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Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal Summer 2018

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

United States
Earth Island Institute
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3 min.
leave the door open

Here are some stats on the rewilding of the US Southwest’s Mexican gray wolves — the most endangered mammal in North America — that have been rattling around in my mind for the past few days: • 1998 – 2002: 110 captive-born wolves released in the wild, 58 removed from the wild to captive facilities; • 2003 – 2007: 68 released and 84 removed; • 2008 – 2013: 19 released, 17 removed. This, dear readers, is what rewilding looks like, US Fish and Wildlife (fws) style. Set them free — but lock ‘em up again if they venture out of their designated free-range area too many times, or, God forbid, attack cattle. And, by the way, these numbers don’t even include the wolves killed by the feds for being “problem” animals (14 as of 2016),…

2 min.
letters & emails

Letters to the Editor Earth Island Journal 2150 Allston Way #460 Berkeley, CA 94704 Hope for the Future Speaking as an old guy who has been in this struggle since well before the frist issue of Earth Island Journal arrived in my mailbox, I can safely say that women like Dineen O’Rourke (Voices, Spring 2018) give me hope for a future that otherwise looks very grim. I’ve known and worked with her and her colleagues, and they have the intelligence, energy, and awareness that we could only hope to have had back in the day when littering, river clean-ups, and nukes were our biggest concern. Onward! Don Ogden Leverett, MA In Appreciation Just want to tell you how much I appreciate the Journal — excellent articles, especially “The Long Run Home” (Spring 2018) and beautiful…

2 min.
revving up resistance

In the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the Trump administration and the Golden State over climate change regulations, a California-led coalition including 16 other states and the District of Columbia sued the administration in early May over its plans to scrap Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for cars and suvs. “The state of California is not looking to pick a fight with the Trump administration, but we are ready for one, especially when the stakes are so high for our families, our health, and the planet,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference announcing the move. The lawsuit, filed in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, called the US Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to weaken fuel efficiency standards unlawful and a violation of the…

2 min.
mercury rising

To eat fish, or not to eat fish? This question has long popped-up within public health circles as experts have weighed the benefits and detriments associated with eating certain seafood. On the one hand, fish provide a healthy and widely available protein source. On the other, fish — particularly large ones at the top of the food chain — are often packed with mercury. New research may shift the balance in favor of avoiding seafood. According to a team from the University of Montreal’s Department of Biological Sciences, the amount of mercury that industrial fishing operations are pulling out of the oceans via fish has steadily increased since the 1950s. As a result, many coastal and island nations’ residents may be ingesting mercury at unsafe levels. There are several threads contributing to…

2 min.
unexpected trade toll

Intensive food production comes with a steep environmental price tag. It can erode and deplete our soils, pollute our waterways, and encroach on important wildlife habitat. Common sense, then, would suggest that importing food from afar might protect landscapes closer to home. Soybeans produced in Brazil shouldn’t take a toll on Chinese landscapes, right? Not necessarily. Researchers with Michigan State University (msu) have found that the type and amount of food imported to a country can impact the decisions local farmers make about what crops to grow, and that the replacement crops they opt for may be more ecologically damaging. As a result, environmental impacts associated with food production aren’t so much displaced as they are exchanged, they report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “This study underscores the…

2 min.
climate warriors ≠ eco warriors

If you had to make a guess at who your most eco-friendly friend or neighbor is, you might choose the one who understands climate science and is the strongest supporter of government action on global warming. But chances are, you might guess wrong. A report published in April in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that climate change skeptics are more likely to behave in eco-friendly ways than those who are highly concerned about the issue. The report was based on a study by a University of Michigan-led research team that followed more than 400 Americans for a year, categorizing each participant as either “skeptical,” “cautiously worried,” or “highly concerned” about climate change, based on their beliefs. The team found that participants with the greatest concern about anthropogenic climate change were least…