine Grinds On
Journal columnist Anna Lappé on how the chemical and biotech giant is recycling its playbook from the past.
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Keeping It Real
How one family is raising their children without any mobile electronic devices in the house.
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The energy industry is now firmly hitched to the national security state.
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The language of green managerialism is sucking the life out of the environmental movement.
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