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Ensia is a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action. Our mission is to share stories and spark conversations that motivate, empower and inspire people to create a more sustainable future.

Are schools teaching our children to waste food?  Are schools teaching our children to waste food? Food waste carries massive environmental, social and economic costs — so much that you’d think one… Notable
Phosphorus runoff is a big problem, but Florida is getting closer to a solution  Phosphorus runoff is a big problem, but Florida is getting closer to a solution Excess phosphorus runoff and emissions from urban areas and croplands, animal feedlots, sewage… Notable
A long-overdue burial for the population vs. consumption question nbsp; VoicesA long-overdue burial for the population vs. consumption question  
In the race to save species, GMOs are coming to nature nbsp; FeatureIn the race to save species, GMOs are coming to nature  
From the American prairie, a conservation success story nbsp; VideoFrom the American prairie, a conservation success story  
It’s time for the health care industry to raise its voice on climate change nbsp; VoicesIt’s time for the health care industry to raise its voice on climate change  
Are self-driving vehicles good for the environment? nbsp; FeatureAre self-driving vehicles good for the environment?  
Extreme Makeover: Photosynthesis Edition  Extreme Makeover: Photosynthesis Edition Plants are far better than humans at turning sunlight into food. But they’re not nearly as good as… Notable
The dangers of separating science and environment nbsp; VoicesThe dangers of separating science and environment  
The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low  The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low States hoping to increase their share of renewable energy to achieve the emissions reduction goals… Notable
What to do about the antidepressants, antibiotics and other drugs in our water nbsp; FeatureWhat to do about the antidepressants, antibiotics and other drugs in our water  
Sea-level rise and sinking land make deltas extremely vulnerable  Sea-level rise and sinking land make deltas extremely vulnerable In July 2014 we published a photo essay that highlighted the ecological and economic importance of… Notable
What role should humans play in returning forests to their natural state? nbsp; VideoWhat role should humans play in returning forests to their natural state?  
It’s time to invest in clean energy in Africa nbsp; VoicesIt’s time to invest in clean energy in Africa  
How to grow more food with less water nbsp; FeatureHow to grow more food with less water  
Is our ability to predict floods drying up?  Is our ability to predict floods drying up? The ability to anticipate floods and mobilize a timely response — increasingly a life-and-death… Notable
Going to great heights to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity nbsp; VideoGoing to great heights to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity  
The search for sustainable plastics nbsp; FeatureThe search for sustainable plastics  
As we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen nbsp; FeatureAs we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen  
Getting all that wasted food to hungry people  Getting all that wasted food to hungry people More and more people are starting to get the message that the massive amount of food we waste in… Notable
8 charts and maps show why drought will be a growing challenge in the U.S. nbsp; Photo8 charts and maps show why drought will be a growing challenge in the U.S.  
What the “cold economy” means for a warming world nbsp; ArticleWhat the “cold economy” means for a warming world  
Let’s stop treating our soil like dirt nbsp; VoicesLet’s stop treating our soil like dirt  
Is organic farming climate friendly?  Is organic farming climate friendly? Think organic farming is climate friendly? You might want to think again. A study published… Notable
This remote region of India is becoming a model of climate resilience nbsp; VideoThis remote region of India is becoming a model of climate resilience  
Are countries legally required to protect their citizens from climate change? nbsp; FeatureAre countries legally required to protect their citizens from climate change?  
Three things you must teach your kids if you care about the environment nbsp; VoicesThree things you must teach your kids if you care about the environment  
How to protect sharks and humans at the same time  How to protect sharks and humans at the same time In case you somehow missed it, Shark Week has once again descended upon us. The annual summer… Notable
The challenge — and opportunity — of powering Sub-Saharan Africa nbsp; InfographicThe challenge — and opportunity — of powering Sub-Saharan Africa  
Global food security is a moral imperative nbsp; VoicesGlobal food security is a moral imperative  
Does one of the world’s most abundant animals need protection from our appetite? nbsp; FeatureDoes one of the world’s most abundant animals need protection from our appetite?  
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll read this under a tree  If you know what’s good for you, you’ll read this under a tree You’ve probably noticed how being around trees, grass and flowers can make you feel better… Notable
New documentary shines a light on solutions to global species loss nbsp; VideoNew documentary shines a light on solutions to global species loss  
How one small change could reduce your food waste nbsp; InfographicHow one small change could reduce your food waste  
Christiana Figueres: On the road to Paris nbsp; InterviewChristiana Figueres: On the road to Paris  
Vietnam​ searches for solutions to deal with domestic e-waste nbsp; PhotoVietnam​ searches for solutions to deal with domestic e-waste  
Environmental restoration is big business  Environmental restoration is big business Think environmental protection hurts business? You just might want to think again. In a study… Notable
Can Latin America do palm oil right? nbsp; FeatureCan Latin America do palm oil right?  
If we quit oil, then what? nbsp; VoicesIf we quit oil, then what?  
Previous elephant killing spots offer clues to stem future deaths  Previous elephant killing spots offer clues to stem future deaths This morning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held an “ivory crush” event in Times Square in New… Notable
What’s the role of the private sector in solving environmental challenges? nbsp; VideoWhat’s the role of the private sector in solving environmental challenges?  
Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how. nbsp; VoicesAgroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how.  
How do you bring electricity to 620 million people? nbsp; FeatureHow do you bring electricity to 620 million people?  
Protecting the endangered Arabian leopard in the mountains of Oman nbsp; VideoProtecting the endangered Arabian leopard in the mountains of Oman  
As Arctic sea ice shrinks, so does our window of opportunity nbsp; PhotoAs Arctic sea ice shrinks, so does our window of opportunity  
Cotton, cashmere, chemicals … what really goes into making our clothes? nbsp; FeatureCotton, cashmere, chemicals … what really goes into making our clothes?  
One Zambian man’s inspiring journey from charcoal burner to forest champion nbsp; VideoOne Zambian man’s inspiring journey from charcoal burner to forest champion  
We’ll cross that bridge when we … nevermind  We’ll cross that bridge when we … nevermind Climate science tells us future weather is going to be dramatically different than it is today… Notable
It’s time for a new story of humanity’s place in the world nbsp; VoicesIt’s time for a new story of humanity’s place in the world  
What do you get when you cross a musician with a cause? nbsp; ArticleWhat do you get when you cross a musician with a cause?  
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