Planet

You Are Where You Live
by Susan Griffin
How the sky, rain, geography, and cultures of our place shape us.
What Would a Down-to-Earth Economy Look Like?
by David Korten
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 Gustafson
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 Rowe
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 Roman
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.
What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
BP’s Civil Fines Could be 10 Times Larger than Record Criminal Penalty
by Signe Predmore
The $4.5 billion oil giant BP has agreed to pay out for criminal misconduct related to the Deepwater Horizon spill is too small to change the company’s business model. Yet more and bigger payments are likely to come.
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelder
It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
To Save Our Ecosystems, Stop Overloading Them
by Doug Pibel, Madeline Ostrander
Left alone, natural systems keep nitrogen, carbon, and other key ingredients of life balanced.
From Soap to Cities, Designing From Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges
by Sven Eberlein
Can a boat be designed to clean the water? How does a spider manufacture resilient fiber? We need products that don’t harm us or the environment, and nature’s already done the research.
5 Ways to Protect the Rights of Future Generations
by Melanie Jae Martin
This fall, 150 women gathered in the desert town of Moab, Utah, to discuss the changes we would need to respect the rights of future generations.
Maryam Henein: Filmmaker Advocate for the Bees
Concerned about dwindling bee populations, this journalist undertook a five-year labor of love to educate the public about the harmful impact of pesticides on bees.
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
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
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?