• photo of oxen and a man with a plow in the tropicsCuba Verde
    Will the long-isolated island’s low-carbon adaptations endure?
    By Bill Weinberg
  • photo of a gold nugget in the palm of a personArc of Desperation
    Venezuela’s decision to open up the Orinoco Belt to mining threatens the Amazon rainforest.
    By Bram Ebus
  • photo of oily mud and waterPachamama’s Blood
    Ecuador’s Sápara people are developing strategies to fend off the dual threats of oil development and climate change.
    By Gleb Raygorodetsky
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Latest News

Bonn Climate Summit Makes Progress But Leaves Much To Do

UN negotiations lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, though difficult decisions lay ahead

The world’s nations were confident they were making important progress in turning continued political commitment into real world action, as the global climate change summit in Bonn was drawing to a close on Friday. The UN talks were tasked with the vital, if unglamorous,…
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Trump Administration Reverses Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports

Campaigners condemn reversal, fear it will set back global efforts to stem the ivory trade

The Trump administration has agreed to allow the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back to the US, a reversal of an Obama-era ban. photo by Steven dosRemediosElephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. The Trump administration has reversed a ban elephant…
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From the War in Iraq to the War against Poaching

Damien Mander’s fight to protect African wildlife

Eight years ago, Damien Mander was trekking through the bush in Zimbabwe when he saw something harrowing — a half-dead buffalo floundering on the ground, trying to free herself from a wire snare gripping her legs. The ranger accompanying Mander said the…
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Miniature Robots Could Cut Pesticide Use on Farms in the Future

Robots could also reduce food waste and help harvest crops, but they may not be commercially available for some years to come, say experts

Miniature robot farmers may be the answer to concerns over chemical use on farms and cutting down on food waste, as well as easing labour shortages, academic farming experts have said. Photo courtesy of Naio TechnologiesNaio Technologies, a French company, has a…
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See a Jaguar, Save a Jaguar

Conservationists ponder pay-to-protect program to safeguard South America’s biggest cat

Picture the scene. You are floating down a river in Brazil’s Pantanal region, the world’s largest wetland. There you spot the muscular frame of a jaguar prowling on a far bank, South America’s biggest feline is out for a stroll. The next…
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US Switches Focus of its Bonn Event from Clean Energy to Fossil Fuels

One of US’s only public events, originally billed as promoting clean energy, now favors coal and nuclear power

The US has changed the focus of one of its few public events at the Bonn climate talks to emphasize coal and nuclear power, in a sign of the Trump administration’s goals at the talks. photo by UNClimateChange, FlickrThe United States has changed…
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Voices

Mustafa Ali
The former head of the EPA’s environmental justice office talks openly about why he left the position and how – despite the current political climate – he’s hopeful about the future.
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Ted Lieu
The California Congressman writes about the power of natural places and the need for robust climate action at the federal level.
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Current Issue

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Heavy Metal

The debate about how to reduce use of lead ammunition is heating up in Oregon.
By James Yuskavitch

An Unraveling Web

Along the California coast, a race to save marine mammals from a life-threatening toxin.
By Jeremy Miller

De-Junking Paradise

A province of Vanuatu is turning to local, organic food in an effort to stave off diet-related illness.
By Anna Lappé

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