Jessica A. Knoblauch

Writer/Editor

I am currently the senior staff writer at Earthjustice, an environmental nonprofit that sues polluters who threaten our environment and our health. Previously, I worked as an editorial assistant at Plenty magazine and as a freelance journalist. My writing has appeared in several publications including Grist, Scientific American, Environmental Health News and Earth Island Journal. I'm a big believer in the power of storytelling to make a positive difference in this world.

Portfolio

Island Revival: Water Returns to Hawaii's People
As Big Sugar plantations release their grip on the islands, local and Native Hawaiian communities are reclaiming their water rights and restoring their deep-rooted ties to the...
Trump's Consumer Advocate Nominee Often Fights Consumers
Most people probably don't think or hear much about the Consumer Product Safety Commission-that is, unless their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ignites or loose blade pieces from their...
EPA's Message to the Public: Stop Talking Because We're Not Listening
Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans was preparing to leave her house for an evening workout last month when her phone rang with a call from the Environmental Protection Agency. She...
In First for Consumer Safety, Federal Commission Moves to Ban Entire Class of Toxic Flame Retardants
A recent, groundbreaking decision by the Consumer Product Safety Commission may signal a major shift in how consumer products are regulated to keep us safe from toxic chemicals....

Features

Happy Cows and Tighty-Whitey Tests: Welcome to the Future of Farming
Farmer and rancher Seth Watkins is a numbers guy-but with dirt under his fingernails and a heart as golden as the corn cobs on his 3,200-acre farm in southwest Iowa. In 1998,...
Why Patagonia Joined the National Monuments Fight
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended today that the Trump administration shrink the size of Bears Ears National Monument. If Trump follows Zinke's recommendation, the fight...
Grizzlies 'Saved His Life' and Now He Fights To Save Theirs
After naturalist and author Doug Peacock served two tours as a Green Beret medic in Vietnam, he went into the American wilderness to confront his demons. There, he closely...
Pesticides in Paradise
Genetically engineered crops testing in Hawai'i has reinvigorated a larger debate over whether communities should have a say in what happens within their own borders. Malia Chun...
Europe leads effort to push for design of "green" drugs - Environmental Health News
The European Union requires environmental review of new drugs. Sweden leads the way, creating database so doctors can check whether medications are "green" before prescribing them.
Firefighters Turn Up The Heat On Flame Retardants
Flame retardants are among more than 80,000 chemicals on the market that have not been adequately tested for health and safety. They have received increased scrutiny for their...
Not the last straw: Homes made from straw bales make a comeback
After carpenter ants literally ate Philip Higgs' studio in Boulder, Colo., he decided to rebuild anew - only this time, with straw. "I wanted to build something that was going...
Too Sacred To Drill
For more than 10,000 years, the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park in Montana has provided strength, subsistence and cultural identity for members of the...
Silver Bullet or Tiny Terror?
Nanotechnology promises to clean up some of the most polluted places in the United States. But uncertainties about the technology's effects have some people worried about...
The environmental toll of plastics
From cell phones and computers to bicycle helmets and hospital IV bags, plastic has molded society in many ways that make life both easier and safer. But the synthetic material...
New x-ray machines may kill food bacteria, prevent outbreaks
Zapping nuts, spinach, lettuce and other foods with x-rays could kill more pathogens that cause nationwide disease outbreaks. Drawbacks remain, however.
Food may contain environmental estrogens
A discovery that two commonly used food additives are estrogenic has led scientists to suspect that many ingredients added to the food supply may be capable of altering...
Crown of the Continent: Taming the Wild West
Deep within the northern Rocky Mountains, grizzly bears rest sleepily in cozy dens in the dead of winter. Meanwhile, a much smaller, bear-like creature is busy covering vast...
Bowling green in Brooklyn
Entrepreneur Charley Ryan has his eye on the ball. As co-founder of Brooklyn Bowl, a 23,000-square-foot bowling alley/concert hall/eatery that recently opened in the hip area of...
Fracking Runs Afoul of Hometown, U.S.A.
It's easy to understand why leaders and citizens in Cooperstown, NY, rose up to protect their town against fracking—and towns across America are following suit.
Pacific NW landowners team up to market forest offsets
Courtesy Ecotrust's sbeebe via Flickr Though most people probably think of national parks when they think of forests, more than half of the 750 million acres of forestland in...
The hot and splicey debate over GMOs
If you ate today, chances are you consumed a genetically modified organism (GMO). A GMO is a living organism-be it animal or vegetable-whose genes have been tinkered with by...
Cowpooling, or how to save money by buying 700 pounds of meat with your friends
Picture a meat eating, bone sucking, finger-licking carnivore - not exactly the face of an environmentalist, right? But a new crop of meat eaters are greening their eating...
What You Don't Know Can Kill You
What's clear, colorless and may cause cancer? If it were up to the chemical industry, you might never know that the answer is styrene. It doesn't matter that it's found in...
Entrepreneur creates soap from food grease
A few years back, Marshall Dostal had an explosive problem. Drums of glycerin, a byproduct of turning waste grease into biofuel, had piled up in his garage in Pasadena, Calif....
Use With Caution
More than 20,000 substances have been added to the list of chemicals used in household cleaning products over the past 30 years, and the government is doing little to regulate...
Thousands of kids exposed to dangerous liquid mercury in schools, homes.
When children encounter long-forgotten stashes of liquid mercury, schools have to shut down for days or weeks and the toxic trail left in classrooms, buses, homes and...
Beauty Biohazard
Putting on make-up is supposed to be about improving a look, but some make-up may have ugly effects.
(Fresh) Food Fight
Farm to school may be a recipe for success,but barriers prevent these programs from taking hold.
To meat or not to meat
Jonathan Safran Foer's new book, Eating Animals (Little, Brown and Company, $25.99), isn't your typical case for vegetarianism. But that's a good thing, because really, who...

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