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The Environmental Impact of Essential Oils

A look at how resource-intensive essential oils are made and disposed of

Essential oils have enjoyed a boom in sales over the last decade as Western consumers search for alternatives to chemical-laden products that are toxic both to their bodies and to the planet. Since the first recorded essential oil blend was recorded in…
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Dozens of Laotian Elephants ‘Illegally Sold to Chinese Zoos,’ Says Wildlife Investigator

Laos accused of breaking CITES treaty to protect endangered species, China of encouraging live animal trade

Dozens of elephants from Laos are being illegally bought by China to be displayed in zoos and safari parks across the country, according to wildlife investigator and film-maker Karl Ammann. Photo by Garrett ZieglerElephants at the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury, Laos.…
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Planting Resilience to Climate Change

In Honduras, coastal communities are embracing native plants as a means to mitigate climate impacts

Aurelia Arzú inspects the cocoplum patch and reaches in to pluck the ripest fruits. It’s early in the year, and the season is just beginning, so the bush is loaded with edible, plum-sized fruit ripening from yellow to pink in the unrelenting…
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The US Is Unprepared to Clean Up Arctic Oil Spill

Coast Guard issues warning as House considers opening Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling

For months now America’s climate denying President, Donald Trump, has been manoeuvring to open up the Arctic to oil drilling, in another act of defiance against his predecessor, Barak Obama. Photo by Coast Guard News A US Coast Guard icebreaker in the…
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Pennsylvania Nuns Build Chapel in Middle of Cornfield in Effort to Block Pipeline

Catholic order files religious freedom lawsuit to keep Atlantic Sunrise pipeline off their land

Catholic nuns in Pennsylvania are resisting plans to build a $3 billion pipeline for gas obtained by fracking through its land by creating a rudimentary chapel along the proposed route and launching a legal challenge, citing religious freedom. Photo by Mark Dixon…
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Northernmost Population of Italian Wall Lizards in North America Discovered in Boston

Species is the first known lizard to make its way to the city

On a warm, sunny, late June afternoon, Colin Donihue, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the department of organismic and evolutionary biology, spots a greenish-colored lizard scrambling into a large compost pile in the Fenway Victory Gardens, a seven-and-a-half-acre public gardening…
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Voices

Lori Marino
A neuroscientist and behavioral biologists explains why scientists make the best advocates.
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Ken Ward
The direct action activist, who faces a felony conviction for cutting a valve on the TransCanada pipeline, write about why he has no regrets.
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Current Issue

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The Butterfly Effect

How nature restoration programs in Oregon’s prisons are helping inmates find a new purpose in life.
By Nancy Hill

Forecast: Uncertain

Myanmar is being battered by the worst impacts of global warming. Does it have the capacity to adapt?
By Kendra Pierre Louis

Hope for a New Trade Agenda

Holding NAFTA negotiators accountable for policies that truly benefit working people and the planet.
By Aaron Lehmer-Chang

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