• Citizens Afield
    Citizen science allows us not only to contribute to research, but also to connect more deeply with nature.
    By Lucy Bryan
  • Recovery Roadblocks
    The Mexican gray wolf’s return to the Southwest has been sluggish due to decades of flawed conservation efforts.
    By John Soltes
  • March of the Armyworm
    A new invasive pest is damaging crops at an alarming rate as it moves across Africa.
    By Stephanie Parker
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Latest News

California Condors Reestablishing Their Range Across the Golden State

The endangered species still faces major threat from lead poisoning, but wildlife managers are hopeful about recovery prospects

Condors are the iconic bird of the west, the Thunderbird of Native Americans. North America’s largest flying land birds, their ten-foot wingspan allows them to soar over a wide range, from the coast to the Sierras. Photo courtesy of San Diego ZooCalifornia…
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Hawai’i's Kilauea Eruption Has Wiped Out Rare Sites and Entire Ecosystems

As the island mourns a tragedy, it also accepts the brutal cycle of nature

In Puna, the area of Hawai'i island that’s been hardest hit by the Kilauea volcano eruption, those who lived nearest to the lava flows watched the forest around their homes begin to die first. They said the fruit trees, flowers and ferns…
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Watching Over Washington’s Whistle Pig

Citizen scientists are bolstering our understanding of the Olympic Peninsula's endemic marmot

In July 1997, in the high country of Olympic National Park in Washington State, Nina Pitts and Steve Zenovic watched two plump, furry marmots sliding down a snowfield. “They slid fast on their bellies down the steep slope,” recalls Pitts. “When they…
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30 Years Ago Global Warming Became Front-Page News

Back then, before massive a disinformation campaign by corporate interests, both Democrats and Republicans took the issue seriously

June 23, 1988 marked the date on which climate change became a national issue. In landmark testimony before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Dr. James Hansen, then director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, stated that “Global warming has…
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Unseen Plastics in Our Water

How citizen science informed a new study that revealed the extent of microplastic and microfiber pollution in marine ecosystems

The movement to stop plastic from polluting our environment has picked up incredible momentum in recent months. The UN has declared the entire year dedicated to reducing ocean plastic pollution, National Geographic has launched a multi-year Planet or Plastic? campaign, the EU…
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Hawai’i First US State to Ban Use of Neurotoxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

As the EPA refuses to take action on a known public health hazard, the island state shows the way forward

Yesterday, Hawai'i Governor David Ige signed into law Senate Bill 3095 banning all uses of chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has refused to prohibit despite the EPA’s own pronouncement that the pesticide poses an unacceptable…
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Voices

Ralph Nader
The ever-energetic octogenarian activist talks politics, environment, and why pessimism should never be part of a civic personality.
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Stacy Martin
The creator of MooPoo Ranch in Junction City, Wisconsin explains what led her move from Big Diary to small-scale food production where the animals are raised in alignment with nature.
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Current Issue

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Leave No Worker Behind

Will the just transition movement survive mainstream adoption?
By Samantha M. Harvey

Learning from Death

Roadkill can help us understand more about creatures great and small.
By Eric Freedman

Big Soda’s Sneaky Tactic Undermining Democracy

Faced with mounting pushback against sugar-sweetened beverages, Big Soda is turning to preemption bills to thwart community organizing.
By Anna Lappé

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