In today’s edition of TIDEPOOL:

Jane JacobsToday’s top story highlights some good news from Montana: Logging companies and environmental organizations announce a compromise land-use plan for 3.3 million acres of national forest.

And an article that will interest British Columbians: Native Vancouver Islander Patrick Moore has risen to new heights. Moore, a founder of Greenpeace and, more recently, the scourge of many forest activists, is now partnering with ex-EPA head Christine Todd Whitman to lead a PR campaign for the nuclear energy industry. The announcement comes with the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. Perhaps not the best timing? You’d think such seasoned flacks would know better.

Other news from Canada for those interested in sprawl and urban planning: Jane Jacobs, author of the influential book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, has died at the age of 89 in Toronto. The Nation recently ran a thoughtful essay by Rebecca Solnit on the legacies of Jacobs, Rachel Carson and Betty Friedan. I highly recommend it.

And more on the front page of Tidepool: Celebrate grassroots environmental heroes. Meet an evangelical organic farmer who preaches that industrial agriculture is a sin. And find out why old folks will revolutionize public transit and urban density.

PS: You career do-gooders might appreciate this commentary on economic security from the LA Times: Maude, Meet Harold.

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