Erik Hoffner

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

Ag giant's Amazon plans go terminal

Why bother filing an EIS for a biodiversity-destroying project?

Ag giant Cargill was forced to close a soy export terminal in the Brazilian Amazon this weekend, marking a major victory for greens, who have argued for years that the plant was built illegally and …

Is biofuel gasification just hot air?

Or a new way forward?

File this under possibly hopeful news: Researchers at Purdue are calling an approach that gasifies biomass to make liquid fuels a "hybrid hydrogen-carbon process," or H2CAR. Read the article for the straight scoop, but it's …

Olympic-sized task

Endangered species and Beijing

China is currently the world's largest consumer of illegal "wildlife products" -- 40 percent of the global market. And that number's only going to grow as its economy strengthens. WildAid has gone to the battlements …

Energy efficiency <em>and</em> economic growth?

But aren’t those things mutually exclusive?

A hopeful Friday note: a significant downloadable report (PDF) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. It was just brought to my attention, but it's from 2004. Its message bears repeating: energy efficiency/technologies have the …

Eight hundred megawatts or salmon?

The damming question

It's been 50 years since Celilo Falls in Oregon was buried by the Dalles Dam to create 800 megawatts of power, but the memory of the great salmon runs lost live on through the tribes …

The idols of environmentalism

A new call to walk the talk

Do environmentalists unwittingly conspire against themselves? Curt White examines the effectiveness of environmental strategies in the new issue of Orion magazine, and wonders why, even when we are trying to aid the environment, we are …

The power of community

Cuba’s response to its peak oil emergency

The Orion Grassroots Network just screened this new film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil for a capacity crowd, and I'd recommend it to any organizer seeking to stimulate conversation about how …

Local currencies: a grassroots response to globalization

All the cool kids are using BerkShares

Here in southwest Mass. there's a new local currency issued by a nonprofit that's been making a splash with recent stories in the NY Times and on ABC national news. There are 230 businesses accepting …

Green Drinks all year

It’s for more than just leprechauns

No, not the nasty March 17th green beer, nor the greenwashed Budweiser variety: I mean Green Drinks, the green social hour phenomenon now in 197 cities worldwide...