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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.

How a small community saved a contaminated river in Finland nbsp; Video How a small community saved a contaminated river in Finland  
Crop gene banks are preserving the future of agriculture. But who’s preserving them? nbsp; Feature Crop gene banks are preserving the future of agriculture. But who’s preserving them?  
We’re headed to Paris. But where did we come from? nbsp; Feature We’re headed to Paris. But where did we come from?  
How old will you be when the oil runs out?   How old will you be when the oil runs out? Think environmental change happens too slowly to matter to your lifetime? “Your Life on Earth,” an intriguing  interactive… Notable
Putting the world’s challenges at the heart of business nbsp; Voices Putting the world’s challenges at the heart of business  
The market incentives that are keeping trees standing in Brazil   The market incentives that are keeping trees standing in Brazil And now for some good news: It looks like some market-driven agreements around beef production in Brazil may be slowing deforestation in… Notable
We know what sustainable development should look like — now let’s do it nbsp; Voices We know what sustainable development should look like — now let’s do it  
Coydogs and lynxcats and pizzlies, oh my nbsp; Article Coydogs and lynxcats and pizzlies, oh my  
A win for farmers and the environment   A win for farmers and the environment Is it possible to reduce pesticide use without compromising crop yields? Yes — and then some, according to a new study published in the… Notable
What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic nbsp; Video What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic  
Want to change the future? Pay attention to the past. nbsp; Voices Want to change the future? Pay attention to the past.  
How good is that environmental nonprofit, anyway? nbsp; Feature How good is that environmental nonprofit, anyway?  
The 11 most important forests in the world   The 11 most important forests in the world You might not think of eastern Australia as one of the hot spots of global deforestation. But it ranks right up there with the Amazon and… Notable
Bryan Christy: Bringing wildlife crime to a global audience nbsp; Interview Bryan Christy: Bringing wildlife crime to a global audience  
The hidden risk of negative emissions technologies nbsp; Voices The hidden risk of negative emissions technologies  
Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield? nbsp; Feature Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield?  
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  
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