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In the Water-Scarce Southwest, an Ancient Irrigation System Disrupts Big Agriculture
by Shoshi Parks
In New Mexico and Colorado, the “acequia” is more than just democratic water distribution—it is at the center of Southwest culture.
4 Ways to Give Your Body Back to Nature After You Die
by Jennifer Luxton
These alternative burial methods give a purpose to your remains.
6 Horrifying Foods You’ve Probably Eaten
by Erin Sagen
Are you going to eat that? Because the food industrial complex is the stuff of nightmares.
How Inmates, Scientists, and Government Workers Are Teaming Up to Save This Butterfly
by Sarah van Gelder
The effort to restore prairie ecosystems in Washington state before they disappear.
We Don’t Think of Californians as Climate Refugees Yet, But We Should
by Mark Trahant
Texas. Florida. Puerto Rico. California. The growing climate disaster toll ought to raise questions about where humans can and should live.
New Documentary Remembers Standing Rock in Beauty and Catastrophe
by Kelly Hayes
“The Standing Rock I knew was not a mystical place with a uniform perspective. It was a complex place—an experiment in love, hope, courage, and solidarity.”
Why Native American Women Are Going After Europe’s Banks to Divest From Big Oil
by Shannan Stoll
“Indigenous women ... often are the ones to call out injustice when they see it immediately. We saw that at Standing Rock.”
American Workers Let 662 Million Vacation Days Go Unused Last Year
by Stephen Miller
And 24 other facts you should probably know.
The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms
by Catherine V. Moore
In the post-coal economy, life-skills training helps employ people and restore the savaged land.
Call for Submissions: Decolonize This
by YES! Editors
Send us your ideas by October 30.
A Surprisingly Simple Solution to a Transportation Mess in India
by Anuradha Sengupta
Electric rickshaws have become an economic and environmental lifeline for both drivers and passengers.
Who Owns the Future of California’s Energy? Its Residents
by Peter Kalmus
Despite all the money in politics, the future of cleaner energy is in the hands of local communities.
It’s OK to Laugh About Gentrification (While Watching an Episode of The North Pole)
by Liz Pleasant
New series shows “the reality of the problem but also the joy, humor, and humanity that we’re trying to fight for in the first place.”
Why Caribbean Hurricanes Are Worse for Women and the Poor
by Levi Gahman, Gabrielle Thongs
Across most Caribbean islands, hazard exposure is about the same, but research shows that poverty and social inequality drastically magnify the severity of disasters.
4 Reasons Trump Can’t Stop the Renewables Revolution
by Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz, Chris Winters
For starters, it’s way cheaper.