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Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change: New Author on Science, Grief, and Hope
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For geographer and author M Jackson, knowing climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too.
Meet the Scientist Breeding More Resilient Bees (And 4 Other People Working to Save the Pollinators)
by Miles Schneiderman
With honeybee populations on the decline, scientists, lawyers, and even artists have set out to save humanity's most important pollinators.
We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life
by Matt Soniak
City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.
Depaving Cities, Undamming Rivers—Here’s How We’re Undoing the Damage
by Diane Brooks
All around the United States, people are stepping up to help a damaged planet heal.
Women Over 65 Own Nearly a Third of Iowa’s Farmland—Can They Prevent the Next Dust Bowl?
by Sena Christian
So many older women are inheriting farms that some experts believe training them in land conservation may be society's best bet in protecting the food supply.
Why We Need a New—and Old—Relationship With Our Living Earth
by Dean Paton
More and more people have come to understand that behaving as if they hold all rights to Earth’s bounty amounts to an eighth deadly sin.
Dutch Company Powers Streetlights With Living Plants; Will Your Cell Phone Be Next?
by Kayla Schultz
Forget potato clocks. This promising new technology derives substantial amounts of electricity from living plants.
Permanent Housing for 85 Homeless People Saved Taxpayers $1.8 Million (And 18 Other Facts to Think About)
by Natasha Donovan
Did you know an elephant can bring in more than $1.6 million during its lifetime—from ecotourism?
Video: Why Waste Coffee Grounds When Delicious Mushrooms Love to Grow on Them?
See how an urban farm in the United Kingdom is recycling coffee waste to grow gourmet mushrooms.
Coral Reefs for Climate Justice? The Oceans Can’t Speak, But They Need Our Help
by Richard Schiffman
The world under the waves is under attack from climate change, overfishing, and pollution. But major marine sanctuaries are making a difference.
Video: In Rural Kenya, Solar Lanterns Cut Carbon and Help Kids Read
Solar power can be transformative in places where people have to walk for miles just to charge a cell phone.
A Local Economy Solution to Africa's Poaching Problem
by Richard Schiffman
Communities that enjoy the economic benefits of wildlife tourism don’t harbor poachers.
Portland's E. Coli Scare: How Mushrooms Could Have Helped Prevent It
by James Trimarco
Filters that contain fungi with powerful antibiotic properties can help remove harmful bacteria from water.
How Wolves Help Yellowstone's Trees Grow Taller
In some parts of the park, the average height of the trees quintupled over six years.
Dear Paul Krugman: Is GDP Growth Making Us Richer or Poorer? (Please Clarify.)
by Herman Daly
Is Paul Krugman just advocating temporary growth up to some level of optimality, or a truly ever-growing economy?