How to Not Love the National Parks to Death

Tourists flock to Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park on a spring afternoon. Photo by Eddie Hernandez Photography / iStock. By Heather J. Hansen / 06.03.2016 This year marks the centennial of the National Park Service, and record numbers of visitors are expected to celebrate by exploring the system’s incomparable natural, historical, and cultural resources. All[…]

How Will the Barrier Reef Recover from the Death of One-Third of Its Northern Corals?

Corals north of Cairns have been hit hardest by the recent bleaching. AAP Image/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Kerry By Dr. Mia Hoogenboom Senior Lecturer,  Marine Biology and Aquaculture James Cook University The problems caused by mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef have continued to deepen, with the latest estimates based[…]

Indian Forests: Proposed Indian Legislation Targets 33 Percent Tree Cover

Kudremukh National Park, India Valuing nature’s bounty and accounting for it on the balance sheets of companies and nations. CK Staff / 05/25/2016 New legislation approved in May by lawmakers in India’s lower house, the House of the People, would allocate $6.2 billion (U.S.) to building new forests across India. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill[…]

Investing in Urban Agriculture: Permaculture, Community Gardens On the Rise

City parks are prime real estate for community gardens, but more unique urban agriculture options are gaining popularity. / Mosman Council / flickr By Jennifer Brooks In 2014, Boise was chosen as one of 15 communities to receive the Darden Foundation/NRPA partnership’s Grow Your Garden grant, a $10,000 award for community garden development in existing city parks.[…]

Without this, Technological Progress in the 19th Century Would Have Been Much Slower, but More Responsible

An 1858 woodcut celebrating the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable. (Library of Congress) By Ben Wilson / 05.22.2016 There is something wonderfully seductive about our gadgets. Sleek and futuristic, they seem not of this world – and certainly not of the toxic, noisy world of extractive rock mining. Few think of the ecological impact[…]

The Number One Thing We Can Do to Protect Earth’s Oceans

Photo © Danilovich Marine governance favors consumption and commerce over conservation. Here’s what we can do about it. By Liza Gross / 05.23.2016 When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have[…]

It’s Time for a New Story of Humanity’s Place in the World

Illustration by Kelsey King By Dr. Philip Loring Ecological Anthropologist University of Saskatchewan It goes without saying that humans are good at causing problems. Climate change, overfishing and widespread environmental contamination from chemical toxicants are all creations of our own making. But are we destined to create such problems? Many people believe so, and argue[…]

Abandoning Doubt & Denial, School District Officially Embraces Climate Literacy

The Portland, Oregon school district’s commitment to rid itself of text materials that encourage students to doubt the severity of the climate crisis or its roots in human activity was prompted by the school district’s long use of materials that do just that. (Image: Portland, Oregon schools call for climate justice and student activism[…]

Bottled Up

Montreal gears up for battle over proposed bottled water ban CK Staff / 05.13.2016 Fresh off his successful push to ban plastic bags by 2018, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has expressed interest in a potential ban on bottled water. “We spoke about plastic bags and now we’re onto plastic bottles,” Coderre told reporters in March.[…]

Famine Haunted His Childhood in Ethiopia. Now He Sees Food Running Out Again. (AUDIO)

Abebe Haregewoin (right) and his father in Ethiopia. Credit: Courtesy: Abebe Haregewoin An Ethiopian expat worries for his homeland as drought and climate change threaten to trigger another famine. By Joyce Hackel at Public Radio International The place where you grew up has a way of staying with you for the rest of your life.[…]

What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

Carbon farming techniques, including compost amending, are helping California ranchers turn their pastures into carbon sinks. Photo courtesy Michael Woolsey/Marin Agricultural Land Trust. By Sally Neas / 04.29.2016 For many climate change activists, the latest rallying cry has been, “Keep it in the ground,” a call to slow and stop drilling for fossil fuels. But[…]

Wild Things

Nature Conservancy of Tennessee’s William B. Clark, Sr., Nature Preserve on the Wolf River at Rossville, Tennessee. What’s the best way to conserve wild places? By Marc Gunther / 04.22.2016 Several years ago, at Brainstorm Green, a conference on business and the environment that I co-chaired for Fortune magazine, Rick Ridgeway of Patagonia (the company)[…]

Koch Brothers Fighting Grand Canyon Conservation Effort

By Cristina Silva / 04.21.2016 Billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch are reportedly funneling money toward a special-interest group trying to defeat an effort to ban uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, the Phoenix New Times reported this week. The uranium mining ban that would grant federal protection to 1.7 million acres of land in the Grand Canyon[…]

In Photos: The Indigenous Protectors of the World’s Most Sacred Places

Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk leads a sunrise prayer ceremony at Mt. Shasta in California. All photos by Christopher McLeod. All around the world, sites sacred to indigenous people are besieged by mining, tourism, and other threats. Meet the groups safeguarding and restoring them. By Christopher “Toby” McCleod Sacred Land Film Project Director Back in the[…]

Sustainability Requires that We Learn to Embrace Change – Not Fight It

Illustration © Instead of engineering nature into standardized systems of production, we should look for ways to integrate our lifestyles within the cycles of the world around us. By Dr. Philip Loring Assistant Professor School of Environment and Sustainability University of Saskatchewan Limits to growth are a fundamental and widely accepted principle of sustainability.[…]

Healthier Buildings

HVAC ventilation exhaust for a 12-story building Building healthier structures for their occupants is a cornerstone of green building design, but isn’t talked about much. By Kerry Freek / 04.14.2016 Green buildings are attractive to owners for a few reasons. They’re great for reducing one’s carbon footprint and improving public relations, but they also offer[…]

Environmental History: Between Science and Philosophy

By K. Jan Oosthoek Associate Member, Centre for Environmental History Australian National University First Published on Environment History Resources Introduction The Environment has been a prominent part of the political agenda since the 1960s. The expansion of the consumer society after the Second World War in North America and Europe increased the pressure on the environment[…]

Your Morning Cup: Now with More Trees

A coffee farmer works with tree seedlings in Chiapas, Mexico. Starting on National Coffee Day (September 29), Starbucks will donate 70 cents (the cost of a tree) to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada — funds that will provide trees directly to coffee farmers in[…]

New Research Holds Fascinating Revelations About an Ancient Society’s Water Conservation and Purification

Jeffrey Brewer, screening soil from the depression for lithic, ceramic or faunal (bone) material. By Dawn Fuller University of Cincinnati University of Cincinnati research at the ancient Maya site of Medicinal Trail in northwestern Belize is revealing how populations in more remote areas – the hinterland societies – built reservoirs to conserve water and turned[…]

Can We Bury the Carbon Dioxide Problem?

Photo by Kjetil Alsvik / Statoil ASA Elizabeth Finkel Belinda Smith Editor’s note: This feature was adapted and reprinted with permission from Cosmos magazine. View the original here. Mention “carbon capture and storage” — the process of trapping carbon dioxide produced in fossil-fuel burning or other industrial processes and burying it underground — in polite[…]