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Veronika Perková: To Save a Forest, Look to the Women

Women often suffer the most from environmental degradation. A nonprofit in Colombia is trying to make their needs central to conservation.

April 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jayati Ghosh, Debamanyu Das: The Outrageous—and Largely Hidden—$5.9 Trillion Annual Subsidy to the Fossil Fuel Industry That Is Killing Us

Western governments have been heavily subsidizing their own fossil-fuel industries even as they exhort much poorer countries to do more to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

April 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: Our Corner Acre, April Afternoon

Side by side, we dig in the withered flowerbed,
the sudden warmth, and once again you say, See
how much the light has shifted. I nod my head
at another changing season, our aching knees.

April 17, 2022 · 2 Comments

Megan Merchant / Luke Johnson: Origin Story (An Epistolary Dialogue)

From our window, grosbeaks
and buntings tangle into flight. The hours count
earlier now, because of the way they are lit.

April 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bill McKibben: Putin’s Aggression Shows Why Defeating Autocracy Is Key to Combating Climate Crisis

Climate activists have arguably been a little too focused on politics as a source of change, and paid not quite enough attention to the other power center in our civilization: money. Efforts to punish Russia economically for its attack on Ukraine may hold valuable lessons.

April 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Fire Season

As wildfires ravage California, bystanders record nature’s wrath.

April 10, 2022 · 2 Comments

Julia Conley: ‘Horrifying’: Researchers Find Microplastics in Lungs of Living People

There were 12 different types of microplastics found in the tissue, and male patients had higher levels of the material in their lung tissue.

April 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Martha Collins: Blessing

there, and throughout our earth, let us grieve
for the graves we robbed, and then
let us bless the graves of the dead that remain

April 6, 2022 · 4 Comments

Julia Conley: ‘Climate Revolution’ | Scientists Launch Global Civil Disobedience Campaign

“Scientist Rebellion will be on the streets between April 4th and 9th, acting like our house is on fire,” said organizers. “Because it is.”

April 5, 2022 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Hinge of Summer’s Door

The vernal equinox came and went, like a cat creeping over the newly sprouted heads of anonymous weeds. You hardly knew, unless you were listening to NPR, that such an … Continue reading

April 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Dr. Michael Greger: Sci-Hub Offers the Quickest, Easiest, and Greatest Access to Science

Sci-Hub is the portal with the quickest, easiest, and greatest access to science, but there’s a catch. 

April 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Andrea Mazzarino: The Costs of (Another) War

When We Could Be Fighting Climate Change

March 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

David Helvarg: ‘Blue Carbon’ Sinks: Can the Ocean Save the Planet?

This comes down to three solutions: expanding offshore wind and other renewable ocean energy systems, greening global ports and shipping, and expanding Blue Carbon.

March 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Maryfrances Wagner: After Adopting Sylvie

reminds our rescued dog that once
she made her way on ditch water,
careless mice, and spilled trash

March 30, 2022 · 3 Comments

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