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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.

Here’s a better way to spend the UN’s $100B Green Climate Fund nbsp; Voices Here’s a better way to spend the UN’s $100B Green Climate Fund  
Visualizing the stories data can tell nbsp; Feature Visualizing the stories data can tell  
Another source of methane release   Another source of methane release Mary Kang wasn’t even originally looking at methane emissions. The Princeton doctoral candidate was trying to get to the bottom of another… Notable
Building the new environmentalism nbsp; Voices Building the new environmentalism  
Here’s a way to pay for a healthier planet nbsp; Feature Here’s a way to pay for a healthier planet  
Saving the rainforest and tapirs in Nicaragua nbsp; Video Saving the rainforest and tapirs in Nicaragua  
Taking the pressure off desalination   Taking the pressure off desalination California-based PAX Pure hopes to offer a new solution to water scarcity with its groundbreaking water purification tool. Developed by Jay… Notable
Sustainability requires that we learn to embrace change, not fight it nbsp; Voices Sustainability requires that we learn to embrace change, not fight it  
The end and beginning of the Arctic nbsp; Feature The end and beginning of the Arctic  
Gaia Vince: Searching for solutions nbsp; Interview Gaia Vince: Searching for solutions  
Palm oil: not the evil we think it is nbsp; Voices Palm oil: not the evil we think it is  
Can medicinal plants alleviate poverty and protect Nepal’s fragile environment? nbsp; Article Can medicinal plants alleviate poverty and protect Nepal’s fragile environment?  
Treating environmental crime like other crime   Treating environmental crime like other crime The illegal exportation of waste throughout the European Union, the trafficking of endangered species, and surface-water pollution were all… Notable
Tracking the fate of ancient carbon in the Siberian Arctic nbsp; Photo Tracking the fate of ancient carbon in the Siberian Arctic  
If a tree falls in the supply chain …   If a tree falls in the supply chain … Forests provide habitat for over half of the world’s terrestrial plant and animal species, mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon… Notable
New life for the artificial leaf? nbsp; Feature New life for the artificial leaf?  
Sometimes we need to just pause and marvel at this place called Earth nbsp; Video Sometimes we need to just pause and marvel at this place called Earth  
To feed the world in 2050 we have to change course nbsp; Voices To feed the world in 2050 we have to change course  
Climate resilience (with oysters)   Climate resilience (with oysters) Earth’s rising temperatures mean more glacier melt, sea-level rise and severe weather, and this translates to heightened threats for… Notable
The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement nbsp; Article The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement  
Looking for a solid investment? How about conservation?   Looking for a solid investment? How about conservation? Between 2009 and 2013, impact investors poured close to $23 billion into conservation projects such as water quantity and quality… Notable
Can sports make sustainability mainstream? nbsp; Voices Can sports make sustainability mainstream?  
How did palm oil become such a problem — and what can we do about it? nbsp; Feature How did palm oil become such a problem — and what can we do about it?  
This infographic shows why renewable energy is here to stay nbsp; Infographic This infographic shows why renewable energy is here to stay  
Cities are the greatest hope for our planet nbsp; Voices Cities are the greatest hope for our planet  
Could evolution be our ally when it comes to mosquito control? nbsp; Article Could evolution be our ally when it comes to mosquito control?  
Can we have our cities and biodiversity, too? nbsp; Video Can we have our cities and biodiversity, too?  
Sustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow nbsp; Photo Sustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow  
Well water win-win   Well water win-win Solve two problems with one filter? That’s what Drinkwell aims to do. Begun through a collaboration between researchers at Lehigh… Notable
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  
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