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Howling wolf

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.

A foggy morning in Baltimore

Imagine for a moment you are forced to breathe through a straw, only from one nostril. Now, imagine that straw shrinks to the size of a coffee stirrer, making it even more difficult—nearly impossible—to inhale enough oxygen. This is what asthma feels like for Doris Toles, a Baltimore resident who had her first asthma attack when she was just two years old.

Ana E. Nobis is an occupational and environmental medicine physician and discusses how the EPA’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants is essential to avert the devastating consequences of global warming for our children.

This is a guest blog by Ana E. Nobis, M.D., MPH, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency program. Dr. Nobis is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Annika Rodriguez Scholar.

The FDA neither tests genetically modified foods nor has ever approved one as safe for human consumption.

Have you noticed that the latest tactic to discredit anyone who doesn’t buy into a corporate claim that a product is safe is to label the person “anti-science?” If you try to get better regulation of pesticide use around schoolchildren or farmworkers, you’re not prudent, you’re “anti-science.” Don’t care to have genetically engineered products on your dinner table while companies fight every attempt to label them so you have a choice? They’re happy to label you “anti-science,” too. 

A man in India working with cattle to till a field.

Carmen G. Gonzalez is an Earthjustice board member and professor of law at the Seattle University School of Law who has published widely in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, food security and trade. Here she discusses how marginalized communities bear the brunt of economic activities that wreak havoc on the environment, focusing specifically on the global food supply chain. Gonzalez has been recognized as one of Green 2.0’s leaders of color.

A fishing boat on the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway.

The ocean is warming, and some fish are heading north in an effort to seek out cooler climes. Combine this phenomenon with increased Arctic access due to melting sea ice, which would allow fishing vessels to follow the migration of these aquatic organisms, and you’ve got yourself a dangerous situation. Last week, the United States, Canada, Norway, Denmark and Russia pledged to head off this environmental catastrophe by prohibiting commercial fishing in Arctic international waters—at least until more research evaluates the effect of sea warming on fish populations.

Houseboats sit in the drought lowered waters of Oroville Lake, near Oroville, California on October 30, 2014.

California’s record-breaking drought has reignited old feuds about who can lay claim to water in the thirstiest state. In 2014 Earthjustice published a photo essay highlighting the stories of state residents left high and dry as Big Ag lobbies for more water to be pumped to industrial-scale farms in arid regions of the San Joaquin Valley.

Earthjustice's Jessica Knoblauch looks across a valley toward declining snowpacks in Montana's Glacier National Park.

Two weeks ago, I was pedaling through the glacier-carved peaks and valleys of Glacier National Park on the Going-to-the-Sun Road as part of an inaugural fundraising event known as Glacier Ride. Thanks to the power of energy bars, clip-in pedals and months of intensive training, I earned a front row seat to some of the park’s namesake glaciers.


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