Posts tagged "environment"
Power Play

Power Play

Russia's actions in Ukraine show that for Vladimir Putin, the Cold War never ended. Now the US and its allies must prepare for another lengthy power struggle. But no international coalition can be effective while Russian energy reserves supply a quarter of Europe's natural gas. A long-term US energy strategy is the best way to counter Russian power.

Rough Guides: Sherpas for Hire in the Himalayas

Rough Guides: Sherpas for Hire in the Himalayas

Best of In The Fray 2013. Each spring, hundreds of foreigners converge on Mount Everest, hoping to conquer the world’s highest peak. With them come jobs for Sherpa guides, porters, and guesthouse workers—and lethal risks for those stuck on the mountain’s crowded slopes.

The Grapes of Graft

The Grapes of Graft

He used to make counterfeit credit cards. Now Mansfield Frazier has embarked on an even more audacious project: launching a commercial vineyard in the middle of a poor, inner-city Cleveland neighborhood.

Don't Save the Planet

Don’t Save the Planet

In ITF's interview with Andrew Blackwell, the author of the book Visit Sunny Chernobyl talks about his travels to the world's most polluted places. One point he raises is that there's no way to return the environment to the "pure, pre-human phase" of its existence — and that this is a misguided ideal to begin with.

Perhaps it says something about humanity's self-centered view of the world that the catchphrase for the environmental movement is "save the planet." Planet Earth doesn't need saving. If life can survive in the pitch-dark, pitiless abyss of the deep ocean, or recolonize remote islands after volcanic explosions wipe the landscape clean, or — as Blackwell points out — thrive in irradiated zones where human beings now fear to tread, then you can imagine that life will eventually adapt to whatever nightmare scenario Homo sapiens visits on its terrestrial neighborhood.

Dirty Planet: A Conversation with Journalist Andrew Blackwell

Dirty Planet: A Conversation with Journalist Andrew Blackwell

ITF speaks with Andrew Blackwell about his new book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, a travel guide to the most polluted places on the planet. Even sites ravaged by radiation and industrial waste, he argues, can still be places of “nature, wildness, and beauty.”

Cleaning green

Cleaning green

Using eco-friendly cleaners is simple, cheap, and much better for the environment than harsh chemical cleansers.

Religion advocating for the environment

According to the media, one of the latest green movements is happening in churches, synagogues, and mosques around the country.

The presidential candidates and the environment

Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain are the standout candidates for their environmental awareness and impact on legislation.

Cigarette butts are unsightly and pollute the environment

Billions of cigarette butts get tossed out onto the streets, creating ugly litter and causing toxic chemicals to be released into the environment.

Al Gore’s summer conservation concert Live Earth

What sort of positive environmental impact can this global concert series really have?

The not-so-silent problem of noise pollution

A harmful detriment to people's health comes from outside forces.