Grist staff

Readers talk back about vegetarianism and soy

  Umbra’s column on the environmental impact of soy vs. that of meat inspired readers of all stripes — OK, mostly the stripes that are anti-soy — to share their opinions. Here’s a sample of the deluge that hit our …

Phil Brick, environmental politics professor, answers questions

Phil Brick. What work do you do? I am professor of politics and codirector of environmental studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. I am also the founder and director of an environmental-studies field program, Whitman College Semester in …

Readers talk back about school choice, organic rules, bike commuting, and more

  Re: Storm Front and Center Dear Editor: If we could only make politicians and multinational firms understand the direct relation between forest clear-cutting and floods, we might be able to prevent — or at least reduce — the damage …

Sheri Speede, chimpanzee champion, answers questions

Sheri Speede. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I’m a veterinarian who directs a conservation project in Cameroon, in west-central Africa — In Defense of Animals – Africa. At the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in the Mbargue forest of …

Storm front and center: The environmental take on Hurricane Katrina

David Helvarg sends a dispatch from the hurricane-ravaged South

David Helvarg is president of the Blue Frontier Campaign, which originally published this article. He is also author of the forthcoming, revised Blue Frontier: Dispatches from America’s Ocean Wilderness (Sierra Club, 2006) and 50 Simple Ways to Save the Ocean …

Alfredo Quarto, head of Mangrove Action Project, answers questions

Alfredo Quarto. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I am executive director and cofounder of the Mangrove Action Project. What does your organization do? MAP is dedicated to reversing the degradation of mangrove-forest ecosystems worldwide. We promote the rights …

Readers talk back about kitty doo-doo, autumn leaves, and more

  Re: Litter Bugged Dear Editor: There’s some concern among sea-otter researchers in California that toxoplasmosis from cat feces may be infecting and killing the state’s threatened sea-otter population. Toxoplasma gondii is a cat parasite, and the otters may catch …

Cities

Martin Melaver, eco-friendly real-estate entrepreneur, answers questions

Martin Melaver. What work do you do? I’m CEO of Melaver, Inc., which is a third-generation, family-owned real-estate company based in Savannah, Ga. What does your organization do? We really do a bit of everything in real estate, which I …

Politics

Jay Tutchton, head of environmental law clinic, answers questions

Jay Tutchton. What work do you do? I am the director of the Environmental Law Clinical Partnership at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. We introduce law students to the world of public-interest environmental litigation and train them …