Entries by Christian Thorsberg

The Stream, December 13, 2023: An Ancient Fishing Practice in Japan, with Cormorants and Fire, Is Being Lost to Environmental Change

In Japan, ukai, an ancient method of fishing with trained cormorants and fire, is fighting for survival amid hot rivers and changing seasons.

Fresh, December 12, 2023: In Indiana, Saving a Coal Plant Comes at the Expense of Groundwater

In western Indiana, a coal plant that was supposed to shut down in May may now run indefinitely, placing local waterways and reservoirs at risk.

The Stream, December 6, 2023: As U.S. Airlines Consider Corn-Based Fuel, Groundwater Could Be Limiting Factor

Airlines throughout the United States are pushing for a switch to corn-based ethanol, a lower-carbon fuel — but the required groundwater reserves may not hold up.

The Stream, November 29, 2023: Heroic Llamas Revitalize Farmland in Peru, Where Glacial Melt Acidifies Water and Soil

As glaciers in the Peruvian Andes continue to melt and retreat due in large part to global warming, an unlikely hero is helping to revitalize farmland: llamas.

Fresh, November 28, 2023: Proposed Land Swap in Wisconsin Could Set Harmful Precedent, Conservationists Say

Conservationists are protesting a proposed land swap that would see five acres of Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, turned into a golf course.

The Stream, November 22, 2023: After Cyclone Freddy, Malawi’s Women Lead Rural Response and Farming Changes

Women in Malawi, one of the countries most affected by extreme weather, are leading rural recoveries and adopting new methods of subsistence farming.

The Stream, November 15, 2023: Slow Drought and Flash Floods Displace Thousands of Climate Refugees in Libya

Residents of Derna, Libya, a city already with thousands of refugees, are reckoning with another displacement as a result of drought, mismanaged dams, and Storm Daniel.

Fresh, November 14, 2023: Near Chicago’s Airports, Fears of Groundwater Contamination from Firefighting Foam

At Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports, local officials are concerned about groundwater contamination from past use of firefighting foam.

Fresh, October 31, 2023: Restored Wetlands in Southeast Chicago Offer Nature-Based Flood Protection

A $1.2 million restoration project on Chicago’s Southeast Side to restore close to 200 acres of wetland habitat — natural protection against flooding — is now complete.

The Stream, October 25, 2023: Bottled Water Brand BlueTriton Pressures Lawmakers to Ease Groundwater Protections

In Maine, lawmakers’ efforts to protect groundwater aquifers were undermined — and rewritten — by bottled water brand BlueTriton.

Fresh, October 17, 2023: EPA’s Largest-Ever Great Lakes Cleanup Project Announced for Milwaukee

The EPA announced a $450 million project to remove close to 2 million cubic yards of toxic sediment from the Milwaukee estuary.