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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.

Say what you mean   Say what you mean There may be no more important documents being produced today for governments, policy makers and the general public to understand than the… Notable
Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife nbsp; Feature Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife  
46 million tons of trash — or treasure?   46 million tons of trash — or treasure? When we think of e-waste, we tend to think of phones, computers, printers and the like. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg… Notable
Goldman Prize winners fight and inspire nbsp; Photo Goldman Prize winners fight and inspire  
Nikhil Seth: A new vision for sustainable development nbsp; Interview Nikhil Seth: A new vision for sustainable development  
Better photosynthesis for a better world?   Better photosynthesis for a better world? There’s no question that plants are better than most other life forms at converting carbon dioxide and sunlight into the sugars that form… Notable
We’re all in this together — let’s start acting like it nbsp; Voices We’re all in this together — let’s start acting like it  
Can saltwater quench our growing thirst? nbsp; Feature Can saltwater quench our growing thirst?  
Shining light on environmental injustice   Shining light on environmental injustice In some places “fighting for the environment” means writing letters to elected officials or marching in protest against a polluter. In… Notable
Could traditional plants hold the secret to saving crops from pests? nbsp; Feature Could traditional plants hold the secret to saving crops from pests?  
Shellfisheries: Time to prepare for ocean acidification nbsp; Voices Shellfisheries: Time to prepare for ocean acidification  
Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy nbsp; Feature Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy  
How do those plants do that?   How do those plants do that? It will come as no surprise to Ensia readers that nature has a lot of answers we could use to solve our most dire problems related to the… Notable
Chef Rob Ruiz is on a mission to make seafood more sustainable nbsp; Interview Chef Rob Ruiz is on a mission to make seafood more sustainable  
How does climate stack up against other worst-case scenarios? nbsp; Voices How does climate stack up against other worst-case scenarios?  
The biggest source of plastic trash you’ve never heard of nbsp; Feature The biggest source of plastic trash you’ve never heard of  
A thirst for solutions nbsp; Photo A thirst for solutions  
How one California farmer is battling the worst drought in 1,200 years nbsp; Feature How one California farmer is battling the worst drought in 1,200 years  
Air pollution impacts brain development before birth   Air pollution impacts brain development before birth A study published today in JAMA Psychology outlines the negative impacts of prenatal exposure to air pollutants on childhood brain… Notable
Only capitalism can save the planet nbsp; Voices Only capitalism can save the planet  
Exploring America’s hidden recycling industry nbsp; Photo Exploring America’s hidden recycling industry  
Welcome to the wild world of rhino conservation nbsp; Feature Welcome to the wild world of rhino conservation  
Beyond Keystone XL: How to win the war on climate change nbsp; Voices Beyond Keystone XL: How to win the war on climate change  
Water woes — and winners   Water woes — and winners Businesses can barely use the word “water” today without also adding “risk,” “crisis,”… Notable
The environment goes to Washington nbsp; Video The environment goes to Washington  
Environmental activism needs “good cops” and “bad cops” nbsp; Voices Environmental activism needs “good cops” and “bad cops”  
Will natural gas dim solar’s shine? nbsp; Feature Will natural gas dim solar’s shine?  
This small Central American country is a renewable energy powerhouse nbsp; Video This small Central American country is a renewable energy powerhouse  
Everything you always wanted to know about the UN climate talks but were afraid to ask nbsp; Feature Everything you always wanted to know about the UN climate talks but were afraid to ask  
Why geoengineering can be only part of the climate solution nbsp; Voices Why geoengineering can be only part of the climate solution  
“Linking” semi trucks can result in huge fuel savings   “Linking” semi trucks can result in huge fuel savings Over the past year one of the hottest tech trends has been the race to develop autonomous — or driverless — cars. The journal Nature even… Notable
How to steer clear of the looming climate shock nbsp; Voices How to steer clear of the looming climate shock  
How climate adaptation experts help companies prepare for disaster nbsp; Feature How climate adaptation experts help companies prepare for disaster  
Seasteading could be the answer to sustainably feeding 9 billion people nbsp; Voices Seasteading could be the answer to sustainably feeding 9 billion people  
What works for worms   What works for worms Looking for inspiration for your innovation? The AskNature collection of National Geographic’s Great Nature Project could be a good… Notable
Grounded: Why soil matters to the health of the planet and us nbsp; Infographic Grounded: Why soil matters to the health of the planet and us  
What are we doing to our children’s brains? nbsp; Feature What are we doing to our children’s brains?  
Which coffee do birds like best?   Which coffee do birds like best? When it comes to shade-grown coffee, “there is shade and there is shade,” says University of Utah biologist Çağan Şekercioğlu. At least for… Notable
A clash of lives and livelihoods: small mines and water quality in India nbsp; Video A clash of lives and livelihoods: small mines and water quality in India  
Conservation is complicated, and all approaches need to be on the table nbsp; Voices Conservation is complicated, and all approaches need to be on the table  
Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future? nbsp; Article Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future?  
Climate resiliency with termite mounds   Climate resiliency with termite mounds What do termites have to do with climate change? Potentially a lot, according to research recently published in Science (subscription… Notable
Is pH a red herring when it comes to ocean acidification? nbsp; Article Is pH a red herring when it comes to ocean acidification?  
M. Sanjayan: Nature and humans, together again nbsp; Interview M. Sanjayan: Nature and humans, together again  
Peak (almost) everything   Peak (almost) everything The concept of resource use peaking and then declining first gained ground in the 1950s when M. King Hubbert projected the arrival of peak… Notable
Last tango for nuclear? nbsp; Feature Last tango for nuclear?  
“We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming.” nbsp; Article “We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming.”  
Aviation is the key to reducing climate emissions nbsp; Voices Aviation is the key to reducing climate emissions  
Climate change mitigation’s best-kept secret nbsp; Feature Climate change mitigation’s best-kept secret  
New survey highlights global sustainability opportunities   New survey highlights global sustainability opportunities A recent survey of over 6,000 public and private sector leaders in 21 countries reveals strong confidence in sustainable growth… Notable
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