Protecting the web of life.
What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 25, 2012
- The appearance of “bloodsucking parasites” in one farm family’s pond got them thinking: How could we be so comfortable with our natural world, yet paranoid about harmless—and helpful—creatures in it?
Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising
by John Perkinsposted Jul 23, 2012
- In the Amazonian backcountry, tribes are challenging construction of the world’s third-largest dam—by dismantling it. Here’s what they can teach us about standing up to power.
Inside America’s Worst Toxic Waste Cover-Up
by Valerie Schloredtposted Jul 18, 2012
- Film Review: The Big Fix exposes BP’s efforts to minimize awareness of North America’s biggest oil spill.
How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard
by Heidi Bruce, Shannan Stollposted Jul 17, 2012
- Bats are mammals, shy creatures of the night, and fascinating to watch. They’re also endangered by loss of habitat, disease, and pesticide poisoning. You can help by providing protection.
Feedback from the Melting Arctic
by Valerie Schloredtposted Jun 11, 2012
- NASA completed a cross-institutional study on rising methane levels in the Arctic. The results, we're afraid, do not look good.
A Last (Chemical) Gasp for Bees?
by Shannan Stollposted May 24, 2012
- Colony collapse disorder threatens food crops valued at $15 billion a year. New research says farm chemicals put our food system at risk.
Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe
by Sena Christianposted May 03, 2012
- Decades ago, the legendary journey of the open-ocean canoe Hokule‘a revealed secrets of Hawai‘i’s past and sparked pride in native culture. Now, a voyage around the world offers a new generation lessons about Earth’s uncertain future.
Free Your (Eco)Mind
by Frances Moore Lappéposted Apr 20, 2012
- This Earth Day, think like an ecosystem—and you just might save the world.
What’s the Most Astounding Fact About the Universe?
posted Mar 21, 2012
- Ask an astrophysicist.
Farmers Go Wild
by Abby Quillenposted Feb 06, 2012
- Going beyond organic, a new generation of farmers is nurturing nature as well as crops.
Vandana Shiva: Teachers for a Living World
by Madhu Suri Prakashposted Jan 27, 2012
- 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
by Jennifer Kayeposted Dec 26, 2011
- 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
by Jen Hortonposted Dec 20, 2011
- 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
by Ken Meterposted Nov 30, 2011
- The YES! Breakthrough 15: Revolutionizing agriculture with crops that grow like a prairie.
Can We Restore the Prairie—And Still Support Ourselves?
by Wes Jacksonposted Nov 22, 2011
- Since ripping open the prairie for modern monocultures, we're losing soil and fertility. Agricultural pioneer Wes Jackson says there's another way.