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Even in a Drought, California Farms Have a Future—But They’ll Need Local Control to Succeed
by Keith Harrington
Some California farmers have discovered ways to farm that use very little water, yet thirstier methods still dominate. What gives?
Want the Best Solutions for California’s Epic Drought? Ask a Farmworker from the Central Valley
by Sarah Mirk
“Low-income disadvantaged communities are the best water conservationists: At the end of the day, we’re not going to waste water because it costs money.”
Young Guatemalan Farmers Fight For Land Rights, Local Food, and Sustainable Traditions Endangered by Global Trade Deals‏
by Jeff Abbott
The same forces that have driven many onto the migrant trail have led to the emergence of a movement of young campesinos organizing to stay on their land.
Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy
by Keith Harrington
Author and activist Gar Alperovitz calls it a “checkerboard strategy.” In the first piece in a series, we look at the organizations working to transform our economy, and how they can benefit from working together.
Why Seattleites Think They Can Stop Shell Oil From Drilling in the Arctic
by James Trimarco, Araz Hachadourian
The Port of Seattle has welcomed the oil company to temporarily moor its drilling rig before it’s towed to Alaska. But these protestors are threatening to block it.
The U.S. Has Nearly 600 Coal Waste Sites. Why They've Got West Virginians Worried
by Erin L. McCoy
Residents fear that coal-contaminated water is seeping into their wells. But a lack of evidence is stalling action.
Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses
by Araz Hachadourian
The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.
Bill McKibben: How a Lawyer From the Jim Crow South Shaped the Fight Against Climate Change
by Bill McKibben
In his memoir, James Gustave Speth talks about his work to end climate change and why it's time for a new environmental movement.
Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy‏. Really!
by Zanna McKay
From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.
We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life
by Matt Soniak
City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.
Beyond Compost: 5 Ways to Get Your Soil Ready This Spring
by Peter D'Auria, Miles Schneiderman
The key to a great garden? Good dirt. Here’s how you can grow your own.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin Moe
TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
From Watersheds to Mountains, What If We Based Our Borders on Nature?
by Rachael Stoeve
Bioregionalism is one possible vision of a future that works for people and for the Earth.
Drink Your Way to Sustainability With These Climate-Conscious Microbrews
by Kayla Schultz
It's the weekend! Plan your happy hour with our interactive map of forward-thinking breweries.
In a Win for Opponents of Mountaintop Removal, W.Va. Govt Decides to Study Health Impacts
by Laura Michele Diener
The state's shift in approach is also good news for environmentalists worldwide, who want to see more urgency in transitioning away from fossil fuels.