Erik Hoffner

Erik Hoffner works for Orion magazine and is also a freelance photographer and writer. Follow him on Twitter: @erikhoffner.

Natural Gas

Natural gas, war of words

Citizens blocked a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on tribal land in Maine, but the battle isn't over yet.

New green zone spreads in Iraq

A new green zone is sprouting in Iraq, but it’s not the kind you think. It’s a grassroots one pushed by a new culture of conservationists whose currency is reeds. The recent environmental history of Iraq is a tale of two men. Saddam Hussein had a horrific impact on the ecology of the country, principally by ordering the draining of the Mesopotamian Marshes in the 1990s in order to collectively punish communities where resistance to his regime persisted. The incredible cultural and biological loss of the marshes (which once covered 20,000 square km in southern Iraq, twice the size of …

How to queer ecology and the environmental movement

Alex Johnson exploring riotous, unpredictable Nature.Missoula-based writer Alex Johnson believes we need to queer the concept of ecology, and I’m inclined to agree. After enjoying his feature “How to Queer Ecology: One Goose at a Time” in the current issue of Orion magazine, I asked him to expand on some of his ideas. Q. You propose the queering of ecology. What does that mean to you? A. Queering ecology means hosing out the pigeonholes. The queer movement bravely claims that humans are inherently capable of a much wider range of behaviors than the powers-that-be give us credit for. Queer ecology …

someone call the power rangers

Montanans rally against mega-loads to the tar sands

Activists in Montana and Idaho are fighting back against these monstrosities.Iconic authors and outdoorsmen David James Duncan and Rick Bass have an important new book that they wrote in response to the notorious “haul” this month of gargantuan machines (“mega-loads”) to Alberta, Canada, constructed in South Korea for use in the tar sands. Besides the tar sands being a debacle and climate justice issue, Bass and Duncan and activists are opposing this effort all along the route from a public safety and aesthetics angle too: The equipment threatens to buckle taxpayer-built roads and bridges, and if swept into the wild …

Sochi far, Sochi not good

The ‘greenest Olympics’ actually an environmental catastrophe

If the Sochi Olympics are green, then this logo is compelling to look at.Like a downhill skier that crashes right out of the gate, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to earn a gold medal for “the greenest Olympics.” World Wildlife Fund Russia and Greenpeace Russia resigned from the Games’ advisory committee last year and recently boycotted a visit of U.N. Environment Program officials who were to inspect the progress, saying, “We do not want to be part of a green PR for the Olympic projects.” What are these NGOs …

You can never have enough storage

New Agtivist: Chris Chaisson wants to root around in your cellar

Chris Chaisson and Whole Farm Services offer farmers, gardeners, and communities an array of very old-school -- now very hip -- crop storage services. From root cellars to ice houses, these technologies may just become integral to a sustainable food future.

A Tempest in the Gulf

Acclaimed author Terry Tempest Williams reflects on BP's oil disaster

Author Terry Tempest Williams traveled the length of the Gulf of Mexico to see the fallout from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Read the interview

Not finny

Goldman Prize winner says sharks still in trouble

Costa Rica is a leading exporter of shark fins for fin soup trade. Fighting this is Randall Arauz. I spoke with the Goldman Environmental Prize winner

Northeast Biodiesel, Born

Co-op capitalizes renewable energy businesses

Co-op Power, a renewable energy cooperative, broke ground on its newest green business, Northeast Biodiesel, last week.

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