Environment


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.


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.  


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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.


Ex-Vegan Turned Hunter

By Tovar Cerulli, from The Atlantic

Ex-vegan Tovar Cerulli talks about pursuing wild meat in the spirit of vegetarianism.


The Return of Salmon

by Andrew Bach and Bradley Smith

After the careful removal of two large dams, salmon are returning to Washington's Elwha River.


Only You Can Prevent Faucet Fires

by Peter Rugh

After a modified, anti-fracking Smokey the Bear went viral, the U.S. Forest Service threatened legal action against the activist who created it.