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What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Detroit Families Know
by Zenobia Jeffries
A recent study predicts that in the next five years, more than one-third of Americans will not be able to afford their water.
Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom
by Melissa Hellmann
Students learn about the front lines of global warming and how to be climate activists.
No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies
by David Korten
Local control is a foundational conservative principle—but progressives also embrace it.
Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition
by Nathan Gilles
The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.
How to Keep Businesses (and Small Towns) Alive When Owners Retire
by Kaela Bamberger
In Kansas, a new matchmaking service is helping transition small businesses to new hands. Could it be a model for the rest of rural America?
The West Coast Will Determine the Fate of the Fossil Fuel Industry
by Arun Gupta
All along the Pacific Coast, environmentalists are gearing up for an epic fight.
ING Bank Just Divested Their DAPL Financing—We All Helped to Change Their Mind
by Sarah van Gelder
Last month, bank officials met face to face with leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux, and this week they announced the bank had sold the loan at the request of tribal leaders.
A Small Act of Scientific Civil Disobedience
by Margaret Beaton
Big science publications put important peer-reviewed research behind expensive paywalls. But some scientists have found creative ways around them.
How Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier
by Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner
Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature—or even watching it in videos—benefits our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions.
This Invention Lets Rural Hondurans Clean Their Water—And Own the Treatment Plants
by Carrie Koplinka-Loehr
What’s at stake in a world where science is marginalized? Programs like AguaClara, which offer sustainable, low-cost solutions to communities in need.
Water Is Life: The Story of Standing Rock Won’t Go Away
by Mark Trahant
The Dakota Access pipeline is set and oil will flow. But this is not the only fight about water, and Standing Rock is only one chapter somewhere in the middle of a long story.
As Police Evict Water Protectors, Tribes Vow to Continue the Fight
by Jenni Monet
“This isn’t the end by any means. This is the spark. The whole world is waking up now.”
Why the People Who Grow Your Food Are Worried About Scott Pruitt
by James Trimarco, J. Gabriel Ware
Pruitt’s approach to the EPA is likely to threaten farmworkers, who are highly exposed to the effects of climate change, including heat stress and increased pesticide use.
To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won’t Save You
by Chuck Collins
The only solution is to bring your wealth home and invest in community resilience to ensure the survival of all.
The Student-Built Website That Keeps Government Climate Data Safe
by Terri Hansen
Since Trump’s election, scientists have been scrambling to save climate change data sets. And one Michigan graduate student thought the more copies, the better.