Jessica A. Knoblauch

Writer/Editor/Storyteller

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.

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MNN - Mother Nature Network

'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...

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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...

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Along With Flooding, Hurricane Florence Unleashes Toxic Coal Ash

As Hurricane Florence floods the Carolinas, a long-buried coal industry secret is rising to the surface. Across the country, giant pits filled with millions of tons of coal ash...

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Hawaiʻi Scores Another Big Win in Stopping Harmful Aquarium Fishing, Protecting Reefs and Native...

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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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.

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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...

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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...

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Trump Regulators Just Gave Oil Industry a Pass to Injure Whales, Other Marine Life

The low, guttural bellows and high-pitched calls of the North Atlantic right whale may soon be drowned out-or altogether silenced-by the continuous blasts of seismic airguns...

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Why Hurricane Florence Could Become a Public Health Crisis

People in the southeastern U.S. are facing life threatening winds and rains from Hurricane Florence. Less obvious, but also of great concern, is the public health threat posed...

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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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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....

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...