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Ecosystems

Protecting the web of life.

Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body
by Claudia Rowe
New findings explain how politics, economics, and ecology can help or hurt our bodies.
America’s Deficit Attention Disorder America’s Deficit Attention Disorder
by David Korten
Money is the least of our problems. It’s time to pay attention to the real deficits that are killing us.
What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches
by Shannon Hayes
The appearance of “bloodsucking parasites” in one farm family’s pond got them thinking: How could we be so comfortable with our natural world, yet paranoid about harmless—and helpful—creatures in it?
Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising
by John Perkins
In the Amazonian backcountry, tribes are challenging construction of the world’s third-largest dam—by dismantling it. Here’s what they can teach us about standing up to power.
Inside America’s Worst Toxic Waste Cover-Up Inside America’s Worst Toxic Waste Cover-Up
by Valerie Schloredt
Film Review: The Big Fix exposes BP’s efforts to minimize awareness of North America’s biggest oil spill.
How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard
by Heidi Bruce, Shannan Stoll
Bats are mammals, shy creatures of the night, and fascinating to watch. They’re also endangered by loss of habitat, disease, and pesticide poisoning. You can help by providing protection.
Feedback from the Melting Arctic Feedback from the Melting Arctic
by Valerie Schloredt
NASA completed a cross-institutional study on rising methane levels in the Arctic. The results, we're afraid, do not look good.
A Last (Chemical) Gasp for Bees? A Last (Chemical) Gasp for Bees?
by Shannan Stoll
Colony collapse disorder threatens food crops valued at $15 billion a year. New research says farm chemicals put our food system at risk.
Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe
by Sena Christian
Decades ago, the legendary journey of the open-ocean canoe Hokule‘a revealed secrets of Hawai‘i’s past and sparked pride in native culture. Now, a voyage around the world offers a new generation lessons about Earth’s uncertain future.
Free Your (Eco)Mind Free Your (Eco)Mind
by Frances Moore Lappé
This Earth Day, think like an ecosystem—and you just might save the world.
What’s the Most Astounding Fact About the Universe? What’s the Most Astounding Fact About the Universe?
Ask an astrophysicist.
Farmers Go Wild Farmers Go Wild
by Abby Quillen
Going beyond organic, a new generation of farmers is nurturing nature as well as crops.
Vandana Shiva: Teachers for a Living World Vandana Shiva: Teachers for a Living World
by Madhu Suri Prakash
While Ivy League schools marvel at India’s economic growth, Vandana Shiva’s University of the Seed looks to the earth—and Gandhi—for guidance.
Hope for Salmon as Dams Come Down Hope for Salmon as Dams Come Down
by Jennifer Kaye
The destruction of two Washington State dams will restore depleted fisheries, create jobs, and maybe even change how we manage our rivers.
Girl Scouts Take Aim at their Own Cookie Ingredients Girl Scouts Take Aim at their Own Cookie Ingredients
by Jen Horton
Two seventh-graders set out to save orangutans—and ended up changing the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.
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