• 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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Latest News

‘When You Unite to Defend Your Home, Winning is Just a Matter of Time and Persistence’

2017 Goldman Environmental Prize winners offer hope and inspiration for grassroots activism

Prafulla Samantara has been fighting the forces of industrialization and their impact on the environment and rural communities in India tirelessly for more than four decades. Most recently, the 65-year-old grassroots activist has been actively involved in elevating the voice of the…
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Enduring Torture and Death Threats in Service of Conservation

If Virunga is threatened again, “I will be there,” says Congolese ranger and Goldman Prize recipient

The trials that Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo have overcome as a warden in Virunga National Park are hard to imagine from my Bay Area home — he’s been beaten and kidnapped, threatened with death, and tortured. He’s gone undercover to document the transgressions of…
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Marching for Indigenous Science

“Let us remember that long before Western science came to these shores, there were Indigenous scientists here”

This Earth Day, four leading Native American scientists and scholars, Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomi), Rosalyn LaPier (Blackfeet/Métis), Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe), and Kyle Whyte, (Potawatomi) will participate in the March for Science, in the main event in Washington DC, and at satellite marches in…
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Science Strikes Back: Anti-Trump March Set to Draw Thousands to Washington

Scientists are ditching their labs for the streets in a mass protest against the Trump administration’s war on facts, but will the effort resonate with skeptics?

On Saturday, thousands of scientists are set to abandon the cloistered neutrality of their laboratories to plunge into the political fray against Donald Trump in what will likely be the largest-ever protest by science advocates. The March for Science, a demonstration modeled…
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Chronicling Global Warming’s Impact on Antarctica’s Chinstrap Penguins

A conversation with Ron Naveen from the film The Penguin Counters

The heating up of the Antarctic Peninsula by five degrees centigrade is having a colossal impact on the seventh continent and the species living there. Co-producers and co-directors Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon embarked on an arduous Antarctic odyssey with field biologists,…
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Of Turkey Tails, Samoans, and how Culture Imbues Food

Our bodies and what we eat don’t exist in a social vacuum, Big Food knows this only too well

More than one livestock producer has told me that current food policy “maximizes assholes per acre.” I appreciate this off-color phrase as it emphasizes what ought to be obvious: that livestock intensification maximizes all elements of animal production, even those for which…
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Receding Glacier Causes Massive Canadian River to Vanish in Four Days

First ever observed case of ‘river piracy’ saw the Slims river disappear as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse

An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of…
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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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