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

Out for Blood: Legislators Escalate Their War on Wolves
One dead wolf, every three hours. That's how quickly a dozen wolves were shot and killed during the first 40 hours of Wyoming's inaugural wolf hunt last fall. The...
How Two Women Teamed Up to Take on the Chemical Industry-and Won
In the early 2000s, scientist Arlene Blum set out on a quest to reduce the amount of flame retardants in homes across America. Research showed that these chemicals-found in many...
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...
A Fossil Fuel Company Tried to Put a Dirty Gas Plant on a Beautiful Coastline. It Failed.
This week, the city of Oxnard, California, became known for being more than just one of the strawberry capitals of the world. The coastal town, which lies between the more...
Tired of Dirty Energy Winning, This Government Insider Tipped Off Earthjustice
Imagine Los Angeles without smog. No dirty haze dimming streetlights, no film obscuring the Hollywood sign on the hill. Electric vehicles have evolved beyond status symbols;...
Judges to EPA: Get the Lead Out (on Protecting Children's Brains)
After dragging its heels for almost two decades, the EPA was recently ordered by a court to update its standards on allowable lead levels in paint and dust, which are some of...
New York's Governor Wants to Run Roughshod Over the Adirondacks. We Just Stopped Him.
As we continue our fight against Trump's recent decision to slash the size of two national monuments in Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears, Earthjustice attorneys...
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...
Trump Admin Just Lost Another Attempt to Nix Commonsense Rules on Methane
An Obama-era rule meant to improve air quality, curb climate emissions and bring millions of dollars into the public coffers is back in effect once again. Recently, a U.S.
Grassroots Activists Just Proved Big Oil Can't Buy Its Way Into America's Hometowns
"Their first mistake was in trying to talk down to us," says Linda Garcia, a community leader in Vancouver, Washington, a scrappy, former timber town that sits just across the...
Climate Change Forces Quinault Tribe to Seek Higher Ground
There's nothing more powerful than the ocean. Tribal member Larry Ralston is reminded of that simple fact every time he visits the 23 miles of foggy, windswept coastline on the...
The Next Battle in the Fight to Stop Dirty Pipelines
Recently, a federal district judge found that a 162-mile long crude oil pipeline known as the Bayou Bridge would "irreparably harm" the Atchafalaya Basin-one of the nation's...
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.

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