• 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

Trump Begins Tearing up Obama’s Years of Progress on Tackling Climate Change

Fossil fuels to the fore as president signs orders to review clean power plan, lift ban on coal leases and discard expert thinking on true cost of carbon emissions

Update, 12:45 p.m. March 28: Trump signed the executive order that will trigger a review of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama's signature policy to address climate change, late this afternoon. This article has been updated to reflect this development. Donald Trump…
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Can a Public Image Makeover Save the Mauritius Fruit Bat?

Conservationists are working to recast perceptions of native pollinators in the wake of controversial culls

Earlier this year I visited Mauritius, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean famous for its powdery white sand beaches and beautiful seascapes. Lying within the tropical belt, sunsets in Mauritius sneak up quickly and end suddenly. They also coincide with…
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Building a Thin Green Line Along the West Coast

From California to British Columbia, environmentalists are gearing up for an epic fight against fossil fuel infrastructure

Despite a string of victories in the last few years limiting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure on the West Coast, Donald Trump’s presidency shows it was never going to be easy to defeat the oil and gas industry. In two months,…
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Awe and Wonder for Sale

Our public lands, now under siege, offer space for quiet reflection, contemplation, and renewed faith in our agency

After three days wandering off trail along the Continental Divide, we reached the beating heart of wild America. Before us: the headwaters of the Yellowstone River, an elk’s bugle from the point farthest from a paved road in the lower-48. Less than…
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Coal in ‘Freefall’ as New Power Plant Construction Dives by Two-Thirds

Report says move to cleaner energy in China and India is discouraging the building of coal-fired units

The amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, prompting campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel was in freefall. The dramatic decline in new coal-fired units was overwhelmingly due to policy shifts in…
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Oman’s Search for Renewable Energy Sources

In a region better known for oil, the Middle Eastern nation is beginning to look for alternatives

Perched over the Strait of Hormuz and above the 17 million oil barrels that sail through it each day, the Sultanate of Oman is something of a regional outlier. Nestled among a cluster of hydrocarbon-producing heavyweights, Oman might appear unlikely as a…
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US Needs to Massively Scale Up Forest Protection to Tackle Climate Change

Logging reduces potential forest sink by over a third, hampering critical action to curb global warming, says new report

Of the many sources of carbon emissions the United States must reduce in order to thwart climate change, the most surprising may be its forests. According to a new report out today, logging in US forests reduces the potential forest carbon sink…
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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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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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