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Environmental Studies Minor

Department of Appalachian Studies

Important Sites/ Online Magazines

Orion Magazine.  "Orion is a bimonthly, advertising-free magazine devoted to creating a stronger bond between people and nature."  Based in Western Massachusetts.  "Environmental news and commentary."  

OnEarth Magazine.  "Green News--A Survival Guide for the Planet."  The Southern Nature Project.  "Reading and writing about the southern landscape." 

"Climate Progress,", a blog on energy and climate change issues, edited by Joe Romm, at "," a website that identifies itself as politically "progressive."

"Climate Depot,", a blog sponsored by CFACT, a political group whose stated goal is to "enhance the fruitfulness of the earth and all of its inhabitants".

News and Commentary:

"Writing the End: Should novelists try harder to confront long-term environmental crises?"  By Nathaniel Rich.  The New York Times online, April 19, 2013. 

"Act Now to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees in the Southeast!"  March 26, 2013 by Katuah Earth First!

    Related:  "Genetically Modified Forest Planned for U.S. Southeast: International Paper and MeadWestvaco are planning to transform plantation forests of the southeastern U.S. by replacing native pine with genetically engineered eucalyptus."  By Paul Voosen.  Scientific American, Jan 29, 2010.

    and: "USDA Weighs Plan to Bring GM Eucalyptus to Southeast Pinelands."  By Paul Voosen.  New York Times online, January 29, 2010. 

"More Civil Disobedience at the White House Over Keystone XL."  By George Zornick.  February 13, 2013.  On Zornick's D.C. Beltway blog, at The Nation magazine online. 

"Paying for It" [on the idea of a carbon tax].  By Elizabeth Kolbert.  The New Yorker, December 10, 2012.

"Good Gas, Bad Gas: Burn natural gas and it warms your house. But let it leak, from fracked wells or the melting Arctic, and it warms the whole planet."  By Marianne Lavelle.  National Geographic, December 2012. 

"Margaret Atwood: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, 50 years on."  By Margaret Atwood.  The Guardian [Manchester, England].  Friday, December 7, 2012. 

"Dinosaurs and Denial [Op-ed column]."  By Charles M. Blow.  New York Times, December 7, 2012. 

"Rocky Fork area to become new Tennessee state park." By Brad Hicks - Erwin Bureau Chief.  Johnson City Press, October 30, 2012  

"Climate of Doubt:  Frontline goes inside the groups who shifted the direction of the climate change debate."  Runtime: 53:46.  October 23, 2012.  WGBH Blueridge PBS.  

 "A Simple Fix for Farming."  Mark Bittman.  New York Times online.  October 19, 2012. 

Related citation:  Davis AS, Hill JD, Chase CA, Johanns AM, Liebman M (2012) Increasing Cropping System Diversity Balances Productivity, Profitability and Environmental Health. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47149. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047149  Published: October 10, 2012.  

"The Cloud Factories: Power, Pollution and the Internet--data centers waste vast amounts of energy."  The first in a series about the physical structures that make up the cloud, and their impact on our environment.  By James Glanz.  New York Times, September 22, 2012.

"'Stop the War on Coal' Act."  By Robert B. Semple Jr.  The Editorial Page Editor's Blog.  New York Times, September 20, 2012.

"How 'Silent Spring' Ignited the Environmental Movement."  By Eliza Griswold.  New York Times, September 21, 2012.

"Brave New World: Systemic Pesticides and Genetically Engineered Crops."  By William Quarles.  The IPM Practitioner: Monitoring the Field of Pest Management.  Vol 32, No 3/4 (March/April 2011--Published July 2012) 

"Global Warming's Terrifying New Math: Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is."  Bill McKibben.  Rolling Stone Magazine, July 19, 2012. 

"Anti-coal activists arrested on barge."  The Charleston [WV] Gazette.  May 24, 2012. 

"Drilling Down: Articles in the Drilling Down series from The New York Times examine the risks of natural-gas drilling and efforts to regulate this rapidly growing industry."  By Ian Urbina.  The New York Times, May 15, 2012. 

"Why Not Frack?"  By Bill McKibben.  The New York Review of Books.  March 8, 2012. 

Classic Articles:

  A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables: Wind, water and solar technologies can provide 100 percent of the world's energy, eliminating all fossil fuels. Here's how.  By Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi.  Scientific American, October 26, 2009.

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