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The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: 20 Years Later

At least 11 million gallons of oil—and possibly as much as 38 million gallons, by some estimates—marred a huge swath of the Alaska coastline when the Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground in Prince William Sound 20 years ago. The disaster ruined the careers of thousands of fisherfolk and plunged an entire community into a nightmare of ecological devastation and a soul-crushing, decades-long litigation with one of the biggest corporate giants to ever straddle the Earth.

A jury ordered ExxonMobil to pay the people of Cordova $5 billion in compensatory damage. An appeals court slashed that amount in half. And last year, the amount was again reduced to an insulting $507 million. Thousands of people died while they waited for closure. And the community that survived was devastated. Lives were destroyed, and a community’s spirit was smothered and left for dead.

It’s not often that a mainstream news outlet tells the story from the fishermen’s perspective, but that is just what this CBS Evening News report does.

From CBSNews.com:

 

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Research is emerging almost daily on the role of the microbiome in human health. But how do we acquire this mysterious community of microbes and more importantly how do we make sure the good bacteria outnumber the bad? According to a new book by Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, Your Baby’s Microbiome, it all starts […] Read More

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Are you prepared in the event of a sudden emergency? Blizzard, earthquake, insurrection after the inauguration? We know a lot of people are wondering what’s coming next in the US, as well as the world, given terrorism, politics, and global warming, among other threats. In this excerpt from When Technology Fails, a popular book on […] Read More

Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More
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