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Earth Island JournalEarth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal Spring 2017

Earth Island Journal is a publication in the field of news and society offering news and analysis about energy and the environment

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United States
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English
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Earth Island Institute
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unboxing environmentalism

Right as we were wrapping up this issue, our memberships director forwarded an email from a subscriber who said he had decided to terminate his support of Earth Island Institute because he had “a philosophical difference with the political direction” the Journal was going.“I do not agree with the social activism of some of your articles,” he wrote. His primary support for Earth Island was our founder David Brower’s legacy of “environmental conservation,” and the Journal, his politely-worded email implied, was guilty of mission creep, i.e., the gradual broadening of the original objectives of a mission or organization.The good gentleman’s words couldn’t have made me more proud of the work we do at this magazine, and at Earth Island Institute, which publishes the Journal.I’m glad that our readers and supporters…

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letters & emails

(www.bizarro.com)Letters to the Editor Earth Island Journal 2150 Allston Way #460 Berkeley, CA 94704 editor@earthisland.orgTaking on DAPLI enjoyed the Journal’s story on Standing Rock and Native resistance to the fossil fuel industry (“Nations Rising,” Winter 2017). People have been trying to address climate change for a long time, but not much action had taken place until the Standing Rock Sioux took a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Now folks from across the globe are rallying around the oil issue. The change to alternative energy begins. The green energy rush is on!John Merasty Saskatoon, CanadaHelp from AfarThank you for the article on how Africa’s private game reserves are dehorning rhinos to protect their charges (“At the Sharp End,” Winter 2017). The poaching crisis is indeed a horribly tragic situation, one…

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ireland leads the way

Ireland recently took a big stride forward on climate action. In January, the Irish parliament passed a bill that would completely divest the country from fossil fuels. If signed into law, as is expected, the bill would make Ireland the first nation to withdraw all public money from fossil fuel companies. The divestment effort would be implemented over five years.Divestment advocates applauded the vote.“With a climate skeptic recently inaugurated into the White House, this move by elected representatives in Ireland will send out a powerful message,” Éamonn Meehan, executive director of Trócaire, a Catholic charity that led the divestment campaign, said in a statement. “The Irish political system is now finally acknowledging what the overwhelming majority of people already know: That to have a fighting chance to combat catastrophic climate…

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setback at standing rock

Activists are flocking back to the camps by the Cannonball River after Trump’s memorandum telling the Army Corps to speed up the Dakota Access pipeline approval process. (photo Dark Sevier/flickr)The struggle against the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline received a major setback on January 24 when President Trump signed an executive memorandum paving the way for the 1,172-mile pipeline to move forward. Trump’s directive asked the US Army Corps of Engineers to move quickly with the environmental review of the pipeline, which is supposed to deliver fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale to markets in the US Midwest and Gulf Coast. (Trump signed another memorandum reviving the Keystone XL pipeline project that had been cancelled by Obama in 2015.)Two weeks later, on February 7, the Army Corps announced that…

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winds of change

The United States reached a new renewable energy milestone in December with the powering-on of the nation’s first offshore wind farm. The new operation, developed by energy company Deepwater Wind, will power homes on Block Island, a small vacation destination off the coast of Rhode Island. Prior to the wind farm’s opening, all wind power in the US had been generated by land-based turbines.The Block Island Wind Farm is small: It consists of five turbines that can provide electricity to some 17,000 homes. Still, the turbines will meet roughly 90 percent of the island’s electricity needs, and some additional power will be fed back to the grid, a Deepwater Wind spokesperson told The New York Times. The operation is estimated to provide 1 percent of Rhode Island’s electricity, and reduce…

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china cuts back on coal

While President Donald Trump is on a mission to revive the USA’s longsuffering coal industry — realities of marketplace economics be damned — over in China the country’s National Energy Administration has suspended 103 coal power projects that were planned or already under construction.Before you go cheering on the Chinese for their green move, a clarification: The move isn’t related to environmental concerns or the country’s much-publicized pollution problems. The projects were cancelled because China is grappling with a coal overcapacity crisis.The country’s five-year-plan for its power sector calls for an increase in coal-fired power capacity from 920 gigawatts to 1,100 GW by 2020. But if all 103 planned plants were to be completed, China’s capacity would go up to 1,250 GW during the same period, creating a huge, unnecessary…

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