People & Population

Green Burial Not Just Throwing Ashes on Compost Heap

Chance research on the concept of green burials leads one freelancer not just to a years-long writing project, but to a more intimate encounter with the growing practice. In this essay, Ann Hoffner shares her first-hand experience with green burials and the deeper meaning she discovers in them, as well as one tender goodbye in a quiet wood.

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"A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change"

"SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska — In the dream, a storm came and Betsy Bekoalok watched the river rise on one side of the village and the ocean on the other, the water swallowing up the brightly colored houses, the fishing boats and the four-wheelers, the school and the clinic."

Source: NY Times, 11/30/2016

"North Dakota Governor Orders Pipeline Protesters Expelled"

"North Dakota's governor ordered the expulsion of thousands of Native American and environmental activists camped on federal property near an oil pipeline project they are trying to halt, citing hazards posed by harsh weather as a blizzard bore down on the area."

Source: Reuters, 11/29/2016

Corps Says Pipeline Construction Can't Continue Without Tribe Input

"The Army Corps of Engineers dealt a blow to the progress of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, saying in a letter that more analysis and discussion with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe is needed before construction can take place under the Missouri River."

Source: NBC News, 11/15/2016

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