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Kari Lydersen
Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based freelancer and journalism instructor at Columbia College and in a non-profit youth program. She is the author of three books, most recently "Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis."
Stories by Kari Lydersen
November 4, 2013
A Koch brothers company is piling huge mounds of toxic petcoke—the black, dusty remnants of tar sands oil—along the Calumet River. Chicagoans (obviously) want it out of there.
July 25, 2011
Company officials initially denied that dirtier, heavier crude from Canada had spilled into the Kalamazoo River, but its impact has been more damaging for the environment than conventional oil. Critics say the spill raises a red flag for another pipeline planned to cross the Midwest.
May 3, 2011
Billions of fish die every year in power plant water intake systems. Is a new EPA rule going far enough to help fix the problem?
March 29, 2011
The Army Corps of Engineers has long contended that its $10 million electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal has prevented invasive, voracious Asian carp from getting into Lake Michigan, where many fear they... read more >
November 24, 2010
In the fight against climate change, NRDC harnesses the power of America’s heartland to stop dirty coal.
November 3, 2010
A Kansas environmental official became a hero to advocates for blocking new coal-fired power plants due to greenhouse gas pollution. Now he's out of a job as the power company continues to seek expansion.
September 20, 2010
The sense of déjà vu was as strong as the smell of oil fumes in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville. Parking lots were full of vacuum trucks and other large vehicles emblazoned with the names of environmental remediation... read more >
August 12, 2010
After up to a million gallons of oil spilled into Michigan's Kalamazoo River from an underground pipeline late last month, investigators and local residents focused on concerns about where and when the spill started and what... read more >
August 6, 2010
Energy companies want to transport more oil derived from Canada's environmentally damaging tar sands. Advocates say the latest disaster shows that the risks are very real.
July 21, 2010
Chicago's faded south side is now home to the world's largest urban solar farm, producing clean energy and local jobs. Will other Rust Belt cities follow?
February 22, 2010
Summer sea ice is melting in the Arctic, exposing for the first time the fabled Northwest Passage that Europeans sought for centuries. That creates a new frontier for human endeavors ... and potentially a new world of... read more >
February 22, 2010
The border between the United States and Mexico is fortified with walls and fences and patrolled by aircraft, remote-sensing technology, and an increasing number of border patrol agents. But just putting up barriers doesn't... read more >
February 19, 2010
NRDC and its allies argue in favor of Michigan's attempt to temporarily close Chicago-area shipping locks and prevent the voracious invasive species from reaching the Great Lakes.
February 12, 2010
Federal officials want to assure the public that they're serious about stopping the dreaded Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes and destroying its $7 billion fishing industry. So they're holding a public meeting this... read more >