Joshua Frank

Joshua Frank is an award-winning California-based journalist and co-editor of CounterPunch. He is the author of the new book Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America (Haymarket Books).

Lithium mine in Bolivia

Of Life and Lithium

While we may change the kinds of cars we drive, we won’t change our lifestyles to fit a climate-challenged future. Millions upon millions of new zero-emission vehicles will be required and to create them, we’ll need staggering amounts of resources that are still lodged below the earth’s crust.

April 4, 2024


Dam, Dam, Dam!: Is There a Place for Hydropower in a Warming World?

Hydropower won’t help solve the climate crisis, but new dam projects may lead to war over one thing key to our survival — access to fresh, clean water.

February 20, 2024

Ship in South China Sea

The South China Sea’s Resource Wars

It’s difficult to believe that devastating the ocean’s depths in search of minerals for electric batteries and other technologies could offer a sustainable way to fend off climate change.

September 19, 2023


Will the West Turn Ukraine into a Nuclear Battlefield?

While the UK’s decision to send depleted-uranium shells to Ukraine is unlikely to prove a turning point in the war’s outcome, it will have a lasting, potentially devastating, impact on soldiers, civilians, and the environment.

April 20, 2023

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Nuclear Fusion Won’t Save the Climate But It Might Blow Up the World

Sadly, fusion won’t save the Arctic from melting, but if we don’t put a stop to it, that breakthrough technology could someday melt us all.

January 26, 2023