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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.

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  
Fishing for a Solution   Fishing for a Solution As writer Rowan Jacobsen explores in our recent feature “Has Meat Met Its Match?,” animal agriculture’s hefty environmental footprint… Notable
Is 6 Percent The World’s Most Important Number? nbsp; Infographic Is 6 Percent The World’s Most Important Number?  
Have Your Steak and Eat It, Too   Have Your Steak and Eat It, Too In our recent feature, “Has Meat Met Its Match?,” writer Rowan Jacobsen explores ways people can (now and possibly in the future) reduce… Notable
Is Sharing Really Green? nbsp; Voices Is Sharing Really Green?  
Has Meat Met Its Match? nbsp; Feature Has Meat Met Its Match?  
Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits   Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits For many, sitting alone in a vehicle in a traffic jam on the way to work is a fact of life. But are there policies cities could consider to… Notable
What Is Natural Capital, Anyway? nbsp; Video What Is Natural Capital, Anyway?  
The Bright Side of the Megacity   The Bright Side of the Megacity Writing in Foreign Policy, journalist Jonathan Kalan argues that the media, environmentalists and non-governmental organizations focus too… Notable
The Secret to Real Sustainability nbsp; Voices The Secret to Real Sustainability  
Denmark’s Near-Zero-Waste Wonder nbsp; Article Denmark’s Near-Zero-Waste Wonder  
Playing It Cool   Playing It Cool On a hot, sunny day, dark roofs and pavements in Houston reach a smoldering 160 degrees. Startling facts like this spurred action at the… Notable
If a Tree Falls in a Virtual Forest… nbsp; Feature If a Tree Falls in a Virtual Forest…  
Chemicals Are Skin Deep   Chemicals Are Skin Deep Ever wonder if all those strange sounding ingredients in your shampoo, deodorant or lipstick are healthy or harmful for you and the… Notable
We Need Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids nbsp; Voices We Need Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids  
In Water We Trust nbsp; Feature In Water We Trust  
A Moving Study   A Moving Study As the world’s climate changes and severe weather events become more common one phenomenon of particular concern is human migration. How… Notable
Endangered Deltas nbsp; Photo Endangered Deltas  
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