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Ecosystems

Protecting the web of life.

Security Checks, Duty-Free Shops, and...Beehives? Security Checks, Duty-Free Shops, and...Beehives?
by Kristin Hugo
Beekeepers are using empty public land around Seattle-Tacoma Airport to breed and distribute healthier strains of honeybees.
A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels? A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels?
by Mark Andrew Boyer
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 Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
by Nadia Colburn
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 Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World Is a Seed
by Abby Quillen
“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? Shh! Will U.S. Navy Turn It Down for Whales and Dolphins?
by Peter Pearsall
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 The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration
by Peter Pearsall, Cecilia Garza
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 Farmer-Philosopher Fred Kirschenmann on Food and the Warming Future
by Peter Pearsall
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 Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Let’s Help It Feed Itself
by Shannon Hayes
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 People We Love: David Feld
by Fabien Tepper
Designing nonviolent ways for humans and animals to live in harmony—in the city.
Backyard Permaculture: A 12-Step Program Backyard Permaculture: A 12-Step Program
by Doug Pibel
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? How Does Nature Do That?
by Margo Farnsworth
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 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? 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 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 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.
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