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.

United States of America

Portfolio

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'Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells'

It's rare these days to find a pro-clean energy book that doesn't just fill every page with oil and gas bashing rhetoric, but that's just one of the reasons that environmental...

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Dying Reefs

In 1940, when John Steinbeck sailed along the coast of Baja California, collecting marine specimens, he rounded the tip of Baja and discovered Cabo Pulmo-the largest living...

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Stormy Waters

Earthjustice’s ocean litigation is working to broaden the federal government's fragmented approach by taking a more holistic view of the ocean ecosystem, a crucial tactic in...

Blogs

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Government Agency Nixes Coal Photo on Public Lands Website After Public Outcry

The Trump administration just got a harsh reminder just how strongly Americans feel about protecting public lands. A few days ago, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM),...

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5 Ways EPA Budget Cuts Affect You

President Trump is no fan of a clean environment-a fact that is becoming all the more clear as he proposes a wide range of bills meant to water down or gut regulations that...

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Wildlife Refuges Are No Place for a Bee-Killing Pesticide

Wildlife refuges are meant to be just that-places carefully managed to allow animals and plants to flourish. Certainly, they're no place for toxic pesticides, especially in a...

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We're Suing the Trump Administration for Delaying Protections Against Methane. Again.

Earthjustice is suing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today over its decision to delay regulations on methane, a major greenhouse gas. Delays of critical environmental...

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Earthjustice wins 16-year-long battle to protect 50 million acres of forests

A decades-long fight over a landmark rule protecting wild forests nationwide took another successful-and possibly final-turn last week after a U.S. district court threw out a...

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Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Halts Commercial Aquarium Fishing, Protecting Reefs and Native Hawaiians

Scuba diver Rene Umberger knows that the aquarium fishing industry is a deadly business. And not just for the fish. While out on a diving and snorkeling expedition in 2014 to...

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Your Dog and Cat's Food Container Bags May Be Coated with Toxic Chemicals

Every pet owner knows the consequences of feeding their dog or cat too many table scraps. Your pet gets fat, and your daily pet poop patrol suddenly smells a lot worse. But even...

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Judge to FDA: The Government Must Pull Aside Curtain on GE Salmon

Recently, a U.S. District Court judge took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to task for withholding government documents related to the agency's approval of...

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New Report Finds GE Crops Don't Increase Yields but Do Increase Herbicide Use

New research finds that GE technology doesn’t increase crop yields or reduce overall pesticide use.

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Pints that Pack a Punch: A Conversation with Jerry of Ben & Jerry's

Recently, Earthjustice sat down with Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s to talk about ice cream, GE labeling and the inspiration behind the Bernie’s Yearning flavor.

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Saving the Original Christmas Trees

As people across the country decorate their Christmas trees, some of their oldest-remaining ancestors are at risk of being chopped down.

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What is dry cask nuclear waste storage?

Q. My question has to do with Yucca Mountain, which is proposed to be the nation's first nuclear waste dump site. Building the site is now supposed to cost taxpayers $32 billion...

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Doggie Dilemma: Limiting Flame Retardant Exposure in Pets

New regulations are making it easier for consumers to find products free of flame retardants, but there’s much more work to do to limit the exposure of these toxic chemicals to...

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Keeping the Wolverine Wild

Earthjustice is once again fighting to protect the wolverine, a tough-as-nails creature that’s nevertheless extremely vulnerable to climate change and development.

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Seven Ways This New Chemical Law Will Make You Safer

Updates to the chemical safety law known as TSCA will help to better protect Americans from toxic chemicals.

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Recyclebank rewards recyclers

Recycling is a lot like working out - you know you should do it, but at the end of a long Monday when the dirty dishes are piled up in the sink and the couch never looked so...