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The Case Against Glamping on Public Lands

Do high-end campsites undermine the spirit of national parks?

One of the most popular new trends in outdoor recreation is known as “glamping” which is a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping”. The idea is this: visitors pay steep fees, ranging anywhere from $175 to $3,999 per night, to stay in luxurious…
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Experts Hope Total Solar Eclipse Will Reinvigorate National Interest in Science and Nature

Citizen scientists across US will be collecting data on once-in-a-lifetime event

On August 21, for the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will exclusively cross the United States. A 65-mile swath of darkness, the "path of totality" caused by the moon blocking all of the sun except its corona,…
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Preschool in the Forest

Children at Pacific Northwest school spend their days — rain, shine, and snow — in nature

For four hours a day, a group of preschool children and their teachers in Washington State head into a forest. Rain, snow, or shine, the children are free to run, play, climb, explore, sit quietly, or play musical instruments. The teachers are…
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Embracing Roadside Ecology

Highways pose dangers to wildlife, but roadside spaces can also provide valuable habitat

When we think of roads and highways, images of cars and trucks whizzing by comes to mind. But what does the side of the road look like? Try picturing your local highway — is it littered with trash? Are there any plants?…
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Bolivia Approves Highway Through Amazon Biodiversity Hotspot

National park that is home to thousands of Indigenous people loses protected status to allow for construction of 190-mile road

Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway that would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly Indigenous people. Photo by Marielle Claudia Indigenous peoples march in defense of the Isiboro…
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Four Pacific Marine National Monuments Face Threat Under Trump Order

Fishing interests push to roll back the world's biggest set of ocean reserves as Secretary Zinke prepares recommendations

This is Kitty Simonds’ moment. For the four decades that she has been running an obscure but powerful federal fisheries management agency in Honolulu, Simonds has fought tooth and nail against any restrictions on fishing in the waters surrounding US possessions in…
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Voices

Lori Marino
A neuroscientist and behavioral biologists explains why scientists make the best advocates.
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Ken Ward
The direct action activist, who faces a felony conviction for cutting a valve on the TransCanada pipeline, write about why he has no regrets.
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Current Issue

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The Butterfly Effect

How nature restoration programs in Oregon’s prisons are helping inmates find a new purpose in life.
By Nancy Hill

Forecast: Uncertain

Myanmar is being battered by the worst impacts of global warming. Does it have the capacity to adapt?
By Kendra Pierre Louis

Hope for a New Trade Agenda

Holding NAFTA negotiators accountable for policies that truly benefit working people and the planet.
By Aaron Lehmer-Chang

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