The scene last month in the Puget Sound was tragic: Two adult orcas, sister and cousin of a 10-month-old calf called J54, tried to lift the young whale to the water’s surface so he could breathe. Earlier this week, researchers at the U.S. Center for Whale Research reported the death of the calf’s mother, J28, an iconic member of this orca population.
On election night, as the country awaited the outcome of the long election race, a clean energy bright spot emerged in one corner of the ballot box: Florida voters put an end to the deceptive, sham solar proposal Amendment 1.
The Sundarbans—a vast mangrove wetland along the southwestern coast of Bangladesh that’s home to abundant wildlife, including endangered tigers—yields million pounds of fish, shrimp and crab each year. This is healthy, sustainable, affordable food in a country where roughly 69 million people, or 43 percent of the population, survive on less than $1.25 per day. But the governments of India and Bangladesh plan to build a coal-fired power plant on the edge of this World Heritage wetland. They claim it will help address poor Bangladeshis’ ne
Wolves have influenced human language for many thousands of years. In ancient Greece, “λύκον ἰδεῖν” meant “to see a wolf,” or to be struck dumb, apparently the result of being sighted by a wolf. The word “wulf” was one of the most common compounds in early Anglo-Saxon names, and today we lament (or sometimes celebrate) how fast we “wolf down” a meal or complain of someone who has “cried wolf” again.
As orange leaves and chilly winds herald the arrival of Halloween, kids across the nation prepare for the big day by assembling their spookiest costumes. But amid the ghosts, ghouls and vampires, an even scarier monster may go unmentioned—toxic lead, lurking in old pipes, flaking house paint, face paint, hair dye, aviation fuel and even car wheel weights.
I was thinking about the upcoming oral arguments scheduled for November 18 in the Navajo Generating Station coal plant case when I saw a news report that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy bragged about how the agency had cleaned up haze pollution in Shenandoah National Park. It struck me as ironic that the EPA should claim this particular mission-accomplished status a scant month before court arguments on the Navajo Generating Station.