How to Measure Indoor Air Pollution

By Jessica Cohen, special to Utne Reader

Home air monitoring has been instrumental in identifying relationships between emissions from fracking-related infrastructure and symptoms experienced by people living nearby.

The Role of Plants in the Order of Life

By Mary Siisip Geniusz

The story of “The Year the Roses Died” embodies the teaching of the place of plants in our world.

Lost Frontier: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

By Sierra Crane-Murdoch, from High Country News

As the North Dakota oil rush closes in on Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Badlands’ most ardent defender wonders if it’s time to leave.

Home Sick from Toxic Emissions

By Jessica Cohen, special to Utne Reader

How emissions from a toxic gas compressor led one family to abandon their house amid health concerns.


Bakken Oil Boom: The Making of a Rich Man

By Melanie Hoffert, from Orion

How to cash in on a boomtown before it busts.

Climate Justice: Stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline

By Wen Stephenson

Fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline one protest at a time.

Using Our Heads: Solving Human Overpopulation

By Ronald Bailey

The solution to human overpopulation and increased strain on nonrenewable resources may lie in human ingenuity, as it has in the past.

Discovering Denali: A Voyage into Alaska and Self

By Kim Heacox

Any serious student of spirituality and the American landscape must one day address his/her relationship with Alaska, and once in Alaska, he/she must confront Denali, the heart of the state, the state of the heart.