• 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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The Food Saviors

In five Argentine cities, volunteers rescue leftovers from parties and events and take them to community meal programs

Three strangers meet at midnight, take a ride in a car, and then knock on the back door of a party venue. When they get inside, they cover themselves from head to toe: face masks, hairnets, aprons, and gloves; they don’t want…
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WTO Ruling on Mexican Tuna Fisheries Is a Blow for Dolphins

Conservationists denounce trade body ruling that US “Dolphin Safe” tuna-labeling rules discriminate against Mexico

In a setback for dolphins, the World Trade Organization ruled on Tuesday that the United States’ “Dolphin Safe” tuna-labeling regulations unfairly discriminates against Mexico by restricting its access to US markets and that Mexico can seek $163 million a year in trade…
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Famine in Africa and Yemen Gives Us a Glimpse of What a Climate-Changed Planet Might Look Like

Failing to halt the advance of global warming means complicity with mass annihilation

Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million…
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‘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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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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