A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels?
by Mark Andrew BoyerMay 31, 2013
- The mine-ravaged communities of Eastern Kentucky have been increasingly abandoned by the coal economy. Could growing biofuels jump-start a new local jobs market—and renew the land in the process?
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
by Nadia ColburnApr 22, 2013
- When author Florence Williams learned her breast milk contained chemicals like flame retardants, she started investigating what exactly is in a breast and how that body part connects us to our children, our past, and our surroundings.
Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World Is a Seed
by Abby QuillenApr 04, 2013
- “The Seed Underground” is a love letter to the quiet revolutionaries who are saving our food heritage.
Shh! Will U.S. Navy Turn It Down for Whales and Dolphins?
by Peter PearsallMar 25, 2013
- Human allies of whales and dolphins have long had difficulty reining in the Navy’s use of sonar that harms these animals. But recent developments suggest that may be starting to change.
The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration
by Peter Pearsall, Cecilia GarzaMar 01, 2013
- As climate change forces species to head for cooler climates, biologists are using new tools and partnerships to make sure we help—and don't hinder—their flight.
Farmer-Philosopher Fred Kirschenmann on Food and the Warming Future
by Peter PearsallFeb 22, 2013
- In this wide-ranging interview, Kirschenmann gives YES! the dirt on the future of farming.
Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Let’s Help It Feed Itself
by Shannon HayesFeb 20, 2013
- We know about the ecological problems that follow when farmers are asked to “feed the world.” What would happen if they just tried to feed their neighbors instead?
People We Love: David Feld
by Fabien TepperFeb 07, 2013
- Designing nonviolent ways for humans and animals to live in harmony—in the city.
Backyard Permaculture: A 12-Step Program
by Doug PibelFeb 04, 2013
- Author Peter Bane grew more than 150 species on less than 2,000 square feet. Here are 12 tips to get you there.
How Does Nature Do That?
by Margo FarnsworthFeb 01, 2013
- Former park ranger-turned-professor Margo Farnsworth believes that biomimicry is one of the most important new tools for sustainability. It gets her students outside and unleashes their scientific and entrepreneurial minds.
You Are Where You Live
by Susan GriffinJan 30, 2013
- How the sky, rain, geography, and cultures of our place shape us.
What Would a Down-to-Earth Economy Look Like?
by David KortenJan 17, 2013
- How did we end up with Wall Street when models for a healthy economy are all around us?
Looking for an Earth-Friendly Source of Fish? Try Barn-Raised
by Katherine GustafsonJan 03, 2013
- Aquaponics takes advantage of nature’s processes to fill Americans’ growing appetite for fish—without overfishing or destructive farming.
A Living Sewage Treatment Plant? These People Grew One
by Claudia RoweJan 03, 2013
- Every flush of a standard toilet creates a several-gallon problem. Instead of wasting water, plants and animals can transform human waste into water rated pure enough to drink.
Invasive Species: If You Can’t Beat ’em, Eat ’em
by Joe RomanJan 03, 2013
- Species like green crabs, feral pigs, snakeheads, and zebra mussels cost $120 billion a year in damage. For a cheaper alternative, try eating them instead.