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  • photo of high mountainsA New Geography of Hope
    In a warming world, we’ll discover that wilderness continues to sustain us.
    By Kathleen Dean Moore
  • photo of cactu in a lush desert at sunriseShift to Clean Energy
    We need to do for renewable energy what John Muir did for wilderness.
    By Michael Brune
  • photo of high mountains and a meadow of wildflowersWilderness in the Anthropocene
    In the “Age of Man” we’ll need wild places to hold steady the sanity of our species.
    By Jason Mark
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A Watery Wilderness

The ocean is the biggest wilderness on the planet. But legal protections are scant.

The waters off the US coastline, the eighth largest in the world, have long been a vital source of sustenance, transport, recreation and inspiration for Americans. It’s hard to stand on the shore looking out in the distance and not experience a…
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In Seattle, an Ongoing Effort to Save the Region’s Green Spaces

The Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust aims to find a happy balance between development and wildlands protection

Whenever I go back to Seattle after a long time away, I’m struck by how green it is. The streets are lined with trees; there are parks everywhere; and I can see snow-covered peaks to the west, the east, and the south.…
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In Conversation: Darren Aronofsky

Hollywood director wrestles with Alberta’s “out of whack” tar sands on a trip with the Sierra Club and Leonardo DiCaprio

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky just returned from an excursion to see up close and personal the Alberta tar sands, and judging by his response to how oil companies are impacting the environment, this unregulated part of Canada sounds more like the Wild West…
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US Forest Service Moves to Start Clearcutting in Rim Fire Area

Massive logging proposal threatens many spotted owls, currently thriving in the fire-affected acres of Stanislaus National Forest

The US Forest Service issued a draft decision yesterday for a massive post-fire logging project in the Stanislaus National Forest portion of the 2013 California Rim Fire, which covered 257,171 acres on the national forest and Yosemite National Park. A final, signed…
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Can A Drive-Thru Really Be Green?

LEED certified buildings can’t negate the emissions from a long line of idling cars

There’s a rainwater catchment system on the roof of my west Florida neighborhood’s Dunkin’ Donuts outlet, collecting water to irrigate the restaurant’s own landscaping. There are electric car charging stations, for those Tesla owners who aren’t afraid to get a little powdered…
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Can Trophy Hunting Save the Endangered Markhor Goats?

A controversial program in Tajikistan tests the idea

The sun was beginning to fade in the frigid evening sky. It was the end of a long day of counting the endangered wild goats of southern Tajikistan. Known as the markhor, these goats are distinguished by their Merlin-esque beards and twisting,…
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Federal Judge Overturns Kaua‘i GMO, Pesticide Regulatory Law

Ordinance 960 preempted by state law, says ruling; appeal likely

A federal judge yesterday overturned Kauai’s new law regulating the transgenic seeds industry on the Hawaiian island, ruling that it was preempted by state law and was therefore invalid. The ruling is a setback for activists and citizens fighting to protect local…
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Voices

Jon Jarvis
The National Park Service Director discusses climate change, technology, and nature deficit disorder.
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Black Faces in Wild Places
Chelsea Griffie on how to ensure all people are enjoying the outdoors.
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Ticket to Ride?
The head of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and an ecologist debate bikes in wilderness areas.
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What do you think? Should bikes be allowed in the wilderness?
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