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  • panoramic photo of the Grand CanyonGrand Folly
    Industrial tourism has been a disaster for the Grand Canyon. It could get much worse.
    By Christopher Ketcham
  • photo of oil drilling machinery behind a screen of palms and eucalyptusL.A. Underground
    Environmental activists are trying to tear the veil away from Los Angeles’s vast oil infrastructure.
    By James William Gibson
  • photo of a smiling young woman holding a chickenUnconventional Agriculture
    Our food systems are changing thanks to a rising crop of women farmers.
    By Sena Christian
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Can Lions on a Leash Help Save Endangered Big Cats?

A leading tourism operator in Zambia is planning to suspend its “lion walks,” sparking new debate.

Earlier this month, Lion Encounter Zambia announced that it has “agreed” to suspend its “lion walk” activities beginning in November 2015, a move which is being celebrated by wildlife activists in light of growing publicity linking similar activities to unethical lion breeders…
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What Lies Behind the Recent Surge of Amazon Deforestation

Conversation: Ecologist Philip Fearnside explains what needs to be done to once again bring deforestation under control

Ecologist Philip Fearnside has lived and worked in the Brazilian Amazon for 30 years and is one of the foremost authorities on deforestation in the world’s largest tropical forest. A professor at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon, Fearnside has…
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Three Deaths Near A Sierra Leone Forest Highlight the Problems that Plague Conservation Efforts

Human-animal coexistence issues can be more complicated than just economic and ecological factors

In the dead center of Sierra Leone, a river cuts through a patch of forest. At one point, this fragment was part of a much larger forest. However, industry, mining, and war have stripped much of the land, leaving only a small…
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A Bicycle-Powered Food Recovery Initiative That Also Saves Water and Energy

Boulder Food Rescue has saved more than 800,000 pounds of food from being wasted with nearly zero use of fossil fuel or water resources

My legs ache. It’s 8 a.m. in February and the sun is just beginning to hit the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. I’m pulling a massive bicycle trailer filled with produce using a mountain bike. The traffic light in front of me turns…
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On the Frontlines of Thailand’s “Blood Wood” War

Criminal syndicates are poaching rosewood from the forests of Southeast Asia

Deep in Thailand’s Thap Lan National Park it's oppressively hot, sticky and claustrophobic. Above us, huge trees, fighting to break free from the stranglehold of snaking vines, reach skyward, their spreading canopies stealing our daylight. We're penned in by a twisted tangle…
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Act Now to Protect Our Oceans and Rivers from Oil Spills

EPA rulemaking a key time for public comment

I am a survivor of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, a marine toxicologist, a commercial fisherman, and an author-turned activist. The turning happened 26 years ago today, when I flew over the wreck of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska.…
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Overpopulation – It’s All about Us

Women’s empowerment key to stemming unsustainable human population growth.

Most conversations about population begin with statistics – demographic data, fertility rates in this or that region, the latest reports on malnutrition, deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change, and so on. Such data, while useful, fails to generate mass concern about the fundamental…
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Voices

Dr. Sylvia Earle
The oceanographer discusses the threats to the world’s oceans, and what citizens can do to protect them.
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Monsanto’s Spin Machine Grinds On
Journal columnist Anna Lappé on how the chemical and biotech giant is recycling its playbook from the past.
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Keeping It Real
How one family is raising their children without any mobile electronic devices in the house.
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The energy industry is now firmly hitched to the national security state.
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The language of green managerialism is sucking the life out of the environmental movement.
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