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The direct human impact of hurricane Katrina is not yet over, but this morning Rebecca Claren posted an article on Salon about the layers of environmental damage that demand attention. But where do we turn first? For starters, there are the waterborne bacteria from human and organic waste that have already caused four deaths in New Orleans. Next, further in the future but much more dangerous and (difficult to deal with), are the petrochemicals lining the floodwaters with a lingering film of toxic sludge. Then there are the marshlands and protective wetlands, which Clarren describes as a “sea of mud.” Or do those come before the sludge? One thing’s for sure–it’s going to be tough to prioritize long-term health and environmental damage from Katrina. For maybe the first time, the Society of Environmental Journalists has released its own official op-ed in response to what Dave Roberts on Grist calls “official stonewalling on the environmental damage done by Katrina”.


Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..