| Jul 10, 2011
Naturalist Anne LaBastille became something of a cult hero among modern women for embracing a distinctly frontier past.
When her marriage fell apart in the mid-1960s, she took refuge in the wilderness, building a log cabin on a hidden lake in the...
| Sep 27, 2011
Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist who made it her mission to teach her countrywomen to plant trees and became Africa's first female Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died. She was 71.
One of Kenya's most beloved figures, Maathai died Sunday after...
| Jun 22, 2011
Strap yourself in, dear reader.
Tidbits of additional information about recent column topics have been trickling this way, and it's time to catch up on them.
First, a recent column criticized Lake County for spending about $8,000 to pave a parking lot...
| Dec 25, 2010
| 7:39 PM
John Hankinson Jr., a veteran of many of Florida's biggest environmental battles, is now the federal government's point man for one of the nation's most pressing challenges: cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the largest offshore oil spill...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 11:57 PM
Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2011 is in the books, as the first of 130 bands played on eight stages Friday in Grant Park. Attendance was maxed out – with 90,000 people expected each of three days at the festival. Here’s how Friday went down, with...
| Aug 7, 2011
| 10:32 PM
Lollapalooza 2011 is a wrap with record daily attendance (90,000), adding up to the most populated festival in North America (270,000) over the three-day weekend. Here’s an hour-by-hour account of Sunday’s action, once again from yours truly...
| Nov 27, 2010
| 6:27 PM
Nearly five years ago, a wintry day of fishing turned into a dolphin-rescue story made for Hollywood. And now the tale of the tail is being made by Hollywood.
"Dolphin Tale" is based on the life story of Winter the dolphin, who lost her tail but now...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 3:05 PM
The company that owns two pollution-spewing coal-fired power plants targeted by environmental activists could be forced to talk clean-up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel after an ordinance was unveiled today that could halt their operations.
Although a nearly...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 2:08 PM
Despite decades of efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes, dozens of old power plants still are allowed to kill hundreds of millions of fish each year by sucking in massive amounts of water to cool their equipment.
Records obtained by the Tribune...
| Aug 13, 2011
Whether by sea or by air, there are plenty of natural diversions in coming months in the Florida Keys.
Let's start in the water, where an underwater art exhibit has debuted on a former Air Force missile-tracking ship sunk as an artificial reef in the...
| Jul 14, 2011
Mom and Dad were not happy. Shrieking, circling, diving, they warned the man in the cherry picker to leave their chick, high up in the nest, alone. It was likely the first baby for these osprey parents, after all.
But Chris Anchor, a wildlife biologist...