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September/October 2010




read article The Economics of Estuary

by Ginger Strand

Is free-market environmentalism the solution or the problem?

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read article Working the Line

Photographs by David Taylor Text by Luis Alberto Urrea

Ride shotgun with the U.S. Border Patrol and forget what you thought you knew about the men in green.

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read article Specimens

Art and text by Amanda Keller Konya

Portraits of America's most polluted river, bottled and tagged as evidence.

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read article New Dog in Town

by Christopher Ketcham Photographs by Trish Carney

Coyotes are moving into the city, adopting urban habits, and in New York they seem to like golf.

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Portraits from the Oil Sands

Photographs and text by Jon Lowenstein

Picture Essay: the scramble for oil in northeastern Alberta is not just an ecological tragedy.


Scorpion Ranch

by T. Coraghessan Boyle

On a sheep ranch on an island off the Southern California coast, lamb is a business, and entrée, and a curse.


Desert Hoop

by Alex Schiebel

Following wild plants by covered wagon around the deserts of the Northwest is anything but quaint.



Each Other—Where We Are

read article The Whole Fracking Enchilada

by Sandra Steingraber

The latest technique for extracting natural gas trumps every other environmental assault.

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Outside In

Operation Green Hunt

by Jay Griffiths

An assault on forest peoples that will take down the forests as well.


Upping the Stakes

read article World Gone Mad

by Derrick Jensen

If you survey the symptoms, the verdict is clear.

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Lay of the Land


The Place Where You Live

The Place Where You Live

In this newly revived department of the magazine, we offer a space for people to exercise their sixth sense and tell us about their place, their connection to it, its history and future and imaginary life. It's a new web feature as well. In this issue: Sandra D. Lynn on Albuquerque, New Mexico; Angela Cannon-Crothers on The Finger Lakes, New York; Kristen Clapper Bergsman on Seattle, Washington; Cassandra Schiffler on Lucky Peak Dam in Boise, Idaho; and Nerine Dorman, on Cape Peninsula, South Africa. a


Media & The Arts

read article Redemption Songs

by Erik Reece

Can music save mountains? Emmylou Harris is determined to find out.

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Media & The Arts

Redemption Songs

by Erik Reece


On Cold-Weather Vegetables

by Katrina Vandenberg

This article is not published online, but we are pleased to make available this audio of the author reading her short essay.


go to review Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach
go to review Brilliant, by Jane Brox
go to review A California Bestiary, by Rebecca Solnit and Mona Caron
go to review Memory Wall, by Anthony Doerr
go to review Two Books on Geoengineering Climate,
How to Cool the Planet by Jeff Goodell
Hack the Planet by Eli Kintisch
go to review Deep Blue Home, by Julia Whitty
Hack the Planet, by Eli Kintisch


go to poem Back-Lit, by Arthur Sze
go to poem The Lyre, by Dorianne Laux
go to poem By Immersion, by Rose McLarney