Planet

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.
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
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
by Fabien Tepper
Designing nonviolent ways for humans and animals to live in harmony—in the city.
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?
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.