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Lauren Ketcham

Lauren Ketcham

Lauren Ketcham is the Communications Coordinator for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, a state-wide coalition of farmers, consumers, retailers, educators, and others working to promote local and organic food systems through education, advocacy and grassroots organizing. Previously, as an environmental advocate in New Mexico, Ketcham organized successful campaigns to set stricter pollution standards for automobiles, increase renewable energy production and to block a multi-million dollar developer sprawl subsidy. She also served on the board of the Appalachian Peoples' Action Coalition, the City of Albuquerque Climate Action Taskforce, the New Mexico Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, the New Mexico Mid-Region Council of Governments and held research positions with New Mexico State University. She may be reached at (614) 421-2022 or lauren@oeffa.org.


One of the beavers released into England's Somerset county this January, which has now helped build the area's first dam in more than 400 years. Ben Birchall / PA Images via Getty Images

England's Somerset county can now boast its first beaver dam in more than 400 years.

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Australia's dingo fences, built to protect livestock from wild dogs, stretch for thousands of miles. Marian Deschain / Wikimedia

By Alex McInturff, Christine Wilkinson and Wenjing Xu

What is the most common form of human infrastructure in the world? It may well be the fence. Recent estimates suggest that the total length of all fencing around the globe is 10 times greater than the total length of roads. If our planet's fences were stretched end to end, they would likely bridge the distance from Earth to the Sun multiple times.

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Hopi blue corn is being affected by climate change. Abrahami / Wikimedia Commons / CC by 3.0

Climate change is making ancient Hopi farming nearly impossible, threatening not just the Tribe's staple food source, but a pillar of its culture and religion, the Arizona Republic reports.

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Pollution on the Ganges River. Kaushik Ghosh / Moment Open / Getty Images

The most polluted river in the world continues to be exploited through fishing practices that threaten endangered wildlife, new research shows.

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Oil spills, such as the one in Mauritius in August 2020, could soon be among the ecological crimes considered ecocide. - / AFP / Getty Images

By Kenny Stancil

An expert panel of top international and environmental lawyers have begun working this month on a legal definition of "ecocide" with the goal of making mass ecological damage an enforceable international crime on par with war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

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