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An ancient boon is now a modern disaster

By Elisabeth Robson / Art for Culture Change The catastrophic flooding across the midwest isn’t getting much coverage on the coasts, but it is a multibillion $ disaster for multiple states and indigenous nations. Over a million wells may be contaminated. Farmers will lose their farms. The top soil is washing away. The cattle losses … Continue reading An ancient boon is now a modern disaster

Wasting time on bandaids in an insane system

A recent article in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound describes legislation to make shipping fossil fuels through the Salish Sea safer. It’s all about tug boats and the speed of ships and modeling risk. At no point in the discussion–either in the article, or in the legislature–is there any mention of whether it is sane or just … Continue reading Wasting time on bandaids in an insane system

The problem with putting a price on nature

By Beth Robson / Art for Culture Change I love the cover of the New York Times Magazine, by Pablo Delcan, for this week’s big story, “The Problem with Putting a Price on the End of the World.” The article discusses the challenge with pricing carbon emissions properly so that we use less fossil fuels: … Continue reading The problem with putting a price on nature

Fighting for the Rights of Southern Resident Orcas

By Will Falk and Sean Butler / Voices for Biodiversity On December 18, 2018, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Wild Fish Conservancy threatened the Trump administration with a lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for allowing salmon fisheries to take too many salmon, which the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas depend on for food. … Continue reading Fighting for the Rights of Southern Resident Orcas

Indigenous Peoples Call for Help After Devastating Wildfires Sweep Through Their Communities

     by Ana Barón / Intercontinental Cry  Este artículo está disponible en español aquí An unprecedented wave of wildfires has swept through indigenous communities in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Three deaths have been reported, and up to 700 people have been listed in critical condition. In the aftermath of the fires, the … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples Call for Help After Devastating Wildfires Sweep Through Their Communities

Growing a Green New Deal: Agriculture’s Role in Economic Justice and Ecological Sustainability

     by Fred Iutzi and Robert Jensen / Resilience.org Propelled by the energy of progressive legislators elected in the 2018 midterms elections, a “Green New Deal” has become part of the political conversation in the United States, culminating in a resolution in the U.S. House with 67 cosponsors and a number of prominent senators lining up to join them. … Continue reading Growing a Green New Deal: Agriculture’s Role in Economic Justice and Ecological Sustainability

Greenwash, spin and bad science reporting

     by Papillon  Today on Facebook I came across an article celebrating the fact that NASA has found that the earth has greened up over the past 20 years thanks to massive tree planting in China and India. Surely not, I thought. So I googled the phrase “NASA says world greener” and found a … Continue reading Greenwash, spin and bad science reporting

Ogiek Want Their Mau Forest Back

By Kennedy Gachuhi – originally published 07. Feb 2019 on https://ecoterra.info Ogiek stake claim for the Mau forest after victory at African court The Ogiek have demanded the return of the Mau forest land to the community. The community is laying claim to more than 21 forest blocs and the Maasai Mau Trust Land that … Continue reading Ogiek Want Their Mau Forest Back

Nearly 80% of Oregon in Severe Drought

In November, we reported on the fact that more than 50% of the state of Oregon was in “severe,” “extreme,” or “exceptional” drought. This story has barely been mentioned in statewide media. For the past month, data has been unavailable as the Drought.gov website was offline during the government shutdown. Now that the site is … Continue reading Nearly 80% of Oregon in Severe Drought

Depressed and Then Diagnosed With Autism, Greta Thunberg Explains Why Hope Cannot Save Planet But Bold Climate Action Still Can

Featured image: 15-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden realized at a young age the enormous gap between what climate experts were warning and the actions society was taking. The difference was so drastic in her opinion that she decided to take matters into her own hands. (Photo: Youtube/Screenshot/TEDxStockholm)      by Jon Queally / Common Dreams As … Continue reading Depressed and Then Diagnosed With Autism, Greta Thunberg Explains Why Hope Cannot Save Planet But Bold Climate Action Still Can