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Veronica Frans, Jianguo Liu: Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature 

A biodiversity crisis is reducing the variety of life on Earth. Under pressure from land and water pollution, development, overhunting, poaching, climate change and species invasions, approximately 1 million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction.

December 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Gary Fincke: A Murder of Crows

Driving home, I see all of them
By the highway, pecking at
Whatever is splayed out and torn

December 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Last Rites

The coyotes were here first! I tell my neighbors when they complain. Between the drought and gentrification the coyotes have turned brazen. Bold as fuck. Scrawny, hunger-crazed creatures. My pets are … Continue reading

December 7, 2022 · 12 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: When Will Climate Change Become the Crucial Issue in American Elections?

We’re now on a tipping-point planet.

November 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Valerie Blue Bird Jernigan: Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

For Indigenous people in the U.S., food is considered a sacred gift. Healthy and bountiful produce is received when we care for the land.

November 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Barbara Crooker: Poem For My Birthday

Send me a heart of gratitude for this long afternoon
of goldenrod light falling across my typewriter
and a sky so blue I want to bite it like an apple.

November 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Denise Duhamel: Ego

I just didn’t get it— even with the teacher holding an orange (the earth) in one hand and a lemon (the moon) in the other, her favorite student (the sun) … Continue reading

November 21, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Leonard Susskind | Why Black Holes are Astonishing

Black holes warp space and time, squeeze matter to a vanishing point, and trap light so that it cannot escape. Black holes, with masses millions or billions times that of … Continue reading

November 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Allen Stein: Contact Trace

they’d determined that he’d picked up the Covid
while getting fitted for tortoiseshell bifocals
to replace the pair his puppy had chewed

November 17, 2022 · 8 Comments

Brett Wilkins: New Study Warns Declining Sperm Counts ‘Could Threaten Mankind’s Survival’

“The primary suspect,” said the paper’s lead author, “is a mother’s exposure to man-made chemicals during pregnancy.”

November 16, 2022 · 8 Comments

Neil Shepard: Local Freeze

Flat lines of black clouds 
rolled over the Everglades, pelting the land with cold rain, 
then, briefly, almost impossibly, hail, over the wetlands and dredged 
fields, reminding us how fragile the grapefruits and oranges.

November 15, 2022 · 5 Comments

Barbara Crooker: Sustenance

It’s hard to remember we swim in an ocean
of great love, so easy to fall into bickering
like little birds at the feeder

November 13, 2022 · 11 Comments

Jake Johnson: ‘Deeply Depressing’ Study Shows Planet-Warming Emissions Continue to Rise

Scientists with the Global Carbon Project estimate that total CO2 emissions will reach 40.6 billion tonnes this year—driven by rising pollution from fossil fuels—and will likely continue to rise in 2023 without bold action from policymakers worldwide.

November 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Gabes Torres: Reclaiming Abundance Under Capitalism

Is there a way we can be critical of our cultures of consumption, while also preserving the spirit of abundance? Perhaps beyond preservation, we can reinvent the meaning of abundance altogether.

November 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

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