Earth Island Journal

This publication offers news, analysis and commentary on environmental issues news.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 3, Autumn

Alliance for a Clean Waterfront: Restoring an Urban Shoreline
San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood is a study in contrasts. Home to both the largest concentration of African-Americans in the city and the highest percentage of homeowners, it is also home to numerous environmental hazards, including...
An ESA Success Story
The bald eagle is back from the brink of extinction. Only 40 years ago, breeding pairs of bald eagles numbered fewer than 500 in the entire continental US. Today, more than 7,600 pairs nest in the lower 48 states, and the number continues to rise....
Borneo Project: Sabah Tribes Rally against Corporate Takeover of Land
In January 2004, village headman Wilster L. and approximately 100 other representatives from 30 tribes stood before Sabah's Deputy Chief Minister of Land, Datuk Lajim Haji Ukin. Wilster had traveled from the remote region of Tongod, traversing northern...
Brower Youth Awards
In the four years since David Brower's death and the birth of the Brower Youth Awards, Earth Island's youth leadership program has grown from a one-time award to an ongoing network of support for the country's top young environmental leaders. Much...
Bush Administration Wrong on Dolphin Protection
Through federal court action and new scientific research, IMMP continues to show that the Bush administration is harming dolphins in the name of trade politics. IMMP obtained a series of memos that show the Bush administration has a pattern of disregarding...
Case Dismissed: Land Pays the Price
Columnist Al Knight of the Denver Post wrote a piece on June 16, 2004 entitled "A Win for Gale Norton," in regard to the lawsuit Norton v. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance et al. He wrote that although the Interior Secretary Gale Norton has in the...
China's Panda Census
Beijing, China -- The most comprehensive survey of the giant panda population ever undertaken has found almost 1,600 pandas in the wild, nearly 50 percent more than were previously known to exist. The findings come from a four-year-long study of pandas...
Chronicle of a Disaster Foretold
They walked through the small Colombian village openly brandishing knives used to butcher pigs. Then, as they had the tools sharpened at the local meat market in the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the two brothers repeatedly...
Delays in Endangered Species Act Protections Lead to Extinctions
By 1968, it was well known that the Marshall's pearly mussel, a distinctively colored freshwater mussel that lived in the Tombigbee River and its tributaries in Alabama and Mississippi, was highly imperiled due to river development and engineering...
Dolphins Rescued from Haiti Capture
When One Voice received an urgent appeal from an anonymous source in Haiti to come to the rescue of several bottlenose dolphins that were confined in a small and shallow sea enclosure in the Arcadins Islands, its Marine Mammal Specialist, Ric O'Barry,...
Drive Fishery in Taiji
It was still dark on a chilly morning in late January when we arrived at the lagoon in Taiji, Japan, where a pod of 100 to 150 bottlenose dolphins spent their last night in the open sea. A day earlier, we had seen fishermen corral the dolphins from...
Empire of Extinction
An optimistic, problem-solving attitude can sometimes conceal a deeper despair. In 1995 India's Environment Ministry moved to protect Indian butterfly and moth species under the Government's Wildlife Act. Sensible enough! The measure came after two...
Everyone's Got a Story
Sharon Fuller has been in the press a lot lately. A life-long resident of Richmond, California, she was recently named "Woman of the Year" by California Assemblymember Loni Hancock and Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante. Fuller is also one of twelve residents...
From the Editor
On October 29, 1979, on the 50th anniversary of the great stock market crash of 1929, I went with some friends to Washington, DC to demonstrate at the Department of Energy offices on L'Enfant Plaza. It's an action that some of you young folks--and...
Helping, Half a World Away
Staff members at the Seattle, Washington head office of the International Snow Leopard Trust (ISLT) are accustomed to the uncertain half-question: "I didn't know there were snow leopards in Washington." ISLT's headquarters is half a world away from...
How Crude Can They Get? Alaska Still Rolls over for Big Oil
March 24 marked the passage of 15 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill. I'll never forget walking the oiled beaches the week Exxon declared the Prince William Sound "clean." Some of the beaches looked spotless, but walking on them was surreal. It...
Illegal Sales
A recent undercover survey of traditional Chinese medicine shops in New York City and San Francisco found widely available illegal products made from endangered species. TRAFFIC, the world's leading wildlife trade monitoring network, found that...
Make Fries, Not War!
As the world's supply of oil diminishes, biodiesel is quickly becoming the most popular alternative vehicle fuel in the US. A vegetable-based fuel that runs in all diesel engines, biodiesel burns cleanly and biodegrades faster than sugar. Fleets of...
Mangrove Action Project: Shrimp Farms Not for the Birds
In 2000, the Brazilian government announced a three-year plan to expand its shrimp aquaculture industry's area of production sixfold--from 12,000 to 75,000 acres. In 2002, over 25,000 acres of Brazilian shrimp farms produced about 60,000 tons of farmed...
Sustainable World Coalition: Sustainability and Inclusivity
"Sustainability" is rapidly becoming a buzzword that needs clarification. The working definition used most widely is "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This...
The Birdman of St. Lucia
A few kilometers down a dense rainforest trail that winds through the mountainous interior of St. Lucia, the man who would save parrots seems, briefly, to have become one. Here, on a narrow pathway contoured into the edge of a fern-smothered hilltop,...
The Desert Sisters
A map of the US-Mexican border reveals a unique opportunity. Both countries have large desert reserves astride the line in southwestern Arizona and northwestern Sonora. Together these areas are a wildland despoblado of nearly 5.8 million acres. That's...
The Endangered Species Act at 30
When the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973, the US was awakening to the mounting environmental threats we had been visiting upon ourselves. Rapid population growth, excessive development, and unsustainable exploitation of our natural...
Upstream Battle
Coho populations throughout California have suffered a precipitous decline and are listed on the state and federal endangered species list. It is believed that only 10 percent of California's coho populations remain after habitat destruction, migration...
Voices
Critics who have dismissed the recent report commissioned by the Pentagon, An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security, should instead view it as a clarion call. Small risks that can result in catastrophic...