Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 3

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 3

The Legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa   Born October 10, 1941, Ken Saro-Wiwa dedicated his life to environmental activism in Nigeria. Saro-Wiwa, one of Africa’s leading literary figures, authored children’s books, novels, plays, poetry, and writings that focused on...
Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 2

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 2

An Apocalyptic Landscape and a Desperate Situation   One description of oil exploitation in Nigeria stands out more than others: Present-day oil producers in Africa suffer from the “oil curse” or the “natural resource curse.” Nigeria is the tenth most petroleum-rich...
Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 1

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 1

A History of Oil Exploitation   The Lyft driver pulled into the green “Rideshare Pickup zone” of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on a late Saturday night. I threw my backpack across the back seat, slid next to it, and confirmed my destination. I knew the...
A Time of Reflection

A Time of Reflection

    The Upper Truckee River is about a ten-minute walk from the back door of my Tahoe home. It meanders across a wide meadow where coyotes pop up like jack-in-the-boxes and descend upon field mice that scurry between blades of wild grass. The river widens,...
Solar Energy Versus Increased Oil Leases in Nevada

Solar Energy Versus Increased Oil Leases in Nevada

Driving south on US Highway 95 toward Tonopah, Nevada, a brilliant light shining above the desert floor catches your eye. Stretching over six hundred and forty feet in the air, a solar tower collects sunlight from over 10,000 mirrors focused on its apex....
The Murky Future of Our Wild Rivers: 3

The Murky Future of Our Wild Rivers: 3

Part 3: Bristol Bay, Trolls, and the Pebble Mine    The third and final post of this blog series focuses on a concentration of wild rivers located in Bristol Bay at the northeastern end of the Alaskan peninsula. This watershed supports the world’s largest...
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