Mother Jones

Who Holds the Clicker?

Neuroscientists hope that brain implants can treat intractable mental illness. But who would control those brave new minds?

Nov 2005

The Most Important Number on Earth

Now that we know how far we are past the carbon tipping point, it's time to freak out—and get to work.

Nov 2008

The Greenback Effect

Greed has helped destroy the planet—maybe now it can help save it.

May 2008

Waste Not, Want Not

We've finally reached a point where we can't keep hyperconsuming—and that's a good thing.

May 2009

Are We Better Off: In Search of Common Ground

After all the post-9/11 talk about Americans pulling together, why does it feel as though we’re moving farther apart?

May 2004

Patriotic Acts

Every generation finds its own definition of patriotism. For the author, it's rooted in a Vietnam-era boyhood on Lexington Green and is flourishing amid a post-Seattle awakening.

Nov 2000

One Roof at a Time

With no help from the Bush administration—but plenty from Europe, Japan, New York, and California—solar power is edging into the mainstream.

Nov 2004

An Alternative to Progress

Bangladesh, despite all its problems, holds the promise of a kind of self-sufficiency not imagined at the World Bank.

May 2001

Curitiba and Hope

The Brazilian city of Curitiba is a global model for development that both respects the earth and delights its inhabitants.

Nov 2005

Curing the Copenhangover

Think infighting will fix climate change? Dream on. It’s time to unite and build a bigger movement.

Jan 2010

The End of Growth

“Renounce and enjoy,” Gandhi taught. Now, as we push the global limits of unrestrained growth and comsumption, his message may finally hit home.

Nov 1999

Hype vs. Hope

Is corporate do-goodery for real?

Nov 2006
By Editors Recommend

Reversal of Fortune

The formula for human well-being used to be simple: Make money, get happy. So why is the old axiom suddenly turning on us?

Mar 2007

Climate of Denial

One morning in Kyoto, we won a round in the battle against global warming. Then special interests and pseudoscience snatched the truth away. What happened?

May 2005

An End to Sweet Illusions

America must open its eyes to the rest of the world.

Jan 2002

The $100 Christmas

A small revolt takes hold in the author’s New England hometown.

Nov 1997

Forgotten Fruits

Before there were factory orchards full of patent-protected Galas and Fujis, there was the Blake. The Queen’s Pocket. The Esopus Spitzenburg. John Bunker is on a mission to bring back the apples that made America great.

Mar 2013

Prime Time Pushers

Freed from federal restrictions, pharmaceutical companies are flooding television with ads for prescription drugs. What does it mean for our health care when serious medicine is marketed like soap?

Mar 2001

Hellbent on Redemption

Who would’ve thought that teenagers talking about sex would end up talking about their souls?

Jan 1995

Thailand’s Brothel Busters

A U.S.–based group is spurring high-profile raids to free sex workers. But what happens when the women don’t want to be saved?

Nov 2003

What’s a River For?

Thousands of dead salmon, acres of dying crops, pesticide-poisoned birds: How the Klamath River became the first casualty in the West’s new water wars.

May 2003

Aquaculture’s Troubled Harvest

Raising salmon in ocean pens was supposed to preserve the wild and feed the world—but industrial-style fish farming is threatening native fish and the ecosystems that depend on them. The latest battleground: British Columbia.

Nov 2001

The New Yankees

Before the Somali refugees showed up, Lewiston, Maine, was just another struggling mill town. Now it has a mosque, three halal shops, and—for the first time in a century—a growing population.

Mar 2004

Migrants No More

Mexicans used to come to California’s San Joaquin Valley to work the harvest and go home. But now the migrants are settling in—and so is a stark, new kind of poverty.

Nov 2004