Erica Gies

Erica Gies is a freelance environmental writer who lives in San Francisco, Calif.

Unnatural Disasters

Which parts of the U.S. have put themselves in nature’s way?

It's easy to see in hindsight. Yes, Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster, but it was aided by some very unnatural factors -- developed wetlands and neglected levees, to name two. Figuring there must be other parts of the U.S. in human-made peril, we talked with experts to learn where we've made ourselves most vulnerable, and what -- in lieu of scrapping the whole country and starting over -- is being done to help.

Meet the eco-agents cleaning up after the nation’s latest addiction

Much has been made of the effects of methamphetamine on users, from crumbling teeth to erratic behavior to heart inflammation to death. It’s a painful story that the media has been only too eager to tell, as an estimated 346,000 people in the United States have become part of the meth-addiction “epidemic,” with a million more using the drug casually, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But journalists and politicians have paid less attention to another damaging effect of the nation’s latest fixation: what meth is doing to the environment. Lab leftovers. Photo: Arizona DEC. Unlike …

Craigslist Foundation turns its energy to green networking

Today: the personals. Tomorrow: the world? Since its founding in 1995, Craigslist has gained a devoted following in cities around the world. As filmmaker Michael Ferris Gibson showed in his recent documentary “24 Hours on Craigslist,” the online community board brings strangers together for all sorts of transactions and revelations. Now the website’s namesake foundation — whose raison d’être is strengthening community by supporting local nonprofits — is developing a new environmental network. Craigslist Foundation’s Environmental Non-Profit Network is still taking shape, but it will likely include both social and technological components. Its debut in Craigslist’s home base, the San …

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