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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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Rwanda Launches Project to Rid Its Freshwater Lakes of Suffocating Weed

Initiative to remove water hyacinth from lakes is part of a long-term effort to restore the African nation’s fragile ecosystems

Nestled within Africa’s Great Lakes region, landlocked Rwanda is dotted with many beautiful and ecologically diverse freshwater lakes that sustain numerous fishing communities. The amazing array of bird life at these lakes, including the largest and most spectacular Lake Kivu, draw tourists…
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Earth Has Lost Half of Its Wildlife in the Past 40 Years, Says WWF

Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats

Photograph: Global Warming Images/WWF-CanonRubbish dumped on the tundra outside llulissat in Greenland stand in stark contrast to icebergsbehind from the Sermeq Kujullaq or llulissat Ice fjord – a Unesco world heritage site. The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in…
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It’s Official! California Is Now the First US State to Ban Plastic Bags

Environmentalists celebrate, but say tackling widespread plastic pollution needs national and global-level action

After an insistent year-long campaign by environmentalists and citizen activists, today Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 270, a bill that prohibits the use of single-use plastic bags in grocery and retail stores throughout California, making it the first state in…
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System of Rice Intensification Brings Hope to Global Rice Production

SRI methods generate higher rice yields using less water

Nearly one-third of the world's population depends heavily on rice and rice products for food, with rice providing up to 70 percent of daily calories in some regions.  Over the last thirty years, milled rice consumption has increased by 40 percent, and…
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Stalked from the Skies

Do drones have a place in hunting?

As Dayglo-orange cloaked sportsmen head out into the woods for the fall hunting season, some may have a few new tools in their arsenal. In addition to calls, decoys, and scent eliminators, drones can now give hunters another edge over their prey.…
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Five Ways Ban Ki-moon’s Summit Has Changed International Climate Politics Forever

The UN climate summit in New York decided nothing – but it has helped put climate change back on the agenda

By Michael Jacobs So 120 government leaders each made 4 minute speeches about climate change at the United Nations. Did it make any difference? Yes, but not in the ways you might think. The UN climate summit did not conclude in a…
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In Review: Mission Blue

Diving into the life of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle

For many years, I was a vegetarian. It was a gradual process. Like many people, I eliminated red meat first, then poultry, and eventually, fish. And then, as the idealistic haze of my college years wore off, I gradually started eating meat…
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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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