• artwork depicting geometric shapes and a mosquitoRecoding Life
    Gene Drives are the latest attempt to manipulate our living systems. But is the
    technology risk free?
    By Paul Koberstein
  • photo of people paddling a boat on a deeply flooded residential streetLosing Home
    As rising waters eat away their lands, many Native communities are turning into climate refugees.
    By Zoe Loftus-Farren
  • photo of a bird perched on a tombstoneIn the Shadow of Death
    Cemeteries across the world are playing a similar role to nature preserves when it
    comes to protecting biodiversity.
    By Eric Freedman
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Climate change is a threat to my family history, my home, and my heritage

Fighting climate change is about trying to change probabilities. The probability that a species will go extinct; the probability that powerful storms will drive people from their homes; the probability that coastal landscapes as we know them will be disfigured. I became…
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Saving the Dying Kingdom of Redonda

Restoration program is removing invasive goats and rats from remote Caribbean island, reviving native biodiversity

“Overwhelming.” That was the first word Sophia Punnett-Steele, the Eastern Caribbean projects coordinator for Flora and Fauna International (FFI), used to describe her experience upon initially encountering Redonda, a tiny, 200-hectare island just off the coast of the small twin island Caribbean…
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Europe’s Last Major Primeval Forest on ‘Brink of Collapse’

State-sanctioned logging in UNESCO world heritage site may be pushing Poland's Białowieża forest ecosystem to point of no return

Scientists and environmental campaigners have accused the Polish government of bringing the ecosystem of the Białowieża forest in north-eastern Poland to the “brink of collapse” one year after a revised forest management plan permitted the trebling of state logging activity and removed…
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On the Hunt for Burmese Pythons in the Everglades

As nonnative snakes decimate native species, hunters find a role in conservation efforts

“The word ‘Everglade’ means river of grass,” explains our airboat driver, who goes by Alligator Rob. We are out under the hot sun in the middle of the Florida Everglades, or “glades,” and Rob is addressing some engine trouble that has us…
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Message from Bonn: The World is Committed to Climate Action and Paris Agreement

Countries show that progress will not be deterred by shifting political winds in any one nation

Climate negotiations just concluded in Bonn demonstrated that countries are fully committed to continue global climate action and implement the Paris Agreement. During the two-week meeting, delegates made important progress on an outline for a detailed rulebook (also known as implementation guidelines)…
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How Exxon Lobbyists Led Push to Deepen US Ports and Increase Natural Gas Exports

Gulf of Mexico campaign was part of two-part industry effort to make way for megaships

The US has signed a major deal with China to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia, adding further momentum to America's hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) boom. The deal, which includes the export of other commodities from the US to China, was signed about a month after President…
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Voices

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Teen activist and eco hip-hop artist discusses the power of youth voices in the climate movement.
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Miyoko Sakashita
The only thing to do in these difficult times is stand up and resist, writes the oceans director and senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity.
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Current Issue

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Better with Beavers

How partnerships with a rodent are helping restore watersheds in the Pacific Northwest.
By Rob Rich

Life at River Bottom

A freshwater mussel groupie ponders what the disappearance of these mollusks means for our ecosystems.
By Abbie Gascho Landis

Hope’s Edge

Hope grows from knowing the future has yet to be written, and from doing our part to write it.
By Anna Lappé

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