Environment


Fruit Flies Help Further Study of Health Benefits of Organic Produce

By Staff, Utne Reader

A middle-school student and her science project with fruit flies leads to some impressive findings for those studying the health benefits of organic produce vs. conventionally-grown produce.


Covering Up Oil Spills in the Gulf of Mexico

By Staff, Utne Reader

How the oil industry uses coffee filters and bottled water to doctor water samples, covering up oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.


Waste Not, Water Naught

by Katie Moore

Western India's ongoing drought, in many ways a man-made disaster, offers many lessons on water politics and inequality on a warming planet.


Rise of the Green Festival

By Staff, Utne Reader

After Woodstock, you’d think that hippies, environmentalism, and music went hand in hand, but the rise of the green festival began only recently.


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Arsenic Contamination in Graveyards: How the Dead Are Hurting the Environment

By Mark Harris

Arsenic contamination in the ground and water around cemeteries is just one spark of the green burial movement.


Forests with Fallen Trees Heal On Their Own

By Staff, Utne Reader

Unless a forest is being used to grow salvageable timber, the best thing to do for a forest with fallen trees is leave it alone.


From Odysseus to Styrofoam

by Lewis H. Lapham

Long thought to be eternal, omnipotent, and ultimately untouched by humankind, the world’s oceans are now threatened by pollution, overfishing, and climate chaos.  


Marijuana Growers and the Death of Fishers

By Sharon Levy, from OnEarth

Using harsh rodenticides, marijuana growers in California are threatening fishers, a critical umbrella species, on the Hoopa reservation and national forest land.