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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.

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  
The Wild Ones nbsp; Photo The Wild Ones  
The Secret Life of Native Bees nbsp; Article The Secret Life of Native Bees  
Old Friends   Old Friends Need another reason to protect and value green spaces? Here’s an intriguing one: the benefits humans receive from being exposed to the… Notable
Sky-High Race Against Time nbsp; Article Sky-High Race Against Time  
Tropical Wonder   Tropical Wonder All the corners of the globe have been explored, right? Think again. An international team of field biologists studying the mountainous… Notable
Bum Rap for Invasive Species?   Bum Rap for Invasive Species? According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “The negative consequences of invasive species are far-reaching, costing the United States… Notable
Three Seconds of Courage nbsp; Video Three Seconds of Courage  
Enric Sala: Can We Eat Our Fish and Protect Them, Too? nbsp; Interview Enric Sala: Can We Eat Our Fish and Protect Them, Too?  
Conservation Biology for All   Conservation Biology for All If knowledge is power, global conservation just got a chance to bulk up big-time with the publication of Conservation Biology for All, a… Notable
The Forest Whisperer nbsp; Video The Forest Whisperer  
A Match Made in Heaven nbsp; Feature A Match Made in Heaven  
Sacred Oases nbsp; Photo Sacred Oases  
Hold the Fins   Hold the Fins As human population and resource demands soar, some novel approaches to conservation are beginning to emerge. One example is WildAid’s… Notable
Is Conservation Extinct? nbsp; Feature Is Conservation Extinct?  
Planet of the Insects nbsp; Infographic Planet of the Insects  
Where the Wild Things Are (or Aren’t) nbsp; Feature Where the Wild Things Are (or Aren’t)  
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