Jessica A. Knoblauch


I am a senior staff writer at Earthjustice, an environmental nonprofit that sues polluters who threaten our health and environment. 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 believe in the power of storytelling to advance positive change in this world.




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...

MNN - Mother Nature Network

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...

Earth Island Journal

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...

Environmental Health News

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...

Environmental Health News

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.

Environmental Health News

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...

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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...

Plenty Magazine

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...

MNN - Mother Nature Network

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...

MNN - Mother Nature Network

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....

EJ Magazine

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...

Environmenta Health News

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...

EJ Magazine

Beauty Biohazard

Putting on make-up is supposed to be about improving a look, but some make-up may have ugly effects.

EJ Magazine

(Fresh) Food Fight

Farm to school may be a recipe for success,but barriers prevent these programs from taking hold.

MNN - Mother Nature Network

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...