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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.

Question the Norm nbsp; Voices Question the Norm  
Manufacturing Goes Lean and Green nbsp; Feature Manufacturing Goes Lean and Green  
Fish-friendly Dams   Fish-friendly Dams Imagine going from sea level to the top of Mount Everest in just a few seconds. That’s the type of pressure change most fish feel when they… Notable
Christine Bader: Conversation With a Corporate Idealist nbsp; Interview Christine Bader: Conversation With a Corporate Idealist  
When Spending Less on Green Energy Is Good   When Spending Less on Green Energy Is Good Can spending less on renewable energy be a good thing? It can if the reason is that renewables are becoming more affordable. Notable
Cultivating the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders nbsp; Voices Cultivating the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders  
One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make nbsp; Voices One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make  
Biomimicry Goes To School nbsp; Video Biomimicry Goes To School  
Pay Now or Pay More Later nbsp; Voices Pay Now or Pay More Later  
Model Behavior   Model Behavior You wouldn’t expect an MP3 player to play 8-track tapes, or the operating system from your first computer to run today’s software. Then why… Notable
Webby Awards   Webby Awards Ensia has been named an honoree in the Best Green Website category of the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s… Update
Mapping the Course nbsp; Voices Mapping the Course  
Why Rare Earth Recycling Is Rare (And What We Can Do About It) nbsp; Feature Why Rare Earth Recycling Is Rare (And What We Can Do About It)  
The Sound of 2013   The Sound of 2013 Last June, University of Minnesota geography student Daniel Crawford starred in the video for “A Song of Our Warming Planet” — a… Notable
Food + Energy = Crisis? nbsp; Voices Food + Energy = Crisis?  
Catch and Deceased? nbsp; Infographic Catch and Deceased?  
Envision 2050: The Future of Transportation nbsp; Feature Envision 2050: The Future of Transportation  
A Long-term Forecast   A Long-term Forecast The impacts of climate change are being felt around the world, but have you ever wondered how they might affect your neck of the woods? If… Notable
Screen for Safer Chemicals   Screen for Safer Chemicals Inventors and others who want to factor in environment and health as they formulate new chemicals or make policy or procurement decisions… Notable
We Walk the Line nbsp; Photo We Walk the Line  
Iris Ho: Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade nbsp; Interview Iris Ho: Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade  
Together, We Save Forests nbsp; Voices Together, We Save Forests  
What if the global economy worked like nature? nbsp; Video What if the global economy worked like nature?  
EO 13653 for Dummies   EO 13653 for Dummies As part of a recent panel of environmental journalists convened at the Wilson Center, Coral Davenport of The New York Times said that… Notable
The Complex World of Big Land Deals nbsp; Feature The Complex World of Big Land Deals  
Filtering for Free   Filtering for Free Contaminated water sickens or kills millions of people each year, mostly in developing countries where people lack access to the high-tech… Notable
Jonathon Porritt: The World We Made nbsp; Interview Jonathon Porritt: The World We Made  
Fixing Palm Oil’s Other Climate Threat nbsp; Voices Fixing Palm Oil’s Other Climate Threat  
Oceans of Energy nbsp; Feature Oceans of Energy  
Manta Rays of Hope   Manta Rays of Hope Indonesia recently established the world’s largest manta ray sanctuary. Nearly 6 million square kilometers of ocean surrounding the… Notable
Will Sarni: Managing Global Water Risks nbsp; Interview Will Sarni: Managing Global Water Risks  
Up to the Challenge?   Up to the Challenge? Do you have an idea that could change the world but you aren’t sure how to get the ball rolling? The Buckminster Fuller Institute might… Notable
The Elephant in the Wildlife Trade Conversation nbsp; Voices The Elephant in the Wildlife Trade Conversation  
Teach a Child, Change a World nbsp; Article Teach a Child, Change a World  
Reaching a Broader Audience   Reaching a Broader Audience Speaking at the 2014 Science Online Together conference today, Mónica Feliú-Mójer, manager of outreach programs in the department of… Notable
The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar nbsp; Photo The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar  
Where in the World?   Where in the World? Some 126,000 described species rely on freshwater habitats, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. How can we… Notable
GMOs, Silver Bullets and the Trap of Reductionist Thinking nbsp; Voices GMOs, Silver Bullets and the Trap of Reductionist Thinking  
Can Today’s Technology Save Us? nbsp; Feature Can Today’s Technology Save Us?  
From Grid Waste to Good Taste nbsp; Article From Grid Waste to Good Taste  
Growing Up   Growing Up If you’re in the market for a new place with a natural setting surrounded by lush vegetation and trees, you’re probably not looking at… Notable
Responsible Recycling   Responsible Recycling More than 1.8 billion phones were sold around the world in 2013, according to the research firm Gartner — a 3.4 percent increase over the… Notable
What Does a Sustainable Future Actually Look Like? nbsp; Voices What Does a Sustainable Future Actually Look Like?  
Go With the Flow nbsp; Photo Go With the Flow  
We (Heart) Innovation   We (Heart) Innovation Do you like generating novel ideas? You can have fun thinking them up and put them to good use, too, as a participant in a Challenge Driven… Notable
Are We on the Path to Peak Water? nbsp; Infographic Are We on the Path to Peak Water?  
On the Move   On the Move A stunning new collection of maps published this week in the journal Nature shows how fast and in which direction temperatures on land and… Notable
The Periphery Isn’t Peripheral nbsp; Voices The Periphery Isn’t Peripheral  
Why You Shouldn’t Hope for an Early Spring nbsp; Feature Why You Shouldn’t Hope for an Early Spring  
Rays of Hope   Rays of Hope It’s hard to imagine a place where solar power makes more sense than in communities in sun-drenched countries that are not yet connected to… Notable
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