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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.
Wes Jackson: A Perennial Revolution in Agriculture 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? 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 Farming With the Wild
by Dan Imhoff
Photo Essay: How agriculture and wildlands can both flourish—together.
Removing the Elwha Dam 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.
Visual Learning: Boom! Visual Learning: Boom!
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it's interesting (or not). In this case, it's all about oil spill cleanup.
Gold or Water: The Fight Goes on in El Salvador Gold or Water: The Fight Goes on in El Salvador
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
With the eyes of the world on mass protests against corporate control of governments, El Salvador debates a new ban on gold mining.
Red State Ranchers Vs. the Pipeline Red State Ranchers Vs. the Pipeline
Nebraska isn’t known for environmental activism—but an oil pipeline that would cross the Ogallala aquifer is changing that.
Fibershed Moments Fibershed Moments
by Rebecca Burgess
We often think about local food—but what about local fabric? Photos from one woman’s quest to know her “fibershed.”
Join In: The People v. the Pipeline Join In: The People v. the Pipeline
Join us for a live Twitter chat at 8 p.m. EST with YES! executive editor Sarah van Gelder, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, and others on the controversial tar sands pipeline and the mass civil disobedience kicking off next week to fight it.
Harnessing the Multiplier Effect Harnessing the Multiplier Effect
by Nathanael Massey
We're all familiar with vicious cycles. But what happens when solutions build on each other?
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