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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?
Dear Jen, Kellan, et. al: We Can End Dolphin Slaughter Without the TPP
by James Trimarco
The controversial trade deal poses serious threats to humans and the environment. We can find better tools in the fight for dolphin rights.
Do Backyard Bird Feeders Spread Salmonella? The Human Role in Avian Disease
by Greg Harman
Immunologist Peter Doherty shows us that the fate of birds and humans are more connected than we might think.
In the Wake of Haiyan, We Must Divest from Fossil Fuels
by Jamie Henn
The devastation in the Philippines reminds us of our responsibility to stop profiting from the wreckage caused by companies whose business plan includes destroying the planet.
The "Wild Dog Whisperer": Rescuing Wolves in California
by YES! online staff
In a desert valley not so far from Los Angeles, Tonya Littlewolf has built a refuge for wolves born in capitivity—and for herself.
Bringing Bison and Biodiversity Back to the Prairie
by Sarah Kuck
A Montana-based nonprofit is moving to preserve 3.5 million acres of the Great Plains.
A Safe Place for Bees: Will US Follow Europe in Banning Hive-Killing Pesticides?
by Katrina Rabeler
While banning the use of bee-killing pesticides is crucial, planting your yard with flowers instead of grass helps, too.
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?
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
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
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?
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
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.