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Ensia is a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action. Powered by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, we connect people with ideas, information and inspiration they can use to change the world.

Divestiture is nothing but a distraction nbsp; Voices Divestiture is nothing but a distraction  
The vaults in this bank hold something more precious than money nbsp; Video The vaults in this bank hold something more precious than money  
Breaking Boundaries in Minneapolis   Breaking Boundaries in Minneapolis Want to use your career to have a positive impact on the world? Take the first step by joining Ensia in Minneapolis this November 6- 8 for… Update
How some climate “wins” can lead to other uphill battles in the clean energy fight nbsp; Voices How some climate “wins” can lead to other uphill battles in the clean energy fight  
When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us nbsp; Feature When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us  
With more investment, the developing world can lead the way to a low-carbon future nbsp; Voices With more investment, the developing world can lead the way to a low-carbon future  
We only have one Earth, so we better start taking care of it. nbsp; Voices We only have one Earth, so we better start taking care of it.  
Hey, America: It’s time to talk about the price of water nbsp; Feature Hey, America: It’s time to talk about the price of water  
Dyeing to be green   Dyeing to be green The textile industry uses copious amounts of water to dye fabrics — by some estimates, 25 liters of water just to dye a T-shirt. Not only… Notable
Efrat Peled: Good Business nbsp; Interview Efrat Peled: Good Business  
A strategic approach to plastics   A strategic approach to plastics Plastic’s versatility renders it almost indispensable in today’s world, but plastic waste is a huge environmental burden. To make it… Notable
It’s time to bring nature into our built environments nbsp; Voices It’s time to bring nature into our built environments  
How we can save coral reefs (and why we should want to) nbsp; Feature How we can save coral reefs (and why we should want to)  
Disruptive Innovation Festival   Disruptive Innovation Festival The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s first-ever Disruptive Innovation Festival debuts online Oct. 20. Over the course of four weeks, the DIF… Notable
What’s Happening to the Birds? nbsp; Feature What’s Happening to the Birds?  
Sunscreen’s Dark Side   Sunscreen’s Dark Side In 2013, more than 200 million tourists sunbathed on Mediterranean beaches. You can bet that most of them applied sunscreen… Notable
A Model for Communal Forest Management nbsp; Photo A Model for Communal Forest Management  
Corporations and Carbon Pricing   Corporations and Carbon Pricing Think liberals and environmental hipsters are leading the way on carbon pricing? Think again. According to a report just published by… Notable
A New Generation of GMOs nbsp; Feature A New Generation of GMOs  
Planting Trees to Fight Ozone   Planting Trees to Fight Ozone Among other benefits, trees are valuable for their ability to clean the air around us. Last week, researchers from The Nature Conservancy… Notable
Second Life for Shipping Waste nbsp; Video Second Life for Shipping Waste  
Cleaning Up With Rent-a-Chemical nbsp; Feature Cleaning Up With Rent-a-Chemical  
Water Wedges   Water Wedges As seen in California’s ongoing drought, water acquisition is not just an issue in the developing world. Climate change, industrial and… Notable
A Tree Grows in Ho Chi Minh City nbsp; Video A Tree Grows in Ho Chi Minh City  
Why Eating Invasive Species Is a Bad Idea nbsp; Voices Why Eating Invasive Species Is a Bad Idea  
Dancing Bees Waggle the Way to Happier Habitat nbsp; Article Dancing Bees Waggle the Way to Happier Habitat  
Vanishing Invertebrates   Vanishing Invertebrates Invertebrates — including insects, worms and crustaceans — are usually pretty small, but they have a big impact when it comes to providing… Notable
The Environmental Attackers nbsp; Video The Environmental Attackers  
Time for Trees to Pack Their Trunks? nbsp; Feature Time for Trees to Pack Their Trunks?  
If Our Planet Had a Say, Here’s Where Future Roads Would Go nbsp; Voices If Our Planet Had a Say, Here’s Where Future Roads Would Go  
What Are Birds Trying to Tell Us?   What Are Birds Trying to Tell Us? When songbird populations started dropping across the U.S. in the 1950s, conservationist Rachel Carson saw disaster waiting in the wings… Notable
Who Owns Groundwater? nbsp; Feature Who Owns Groundwater?  
Christopher Golden: Global Health and the Environment nbsp; Interview Christopher Golden: Global Health and the Environment  
Conservation Crime-Stoppers   Conservation Crime-Stoppers You’ve heard about the problem of environmental crime, from poaching to murder. Individuals interested in becoming part of the… Notable
Unacceptable Levels nbsp; Voices Unacceptable Levels  
Stop and Smell the Coral   Stop and Smell the Coral Marine protected areas are a popular way to try and combat the massive decline of coral reefs around the world, in part due to overfishing… Notable
Water Savers   Water Savers With record-breaking droughts, rising temperatures and more than half of the United States population living in cities with vulnerable… Notable
Not Such a Nutty Idea   Not Such a Nutty Idea It’s an unconventional question: What do you get when you mix coconut husk fibers and recycled plastics? The answer: A sustainable material… Notable
Sustainability: Time to Get in the Real Game nbsp; Voices Sustainability: Time to Get in the Real Game  
Zero Waste World nbsp; Feature Zero Waste World  
The Cost of Environmental Crime   The Cost of Environmental Crime For $200 billion, you could buy two International Space Stations, Facebook or Peru’s economy. But according to a new report from the United… Notable
Can Insects Feed A Hungry Planet? nbsp; Infographic Can Insects Feed A Hungry Planet?  
One Billion Devices   One Billion Devices Increasing standards of living mean more — literally hundreds of millions more — computers, cell phones and other electronic devices are… Notable
Ecosystems Are Not Machines nbsp; Voices Ecosystems Are Not Machines  
Nets That Save Fish nbsp; Feature Nets That Save Fish  
Can Ants Help Slow Climate Change?   Can Ants Help Slow Climate Change? Ants are mighty little creatures. They inhabit every continent on Earth except Antarctica. They can lift 10 to 50 times their body weight… Notable
What Climate Change Means for Your Coffee nbsp; Video What Climate Change Means for Your Coffee  
A Smarter Solution to Smog   A Smarter Solution to Smog Last year, Beijing’s concentration of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) averaged nearly four times the World Health Organization’s… Notable
Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood nbsp; Voices Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood  
Biodiversity Detectives Solve Mysteries With Environmental DNA nbsp; Feature Biodiversity Detectives Solve Mysteries With Environmental DNA  
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