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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.

Saving the rainforest and tapirs in Nicaragua nbsp; Video Saving the rainforest and tapirs in Nicaragua  
Tracking the fate of ancient carbon in the Siberian Arctic nbsp; Photo Tracking the fate of ancient carbon in the Siberian Arctic  
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  
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?  
The vaults in this bank hold something more precious than money nbsp; Video The vaults in this bank hold something more precious than money  
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)  
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
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
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
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
Christopher Golden: Global Health and the Environment nbsp; Interview Christopher Golden: Global Health and the Environment  
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
Ecosystems Are Not Machines nbsp; Voices Ecosystems Are Not Machines  
Biodiversity Detectives Solve Mysteries With Environmental DNA nbsp; Feature Biodiversity Detectives Solve Mysteries With Environmental DNA  
Endangered Deltas nbsp; Photo Endangered Deltas  
Soaring With … Vultures? nbsp; Video Soaring With … Vultures?  
Olinguitos and Geckos and Microbes, Oh My! nbsp; Photo Olinguitos and Geckos and Microbes, Oh My!  
Documenting Our Changing Coasts   Documenting Our Changing Coasts The U.S. Geological Survey appears to subscribe to the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words — and to the power of citizen… Notable
Peter Knights: Curbing the Demand for Wildlife nbsp; Interview Peter Knights: Curbing the Demand for Wildlife  
Better for Biodiversity   Better for Biodiversity There is a long-standing sense that organic farms are better for biodiversity than are conventional farms. But how much better? The answer… Notable
Haven in the Sky nbsp; Photo Haven in the Sky  
Tropical Wildlife Caught on Camera nbsp; Video Tropical Wildlife Caught on Camera  
Fish-friendly Dams   Fish-friendly Dams Imagine going from sea level to the top of Mount Everest in just a few seconds. That’s the type of pressure change most fish feel when they… Notable
One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make nbsp; Voices One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make  
Mapping the Course nbsp; Voices Mapping the Course  
Catch and Deceased? nbsp; Infographic Catch and Deceased?  
Iris Ho: Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade nbsp; Interview Iris Ho: Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade  
Together, We Save Forests nbsp; Voices Together, We Save Forests  
Manta Rays of Hope   Manta Rays of Hope Indonesia recently established the world’s largest manta ray sanctuary. Nearly 6 million square kilometers of ocean surrounding the… Notable
Where in the World?   Where in the World? Some 126,000 described species rely on freshwater habitats, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. How can we… Notable
On the Move   On the Move A stunning new collection of maps published this week in the journal Nature shows how fast and in which direction temperatures on land and… Notable
Why You Shouldn’t Hope for an Early Spring nbsp; Feature Why You Shouldn’t Hope for an Early Spring  
Consider the Cane Toad nbsp; Voices Consider the Cane Toad  
Can Mock Hunts Save Lions’ Lives? nbsp; Feature Can Mock Hunts Save Lions’ Lives?  
Big Dam Turnaround nbsp; Feature Big Dam Turnaround  
Conservation Crystal Ball   Conservation Crystal Ball When it comes to conservation, what you don’t know really can hurt you. That’s why a group of more than a dozen horizon scanners… Notable
Preserving Nature Isn’t About Aesthetics. It’s About Necessity. nbsp; Voices Preserving Nature Isn’t About Aesthetics. It’s About Necessity.  
Building a Better Rat Trap nbsp; Article Building a Better Rat Trap  
80 Days In Greenland nbsp; Video 80 Days In Greenland  
Maintaining the Long View nbsp; Article Maintaining the Long View  
More Precious Than Gold   More Precious Than Gold What’s worth more, gold or rhino horn? Turns out it’s not even close. According to a recent infographic by The Huffington Post, a kilogram… Notable
The Gift of Indigenous Knowledge   The Gift of Indigenous Knowledge Policy makers designing strategies to protect biodiversity and ecosystems would do well to tap the wisdom of indigenous peoples, say… Notable
For Great Lakes’ Sakes nbsp; Feature For Great Lakes’ Sakes  
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