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Will Tar Sands Drain the Rockies Dry?
by Kristin Moe
From snow to glacier, from river to delta, and back again. Now, that centuries-old cycle has been interrupted by the tremendous volume of water required to extract oil from the Alberta tar sands.
Mining for Gold: A “Pact With the Devil”?
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
The economic crisis—and the rising price of gold—have spurred North American firms to reopen mines and attack environmental regulations. Here’s what we can learn from El Salvador’s moratorium on new mining permits.
Blockade Aims to Stop Southern KXL Pipeline
by Christine Leclerc
Activists in the Gulf Coast aren’t willing to stand by while a portion of the controversial pipeline gets fast-tracked.
Paula Garcia: Acequias Return to the Land
by Heidi Bruce
Protecting a 400-year-old water management system from industrial takeover is also about protecting the Southwest's future.
Jennifer Real: Protecting Clean Water
by Jennifer Kaye
This PTA mom is leading the fight against toxic waste in her Texas hometown.
New York’s Little Revolution
by Ellen Cantarow
How the state’s fight for clean water is reshaping its political landscape.
Taking on the Trade Laws of the 1 Percent
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
A protest at the World Bank supported El Salvador’s attempts to put human rights above corporate rights.
The Majestic Plastic Bag: A Mockumentary
The epic journey of a plastic bag from its release into the wild to ultimate destination in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Removing the Elwha Dam
Plans to restore the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state begin with the removal of a dam that's stood for almost a century.
Eco-Politics Back on the Ranch
by Madeline Ostrander
In Nebraska, the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline is no longer about left versus right.
Gold or Water? A Deadly Debate
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
To protect their water supply, Salvadorans are trying to ban corporate gold mining—and facing threats and violence as a result.
Arrivederci, Water Profiteers
by Daniel Moss
“Water is a common good.” Why 96 percent of Italian voters rejected their government’s push for water privatization.
Tackling Corporate Power, One Town at a Time
by Mari Margil
How communities are saying "no" to corporate drilling—even if it means bucking state law.
Changing with the Climate
by Richard Conlin
In Seattle, how changes in policy help prepare for changes in climate.
What Lies Beneath
Video: The Census of Marine Life reveals more than 6,000 potentially new species living in our oceans.