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Jeff Turrentine: A Renewable Energy Revolution in Trump Country?

Americans know which way the energy winds are blowing—and in the heartland, they’re blowing mightily. Something truly noteworthy is taking place in a deep-red swath of the Midwest. According to a … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bertha Rogers: Copper Beech Trees in Winter

Leaves arc, like paintings of blown leaves; like cut paper, like sunset strewn across red-gold sky, like smoldering fires;   serrate-edged, notched, like some knives. But they cut only the … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Todd Miller: Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change Story

Drought, crop failure, storms, and land disputes pit the rich against the poor, and Central America is ground zero for climate change. Less than a mile south of the U.S.-Mexico … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kelly Madrone: My Battle With Crohn’s – How Going Plant-Based Gave Me My Life Back

At age 12, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease—an autoimmune disease that affects the digestive system and that, at the time, almost no one had heard of. I had emergency … Continue reading

December 1, 2018 · 2 Comments

David Korten: Why I Have Hope in the Face of Human Extinction

Around the world, people are realizing the current path will lead only to disaster, and they’re beginning to ask the hard questions about what to do next. When I ask … Continue reading

November 29, 2018 · 4 Comments

George Monbiot: The Gift of Death

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it. There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Edgar Gabriel Silex: The Planting of the Blue Corn

after the fields are planted and the blue corn seeds are nestled in the red earth     after the Corn Planter has put away his sacred planting stick he says … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Peter Forbes: We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal

A lazy buzz phrase – ‘Is this the new normal?’ – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Jacobson: The Cows

Now that I have read this story about the cows I think of them at night when I cannot sleep, how they are so still in their grassy field, seemingly … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Laura Carlsen: Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning

The battle to stop the spread of extractive industries pits indigenous and peasant communities against powerful business interests, backed up by politicians who encourage the foreign investments that convert millennial … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Why Wildfires Have Gotten Worse — And What We Can Do About It

. Megafires, individual fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are on the rise in the western United States — the direct result of unintentional yet massive changes we’ve brought … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dorothy Wordsworth: The moon had the old moon in her arms

The columbine … is a graceful slender creature, a female seeking retirement, and growing freest and most graceful where it is most alone. I observed that the more shaded plants … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert C. Koehler: Gunfire and Wildfire — The New Abnormal

This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways. Thousand Oaks, California: a city torn apart by wildfire and gunfire. Both are unnatural disasters. “This is the new … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This Is An Invasion of Our Country

No, not these spent and sweet-faced kids asleep on a floor in God knows where, having trudged for days with their families and thousands of bedraggled others seeking safety and … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

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