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When I visited North Dakota’s Bakken oil field in December 2012, the open, snowy prairie was dotted with countless drilling rigs and well pads—and plenty of flares burning excess natural gas. A month after my visit, a nighttime satellite image showed the Bakken as brightly lit as metropolises like Chicago.

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Written by Dave Archambault II, the elected Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which is based in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

For the last two years, the Standing Rock Sioux people have actively opposed a massive crude oil pipeline that threatens our lives, livelihoods and land we have called home since time immemorial.

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I don’t want this blog to be totally depresso (adj; sadness resulting from lack of coffee), but climate change is making coffee farming more difficult than ever. I help run a Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee farm in Costa Rica where coffee plants have been plagued by a nasty, newly arrived fungus, and last year, torrential summer rains cut our yield in half (see chart of last year’s rainfall versus the 45-year average).

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Being a mother makes the future present. What day is there when you don’t have a glimpse of your child as a grown-up? I am not a planner when it comes to my own life. I am bad at saving money—that is, I generally don’t. But I can see the smart, funny, capable 18-year-old my son Sher will be, and so, I am evolving a new skill of saving so I can pay for college fifteen years from now.


Spring has come to Washington, D.C., and the congressional appropriations process—the process by which the government is funded—has emerged from hibernation after last year’s budget deal. The year began with calls from both the Senate and the House of Representatives for “regular order,” which long ago meant getting all of the budget bills that fund different parts of the government completed on time and signed into law individually.

Earthjustice attorneys Jan Hasselman and Amanda Goodin after receiving the Green Hammer award.

For decades, communities across the nation have been exposed to toxic waste due to irresponsible industrial management of toxic chemicals. The so-called “Superfund law of 1980 was enacted to ensure there would be money in place to clean up these industrial messes, but funding often ran dry, leaving the burden of clean-up on the shoulders of taxpayers.


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