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Human Landscape

Preserving Subsistence: A Land Use Battle in an Alaskan Wilderness

Preserving Subsistence: A Land Use Battle in an Alaskan Wilderness

Preserving Subsistence was originally published on May 6, 2012 in These Fifty States, a Yale College publication devoted to capturing different aspects of place across America. Find them at thesefiftystates.org.

Ricky Ashby is not an easy man to track

by × May 14, 2012 × 1 comment

Culture, Ecosystems, Human Landscape, Multimedia, Out West

Image by Stephen Brooks. Increasing periods of drought in the American West have raised concern among those dependent on the land. Nathan, a young rancher in Eastern Oregon, awaits the building clouds with hope that they may bring a much-needed spring rain for the parched soils.

How the West Was Won: The Sage + Westies Photo Essay

What happens when a magazine and a student group collaborate to put out a call for images that tell stories about the North American West? Inboxes rapidly fill up with muskoxen and lots of people gain an excuse to drink Oregon beer while looking at mind-blowing pictures. A selection of photos from beyond the 100th meridian.
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Energy, Nuclear

Should Japan Turn Its Nuclear Reactors Back On? A Sage + PolicyMic Forum

Should Japan Turn Its Nuclear Reactors Back On? A Sage + PolicyMic Forum

With 130 million people in need of power (but 80% of the population against nuclear power), should Japan end the moratorium currently keeping 54 nuclear reactors closed? You tell us....
by × May 5, 2012 × 0 comments

At Yale

OP-ED: Paths to Sustainability–A Response to Dylan Walsh’s Open Letter to FES

OP-ED: Paths to Sustainability–A Response to Dylan Walsh’s Open Letter to FES

This is a response to a recent op-ed by Dylan Walsh. To read Walsh’s op-ed click here.

What kinds of people does the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies hope to send out into the world?  This …

by × April 25, 2012 × 3 comments

Actions, Conservation, Ecosystems, Energy, Fisheries, Human Landscape, Oceans

An Unsettling Experiment: Dispersants in the Gulf

An Unsettling Experiment: Dispersants in the Gulf

On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, kicking off a long summer of videos of crude gushing into the sea. Two years later, the offshore oil business is booming, and conventional wisdom has it that the Gulf has fully recovered from the disaster. Not so fast, says Sandy Aylesworth, in an in-depth investigative report.
by × April 22, 2012 × 15 comments

Culture

Dear Earth: Happy 400th Birthday! Love, Groupon.

Dear Earth: Happy 400th Birthday! Love, Groupon.

Ah, Earth Day: an opportunity for the country's worst polluters to rise, phoenix-like, from puddles of industrial effluent and recreate themselves as environmentalists. An opportunity for America's retailers to shamelessly hijack the words "eco-friendly" and "sustainable" and repurpose them to quicken the pulse of fetishistic shoppers. An opportunity for a free canvas shopping bag with every purchase! I was hardly surprised when Groupon sent me an email proffering Earth
by × April 20, 2012 × 1 comment