Forgive Me Father

Arts, Culture & Media

The Vatican recently called pollution of the environment a modern-day sin. Kurt calls Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest, to ask what kind of penance polluters are in for.

Canaries in the Coal Smoke

Arts, Culture & Media
coal ash pollution

In a Kentucky lake, fish tell the story of long-term coal ash pollution

CA wildfire

After wildfires, health risks linger

A woman recycles plastic bags from a river near the Dondora dumpsite close to the slum of Korogocho in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, March 17, 2015

Where using plastic bags can land you a $38,000 fine

A boy collects plastic from a garbage-covered river in Manila, 2010.

Plastic trash is a big problem. How much do you throw away? (QUIZ)

Global Politics

The consequences of plastic waste for humanity could be more severe than climate change.

Demonstrators against the Dakota Access oil pipeline block a road near North Dakota's Standing Rock Reservation in October. The pipeline would cross historic Native land and pass under the Missouri River, the source of the local water supply.

It’s not just about a pipeline. Native activists say Dakota battle is their biggest stand in decades.


Clashes over an oil pipeline slated to cross historic Native territory in North Dakota continue after more the 140 people were arrested in protests last week. The increasingly high-stakes face-off is one of the biggest actions by Native Americans in years.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Sioux Nation, leads his people to peacefully pray near a law enforcement barricade just outside of a Dakota Access pipeline construction site north of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Oct. 29, 2016.

#NoDAPL has momentum, but will it drive Native Americans to vote?


Sacred-site preservation and civic engagement are not the same.

Energy Transfer Partners Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation

Education and funding are critical issues facing native communities in the US


On an Indian reservation in Nebraska, state and federal politics interfere with the effort to simply educate the kids.

Protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Protesters say mass arrests won’t stop their fight against a North Dakota oil pipeline


“One thing that I repeatedly heard,” says Jenni Monet, a journalist on the scene, “is that this fight is not over.”