We've only got one planet, and it makes our lives possible. We can no longer take it for granted.
A Living Sewage Treatment Plant? These People Grew One
by Claudia Roweposted Jan 03, 2013
- Every flush of a standard toilet creates a several-gallon problem. Instead of wasting water, plants and animals can transform human waste into water rated pure enough to drink.
Invasive Species: If You Can’t Beat ’em, Eat ’em
by Joe Romanposted Jan 03, 2013
- Species like green crabs, feral pigs, snakeheads, and zebra mussels cost $120 billion a year in damage. For a cheaper alternative, try eating them instead.
Robot Dogs and Other Weird Creatures Bring Nature to the City
by Natalie Pompilioposted Jan 03, 2013
- How to create a world where people fly, salamanders text, and trash is useful.
Remembering Rebecca Tarbotton
by Tina Gerhardtposted Jan 02, 2013
- A tribute to the beloved environmentalist, human right activist, and executive director of the Rainforest Action Network.
9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013
by Sarah van Gelderposted Jan 02, 2013
- 2012 was a year of superstorms, mass shootings, debt strikes, and the most spendy election ever. Here’s how last year’s most important stories will shape 2013.
Dirty, Pricey, and Obsolete: Why Desalination Is Not Worth Its Salt
by Adam Scowposted Dec 27, 2012
- Efforts to curb the consumption of water are getting great results and making expensive desalination plants obsolete.
Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities
by Fran Kortenposted Dec 26, 2012
- The individual actions we take to reduce waste are important. But to stem the avalanche of stuff, we also need system-wide solutions.
What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
posted Dec 24, 2012
- A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment
by Jim Shultzposted Dec 14, 2012
- Targeting the fossil fuel industry is essential, but divestment as the target for action raises the same question as global summitry does: Is it enough?
How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car
by Erin L. McCoyposted Dec 14, 2012
- Erin McCoy tells the story of how she gave up driving, despite her love for cars, and examines the challenges facing drivers who don't live in cities.
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
by James Trimarcoposted Dec 11, 2012
- To many Detroit residents—and especially to its established urban gardeners—the approval of a large-scale urban farm raises serious questions about the future of food and land in the city.
Protecting the Ozone: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol
by Heidi Bruceposted Dec 05, 2012
- How a universal treaty is still working to protect the ozone layer a quarter-century later.
Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.
by Janet Redmanposted Dec 04, 2012
- Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.
Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade
by Anna Willowposted Dec 03, 2012
- On December 3, 2002, members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blockaded the road used to haul logs out of the area. Ten years later, their persistence has paid off in the form of cleaner water and a healthier forest in which to live.
5 Ways the Space Program Helps Us Fight Climate Change
by Erin L. McCoyposted Nov 30, 2012
- From tracking glaciers to predicting crop failure to figuring out how to store solar energy in molten salt, NASA has produced some of our best tools in the fight against climate change.