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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
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
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?
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
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
by Frances Moore Lappe
This Earth Day, think like an ecosystem—and you just might save the world.
What’s the Most Astounding Fact About the Universe?
Ask an astrophysicist.
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
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
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
by Jen Horton
Two seventh-graders set out to save orangutans—and ended up changing the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.
Wes Jackson: A Perennial Revolution in Agriculture
by Ken Meter
The YES! Breakthrough 15: Revolutionizing agriculture with crops that grow like a prairie.
Can We Restore the Prairie—And Still Support Ourselves?
by Wes Jackson
Since ripping open the prairie for modern monocultures, we're losing soil and fertility. Agricultural pioneer Wes Jackson says there's another way.
Farming With the Wild
by Dan Imhoff
Photo Essay: How agriculture and wildlands can both flourish—together.
Removing the Elwha Dam
Plans to restore the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state begin with the removal of a dam that's stood for almost a century.