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Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition
by Nathan Gilles
The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.
A Small Act of Scientific Civil Disobedience
by Margaret Beaton
Big science publications put important peer-reviewed research behind expensive paywalls. But some scientists have found creative ways around them.
Why Science Can’t Be Silent
by Clo Copass, Kim Eckart, Tracy Loeffeholz Dunn
Up against the White House’s “alternative facts” and attempts to hide climate data, new allies—citizens and science—can prevail against politicians and corporations.
In California’s Imperial Valley, Residents Aren’t Waiting for Government to Track Pollution
by Paulina Phelps
For marginalized communities along the California-Mexico border, projects to gather and share scientific reports are crucial to holding agencies accountable.
“Valve Turner” Case a Mistrial, but Also a Warning for Direct Action Activists
by Valerie Schloredt
Criminal sabotage was one of the charges for Ken Ward, who with fellow activists in Minnesota, Montana, and North Dakota shut down pipelines carrying tar sands oil.
First Statewide Carbon Tax Is What Our Climate Moment Demands
by Richard H. Gammon
Climate scientists like me need to be clear about the global danger. Putting a price on CO2 would slow warming more effectively than any other policy tool we have available.
Why Exxon Loves the Carbon Tax—and Voters Should Not
by Wenonah Hauter
Washington state is considering putting a price on carbon emissions. This will not fix our climate problem and, in fact, will help fossil fuel companies continue to profit from it.
Calling All Climate Activists: “Go Out and Get Yourself in Some Holy Trouble”
by Valerie Schloredt
After activists launched a strike shutting off the flow of tar sands oil across the U.S. this week, a movement leader calls for more faith-based direct action.
Will Historic Standing Rock Talks Change U.S.-Tribe Relationships?
by Tristan Ahtone
The Department of Justice promised to consider nationwide reform in how the U.S. treats tribal land. Legal experts consider what, exactly, that might look like.
If Real Change Starts at the Bottom, Why Is the Green Party Focused on the White House?
by Sam Smith
Campaigns are a tactic, like protests and boycotts, and the trick is to use them wisely, not to prove how good you are.
Fewer Than 10 Grizzly Bears Left in Washington—But There’s a Plan to Save Them
by Michael J. Dax
Environmentalists, industry, and politicians have a second chance to learn from decades of wolf debates and save the grizzlies.
If It Hadn’t Been for Those Meddling Climate Kids ...
by Stephen Miller
We can thank our children—and their lawsuits—for insisting that public trust and hard science be part of climate decision-making.
Meet the Woman Who Pushed Massachusetts Toward the First Carbon Fee in U.S. History
by Eben Bein
The bill would redistribute money to citizens and local businesses, an idea supported by both conservative and liberal economists.
Climate Change Film Tells Us “How to Let Go of the World”
by Yessenia Funes
In his new documentary, Josh Fox says we can use love to push aside the fear and hopelessness that comes with climate change.
Video: Meet the Activists Facing Arrest to Break Free From Big Oil
by Catherina Savattere
Nearly 200 activists arrived in Anacortes, Washington last week to protest our dependence on fossil fuels. They joined others across the globe in the call for a renewable energy transition.