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The Decline of the Sage Grouse
GEORGE WUERTHNER
When I was in college, one of my favorite courses was animal behavior.  One of the more memorable lessons I learned was the difference between proximate and ultimate causes of behavior. Proximate and ultimate causes of events are important to distinguish. For inst...
At the Dawn of Something Bad
KATHY DEACON
At 7 a.m. an awful humming is giving me a headache. I stagger out of bed, wander into each room, bend my ear to the bottom of the bathtub, open the front door and lean outside–and even check out the basement. But nothing changes, the pulsating sound coming from ever...
Why are Conservation Groups Advocating Logging Public Forests?
GEORGE WUERTHNER
“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees.” — Dr. Seuss It seems more and more there are fewer conservation organizations who speak for the forest, and more that speak for the timber industry.  Witne...
Shrimp, Cows or Candy Wrappers
JAMES MADDEN
Ecuador “Alright guys, if you look out the windows to the right, you will see enormous, multi-acre shrimp ponds that were all once mangrove forest.” Thus I begin a talk on the importance of this ecosystem to a group of 24 United States college students...
Ruins and Umbral Shadows
HEATHER WILLIAMS
On a bright summer morning in northern New Mexico, a rancher friend of mine asks her right-hand operations manager if he’ll take me to foot of canyon that leads to an unexcavated Anasazi site not far from where I am staying. I eagerly accept the invitation, and Toby tak...
An Interview With Cheri Honkala
LEE BALLINGER
Cheri Honkala was born into poverty in Minneapolis in 1963. For the past twenty-five years she has served as national director of the ...
Greenwashing Sustainability
SHEPHERD BLISS
“Sustainability” has become a buzzword. But what does “sustainability” really mean? One definition is that it requires a triple-E bottom line—economics, the environment and equity. However, this word sometimes is used to “green-wash” and promote things that ...
A Tale of Two Swedens
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Falun, Sweden. The attack came at the afternoon’s end, this making the fourth I would report to the local police.  I was on the phone when the sickeningly familiar odor made itself known, known in a way that only nightmares that are real can, its prese...
Meet Barack Obama
ROB URIE
Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan, as with himself, is an uninformed opportunist who was born into wealth and privilege and whose proposed policies aim to perpetuate that privilege at the expense of the rest of the population with whom he nominally s...
After Capitalism
SAUL LANDAU
Reading Jerry Mander’s The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System (Counter...
Ineptitude and Anti-Environmental Bias at Autism Panel
STEVEN HIGGS
The federal panel charged with allocating funds for autism research has squandered hundreds of millions in taxpayer money on ideological, nonscientific priorities. Its decisions have been financially irresponsible and practically ineffective. Its chairman should be fired ...
Getting Away With Murder
WILLIAM BLUM
In July, the Canadian corporation Enbridge, Inc. announced that one of its pipelines had leaked and spilled an estimated 1,200 barrels of crude oil in a field in Wisconsin. Two years ago, an Enbridge pipeline spilled more than 19,000 barrels in Michigan. The Michigan spil...
The Carbon Credit Hoax
ROB URIE
Rarely can a single story encapsulate so much of what is wrong with the economic system at work in the West as the one that follows. According to the New York Times (...
The Orphans of Bhopal
N. D. JAYAPRAKASH
The survivors of the world’s worst chemical disaster – the Bhopal disaster of 03 December 1984 – continue to remain victims of apathy and neglect because of utter indifference on the part of the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Government of India towards their ...
Showdown at the Hobet Strip Mine
SAM SCOPPOTTONE
I recently attended the July 28 “Mountain Mobilization” in southern West Virginia, which included a confrontational rally and a direct action to halt operations at Patriot Coal’s Hobet strip mine, claimed by organizers to be the largest mountaintop removal site in t...
The Dispossessed Majority
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The bumper sticker on the beat-up pickup truck read: “Friends don’t let friends vote Democrat.” The driver was obviously not affluent.  Yet, despite all the news about mega-trillion dollar bankster bailouts, mega-million dollar bonuses for financial crooks, ...
An Incident on a Road in Mining Country
REBECCA PARK
I read with interest Travis Crum’s article in Tuesday’s Charleston Gazette. He reported that before a mountaintop removal protest turned into a deadlock of loud opposition, the mining supporters and those who want an end to mountaintop removal h...
Greetings From the New Economy
ABBY SCHER
“Are you ready for a new economy? Are you ready for a new politics?” The challenge at the podium came from Gus Speth, the courtly co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, now a professor at Vermont Law School, who is on the board of the newly created New E...
Cashing in While the Earth Burns
DAN BACHER
Grassroots environmental organizations including the Friends of the River, the American River Conservancy and California Native Plant Society, have reported dwindling income in recent years, the result of declining foundation funds and membership donations available due t...
The Toxic Lies of the Growth Machine
ALAN FARAGO
In Miami-Dade County — Florida’s most populous and politically influential county–  a billion dollars is needed immediately to replace just the most deteriorated and vulnerable sections of the wastewater system, according to a five month internal study....
The Unbearable Waves of Heat
SHAMUS COOKE
The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good. The heat wave has helped convince tens of mill...
Protest and Repression in South Africa
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. The recent surge of unconnected community protests across South Africa confirms the country’s profound social, economic and environmental contradictions. But if activists fall before a new hail of police bullets, or if they lack an ...
Greenwashing Shale Oil Extraction?
STEVE HORN
At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale “utter insanity.” Insanity, though, doesn’t serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fo...
The Future of Fire
SAUL LANDAU
“Belief In Man-Made Global Warming Is A Lot Like Believing In Santa Claus” — Rush Limbaugh “Any potential benefits of proposed emissions reduction policies are far outweighed by their economic costs.” — ...
Fukushima and the Nuclear Pushers
KARL GROSSMAN
The conclusion of a report of a Japanese parliamentary panel issued last week that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster was rooted in government-industry “collusion” and thus was “man-made” is mirrored throughout the world. The “regulatory capture...
Minnesota’s Amish Revolt Against Frac Sand Mining
STEVE HORN
“History,” the old adage goes, “repeats itself.” And this is precisely the reason why we learn it. Exhibit A: Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972), a landmark First Amendment Court battle royale. The case’s facts, as summarized by Oyez, are as fo...
The Park Killers
PHILLIP DOE
The other night I went to a killing.  It was all very matter of fact.  Five judges sat at the front of the room listening to people testify for or against the killing of public recreation and wildlife at Chatfield Reservoir.  An urban recreation and wildlife center, Ch...
Hope is For the Lazy
ROBERT JENSEN
In 2005, I preached on the ecological crisis in a sermon I titled “Hope is for the Weak: The Chal...
Fracking Pennsylvania, Consequences Be Damned
WALTER BRASCH
Politics continues to threaten the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. The latest is how the Republican-dominated legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett separated one of the wealthiest and more high-tech/industrial areas of the state from the rural areas. Less t...
Deer Hunting in Bloomington?
STEVEN HIGGS
A recent late-night walk with my border collie Zoe has transported me back to one of the darkest, dreariest days of my 30-year journalistic career. Following her gaze down a utility easement east of Bryan Park a half mile south of downtown Bloomington, I saw a young white...
Our Ghost Dance
KATHLEEN PEINE
It was said that if the dance was done with extreme precision and adherence to ritual, the oppression would stop. Wild game would return, and a new age would ensue. Sometimes a swirling trance was conjured, but this only increased the oppression- strange manifestations, e...
The Hour is Late
RONNIE CUMMINS
“The problem goes beyond parties and politicians. It’s the system . . . . All our politicians are in the pocket of elites who own, lobby, litigate, bully and bribe their way into every element of our lives. Even single cell organisms unite and fight for su...
Fail Better
MARC ESTRIN
In his penultimate novella, “Worstward Ho” (1983), Samuel Beckett writes “...
Once Upon a Bayou
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Days before the wide release of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the filmmakers returned to Montegut to sho...
How the Growth Machine Ate Florida
ALAN FARAGO
John DeGrove was the father of land use planning in Florida and the principal architect of the state land use agency, the Florida Department of Community Affairs. The agency was established in 1985 to oversee compliance with the Growth Management Act. Most Floridians are ...
Failure in Rio
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The predictable word is in from Rio: failure. The conference twenty years on from the huge Earth Summit, Rio 92, has been unable to produce even the pretense of an energetic verbal commitment of the world’s community to “sustainable principles.” The reason? T...
Obama Sells Out Labor and the Environment … Again
ROB URIE
This week the Obama administration was caught hiding behind secrecy agreements to mask its role in the latest ‘free-trade’ deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The pact is designed to further shift legal and regulatory authority from governments to mu...
The Social and Ecological Crises of Capitalism
CHRIS WILLIAMS
“It’s impossible!” I said. “No Johnny, we’re impossible.  It’s like it always was ten million years ago.  It hasn’t changed.  It’s us and the land that’ve changed, become impossible, Us!...
Silent Spring for Us?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
With her 1962 book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson got DDT and other synthetic pesticides b...
Market Failure at the Rio+20 Earth Summit
PATRICK BOND
Given the worsening world economic crisis, the turn to “Green Economy” rhetoric looms as a potential saviour f...
The Ecological Costs of Environmentalist Collaboration
MIKE GARRITY and CAROLE KING
If history has taught us anything, it’s that America is a much better place when environmental laws are enforced.   We need to make sure that people and organizations whose stated mission is to protect and enforce such laws remain fully committed to that mission.  Bu...
The New Wave of Herbicide-Resistant Crops
LINDA GREENE
On May 23, 2012, John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America, sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting his “immediate assistance in staying de-regulation of Dow AgroSciences much ballyhooed 2,4-D-resistant corn seed until an environmental imp...
The Earth as Cookie Jar
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Emma Marris, the author of Rambunctious Garden (RG), loves the nature hiding in back stree...
The Parable of Isle Royale
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Isle Royale in Lake Superior is a national park. Besides its fame as a park, Isle Royale is also famous for its wolf and moose populations. The island provides a unique experimental design of what happens when populations are permitted to grow without restraint. Th...
The Human Costs of Fracking
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
Last February, residents of the Riverdale Mobile Homes Park, a neighborhood on the outskirts of a small city in rural Lycoming County, Pennsylvania with the unlikely name of Jersey Shore, noticed an article in Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Richard A. “Skip” Leonar...
A Paler Shade of Green
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and JOSHUA FRANK
Although America’s greatest Interior Secretary, Harold Ickes, who had the post for nearly a decade under FDR, was from Chicago, the playbook for presidential transitions calls for picking a Westerner for Interior, as long as the nominee isn’t a Californian. Pi...
Indian Point: Still America’s Most Dangerous Nuclear Plant?
JOHN RAYMOND
“Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down!” rang through the cavernous grand ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY, last week when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staged an Orwellian charade promoted as an “open house” held to reassure the public tha...
Barren Oceans
ALAN FARAGO
This morning sun is shining. The sea is calm and blue, off the mole of Cefalu; an ancient port on the northern coast of Sicily. The summer throngs and heat have yet to arrive in a region that features in the story of Western civilization. Long before Homer and Odys...
The World Bank and the Green Economy
PATRICK BOND
The debate over the Green Economy rages on next month in Rio de Janeiro, at the International Society for Ec...
Defending Montana Forests From Lawless Logging
MIKE GARRITY
A handful of timber corporations recently took out full-page ads statewide to criticize the Alliance for the Wild Rockie...