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  • panoramic photo of the Grand CanyonGrand Folly
    Industrial tourism has been a disaster for the Grand Canyon. It could get much worse.
    By Christopher Ketcham
  • photo of oil drilling machinery behind a screen of palms and eucalyptusL.A. Underground
    Environmental activists are trying to tear the veil away from Los Angeles’s vast oil infrastructure.
    By James William Gibson
  • photo of a smiling young woman holding a chickenUnconventional Agriculture
    Our food systems are changing thanks to a rising crop of women farmers.
    By Sena Christian
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In Review: Antarctic Edge: 70° South

A beautifully filmed journey to the bottom of the globe reveals new risks to the planet

There’s an old saying: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Well, here’s a film about a few people who are doing something about extreme weather. Every spring (in the Southern Hemisphere) oceanographers and ecologists of the Long…
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From California to São Paulo, Challenging Agribusiness’s Water Monopoly

As Brazil's São Paulo taps out its water reserves, questions linger about how much the state's water utility distributes to sugarcane for ethanol production

By now, most are aware of California's unprecedented mandatory water restrictions, which Governor Brown ordered earlier this month. Many also know that these limits apply exclusively to urban water agencies, even though cities use only about 20 percent of California's total surface water…
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Farming with Robots

Can more mechanization reduce the use of chemical herbicides?

Weeds, farmers’ biggest headache since time immemorial, just won’t stop popping up. Modern agricultural technology thought it had weeds beaten with its synthetic pesticides and gene manipulation. But nature has come roaring back with evolved weeds robust enough to resist the chemicals…
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In Tomorrow’s Vote, Pacific Fishery Management Council Must Act to Close Sardine Fishery

Failure to intervene will have lasting impact on marine ecosystem and coastal economy

Pacific sardines are in the midst of a crash, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1950s. When asked where the sardines had gone in the years following World War II, scientist Ed Ricketts famously answered, "They're in cans.” As…
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SeaWorld Faces Third Lawsuit in as Many Weeks Over Orca Captivity

Lawsuit says the marine entertainment company misleads the public about the health and wellbeing of captive orcas

SeaWorld has been treading water for the past few years as it faces ongoing criticism about its captive orca program. The marine entertainment behemoth may soon find itself sinking: Today, a new lawsuit was filed against SeaWorld claiming that the company makes…
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Maybe Monsanto Is Not All Bad

Biotech firm's acquisition of Climate Corporation will help farmers plan for severe weather

By Marc Gunther David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation, expected pushback when he decided to sell his San Francisco-based big data company to Monsanto. He was surprised, though, when some of the loudest criticism came from his own father. Photo by Bill…
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This Amazing Beach Art Will Give You a Moment of Zen

Artist Andres Amador seeks to highlight the power of the impermanent

Andres Amador says that when he’s in the midst of creating one of his epic beach art installations, passers-by often become anxious when they notice the tide coming in. Many viewers just can’t grasp that someone would take the time to create…
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Voices

Dr. Sylvia Earle
The oceanographer discusses the threats to the world’s oceans, and what citizens can do to protect them.
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Monsanto’s Spin Machine Grinds On
Journal columnist Anna Lappé on how the chemical and biotech giant is recycling its playbook from the past.
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Keeping It Real
How one family is raising their children without any mobile electronic devices in the house.
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Power Play

The energy industry is now firmly hitched to the national security state.
By Adam Federman

The New Greenspeak

The language of green managerialism is sucking the life out of the environmental movement.
By Simon P. James

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