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Tom Engelhardt: State of Chaos

Do I sound extreme? I damn well hope so. We’re in a gridlocked, post-election moment of previously unimaginable extremity in an increasingly over-armed, ever more divided country…

November 11, 2020 · 5 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: In a Looking-Glass World, Our Work Is Just Beginning

For the last four years, Donald Trump has made war on the people of this country and indeed on the people of the entire world.

November 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lu Aya: Poems to get out the vote

In times of unprecedented destruction, these poems encourage all people to get out the vote as an act of love.

November 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tom Weis: History Will Damn Trump & Co. for Betraying the Vision of Our Founders

Healing begins with putting Trump’s exhausting psychodrama behind us and getting back to loving and caring for one another as Americans.

October 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mark Hertsgaard: A Second Trump Term Would Be ‘Game Over’ for the Climate, Says Top Scientist

Michael Mann, one of the world’s most eminent climate experts, says Earth’s future ‘is in the hands of American citizens.’

October 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Arcosanti

A dusty paint cloth of rust and ochre,
the desert before us as we pass shark fins
of agave & prickly-ribbed saguaro.

October 3, 2020 · 2 Comments

Breanna Draxler: The Power of Inclusive Intergenerational Climate Activism

The energy and intersectionality of youth along with the experience and engagement of elders are putting climate issues at the forefront of the 2020 elections.

September 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Three Cheers for Autumn

I woke up this morning to a chill in the air. I closed the bedroom windows and shivered into my clothes, then hurried down to the kitchen to consult the … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jessica Corbett: After 175 Years, Scientific American Backs Biden With Magazine’s First-Ever Endorsement

With unprecedented wildfires burning across western states, the Gulf Coast bracing for a hurricane, and the coronavirus pandemic still raging, Scientific American on Tuesday gave Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden its first-ever endorsement in the magazine’s 175-year history.

September 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Weil: The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown has a few things to say about the state’s converging apocalypses.

September 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Svoboda: Extolling the Virtues of the Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle

In “Civilized to Death,” Christopher Ryan argues that our nomadic ancestors were better off than we are today.

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Adès: Premonitions of Catastrophe

This was not the burning of witches or heretics
but the burning of a continent

July 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

M.A. Sinnhuber: In this Time

propel yourself forward—
as in airplane force
or Air Force or forceps
forcing a baby to be born

June 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gaby Garcia: Heat

When the world burns, we will be like the women
of Pompeii who left their bread loaves to bake—
our laundry mid-cycle, newspapers turned
to the op-eds, windows open to catch a breeze.

June 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

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