Here are some key environmental articles that every student should read in their course of study. All of these articles are available on the web. If you know of another important article, add it to this list. You might also think about uploading a set of thought questions on the article. Please upload document in a .pdf format so that everyone can open them. A free .pdf creator can be found at doPDF (

The Biotech Century, May/June 1998
This article is adapted from Jeremy Rifkin's book The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World (Tarcher/Putnam).

The Challenges We Face
Time Magazine, August 2002

Easter's End
Discover Magazine, 1995
Notes: Learn more about Easter Island at NOVA (

How Many People Can Earth Hold?
Joel E. Cohen

Discover Magazine, November 1992

Natural Capitalism
Paul Hawken

Mother Jones Magazine, March/April 1997
Natural Capitalism_Paul Hawken.pdf
Paul Hawken_Natural Capital article_questions.pdf

The Poisoning of Minimata
Douglas Allchin

Top of the Food Chain
T.C. Boyles