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Marine Food Chains at Risk of Collapse,  Study of World’s Oceans Finds

Important ecosystems could be massively damaged by 2050 unless greenhouse gas emissions and localized pollution is drastically reduced, researchers say

The food chains of the world’s oceans are at risk of collapse due to the release of greenhouse gases, overfishing and localized pollution, a stark new analysis shows. A study of 632 published experiments of the world’s oceans, from tropical to arctic…
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Can New Zealand’s Wilderness Survive Ecotourism?

New biking trails have opened up areas of stunning natural beauty to visitors, but at what cost?

If the wilderness areas, the national parks, and the forest reserves can make a profit, then conservation will pay for itself—surely the logic is irrefutable. The US National Park Service DirectorJonathon Jarvis is recorded as saying: “The paradigm of allowing nature to…
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We Held a Memorial for the Thousands of Victims of Climate Change in South Asia. Here’s Why

Climate policies in the US have an impact on public health in countries like India and Pakistan

The weather is already turning. There’s that certain nip in the air and soon the 100°F temperatures that San Francisco has been seeing will be forgotten as we get swept into what everyone is hoping will be a rainy winter. But climate…
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The Strange, Sere Bones of An Ancient Landscape

Images of and reflections on the dry landscape and living history of the Panoche Hills

Interstate 5, running down the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, California cuts a dividing line between the flat valley floor and dry hills rising to the west. Passengers in thousands of cars and trucks, seemingly desperate to pass by as…
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The Truth Behind That “Crappy” Cup of Coffee

Civet cats caged and force-fed in large numbers to feed the world’s growing demand for kopi luwak

I saw my first civet cat on the last day of my holiday in Bali, Indonesia. It was tethered to a wooden tabletop outside of an upscale coffee shop, squinting at the afternoon sun as it struggled to sleep. Tourists swarmed around…
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Scarlet Macaws Fly Free Again in Mexico’s Wilds

Scientists and an amusement park work together to reintroduce an iconic bird in the rainforests of Chiapas and Veracruz

Mexico is one of the top ten countries in the world in terms of bird diversity, but poverty, crime, and corruption can make it a difficult place for conservationists to work. In the remnant rainforests of Veracruz and Chiapas, however, the restoration…
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White-Nose Syndrome Continues to Kill Bat Populations Across North America

Efforts to get the most threatened bat species listed as endangered fail

Near the border of New Jersey and New York, a small bat tucked in its wings and hung from the eave of a forest cabin. The mammal was taking a well-deserved rest during the daylight hours, awaiting the sun’s dip below the…
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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
A conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People.
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Linda Hogan
The Chickasaw essayist, novelist and poet on the “radiant life with animals.”
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Oren Lyons
The Onondaga leader discusses the long fight for Indigenous sovereignty.
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The Heart of Everything That Is

Our ideas about wild nature can’t be understood without knowing the stories of the people who lived in North America before Columbus.
By Jason Mark

Renewing Relatives

One tribe’s efforts to bring back an ancient fish.
By Marty Holtgren, Stephanie Ogren, and Kyle Whyte

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From Baja California to Washington State, farmworkers are pressing for higher wages and respect.
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