The Latest by Heather Kathryn Ross

Associate Editor

A journalist and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Heather was the associate editor from 2015–2017.

Timber wolf, Josef Pittner/iStock
January 8, 2016

Our Pack to the Rescue

Earthjustice attorneys brought their message to the howling masses on reddit. By bringing attention to the plight of wolves, they helped convince Congress not to declare open season on these imperiled canines.

Oil drilling operations in Kern County, Calif.
December 9, 2015

One California County’s Fracked Idea

Kern County is the nation’s largest oil-producing county, and to keep on top it’s not going to let a little thing like public review of new oil and gas permits get in its way.

December 4, 2015

A Banner Week for Banning Pesticides

Pesticides are disappearing from croplands, orchards and hardware stores in a major shift toward more sustainable agriculture.

water bottle pollution
November 13, 2015

National Parks Go Toe-to-Toe with ‘Big Water’ Over Plastic Bottle Waste

Big Water is challenging a National Park Service initiative to replace bottled water sales at their parks with free water bottle filling stations.

The United Nations recently adopted an oceans goal for the first time to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”
October 2, 2015

Earthjustice and the Smithsonian Team Up to Enhance Ocean Conservation Efforts

A partnership between Earthjustice and the Smithsonian Institution will showcase how communities backed by the law can turn the tide on oceans in distress.

September 22, 2015

Quite a Buzz: Earthjustice on ‘The Front Page of the Internet’

Attorney Greg Loarie recently discussed Earthjustice’s victory to ban the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor in reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” forum.

The South Tahoe Public Utility District is working to help homeowners convert their thirsty lawns to drought-friendly landscaping with the district’s turf buy-back program.
August 20, 2015

Lake Tahoe Program Pays Cash for Grass to Conserve Precious Water

Towns and cities across California are offering rebates to homeowners who rip out grass in favor of creative landscapes featuring drought-tolerant plants and efficient irrigation.

Cecil the lion at photographed at Hwange National Park.
August 5, 2015

From Cecil to Echo, Slaughter of Endangered Animals Stampedes On

Cecil the lion and Echo the gray wolf are just two of an untold number of protected animals killed by hunters and poachers each year.

A train carrying crude oil from North Dakota passes through Washington state on its way to a refinery.
July 22, 2015

California Judge Keeps Rail Companies on the Line for Oil Spill Disasters

A state judge has dismissed the railroad industry’s case against safety rules for crude-by-rail shipments.

San Juan Generating Station and San Juan Mine in New Mexico
June 29, 2015

Global Warming Could Devastate Human Health—but Only If We Let It

A report by 45 leading researchers makes the case that climate change is not only the gravest threat we face, but also our best chance to unite around the twin goals of sustainable growth and cutting carbon emissions.