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Tom Engelhardt: In Memoriam | A Planet of Missing Beauties

For those I’ll be leaving behind, my children and grandchildren in particular, this just wasn’t the world I ever wanted them to inherit.

March 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

Walter Bargen: Which brings us to one certainty. . .

can you tell me the colors
sweeping the sky this evening,
can you tell me exactly the volcanic-ash
effects, the drought and dust effects,
the shift of light along the spectrum

January 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Life Enhancing

Allowing the seas to recover from the outrageous assaults of commercial fishing can help heal our own wounded lives.

January 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

S. B. Merrow: Reading Half-Earth

E.O.Wilson says we already know
what happens to elephants—to us—

when families are broken, when
matriarchs and memories are lost.

November 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Who Will Tell Them?

Goodbye elephant bird
Who frightened Sinbad.
Goodbye wigeon,
Curleau, lapwing, crake.
Goodbye mascarene coot.
Sorry we never had a chance to meet.

November 9, 2019 · 11 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: On the Precipice

In an ongoing gesture of self-destruction, humanity has been tapping what might be thought of as Pyromaniacs, Incorporated, to run the world.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: I stand beneath the mountain with an illiterate heart

The darkness of my sacred ignorance enlightens me.

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Alex Kirby: Humans Drive Sixth Mass Extinction — UN Report

About one million of the world’s animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction − the largest number in human history ever to be facing the threat of oblivion.

May 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Vaquitas

The number of vaquitas left was around 30 in early 2019. — . Today, news about small dolphins: Only sixty vaquitas left. Two years back, they numbered some one hundred “individuals,” living  … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Matthew D. Moran: Bison are back and that benefits many other species on the Great Plains

Driving north of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, an extraordinary landscape comes into view. Trees disappear and an immense landscape of grass emerges, undulating in the wind like a great, green ocean.  This … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Lorraine Chow: 10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperature Rise Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

If humankind carries on its business-as-usual approach to climate change, there’s a 93 percent chance we’re barreling toward a potentially catastrophic level of warming. The summer of 2018 was intense: … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Vincent Spina: Passengers

So what you are saying is that we exist? There are crumbs of evidence: along a fossil seashore a pair of footprints buried in ashes to be discovered, sized up … Continue reading

December 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Subhankar Banerjee: Biological Annihilation

A Planet in Loss Mode: If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: The Cheetah in Us All

A mother thinks about the inheritance of children. “I don’t want to live in a world without cheetahs, Mom.” Seamus loves cheetahs and what’s not to love — unless you … Continue reading

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

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