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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.

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
When Spending Less on Green Energy Is Good   When Spending Less on Green Energy Is Good Can spending less on renewable energy be a good thing? It can if the reason is that renewables are becoming more affordable. Notable
Food + Energy = Crisis? nbsp; Voices Food + Energy = Crisis?  
Fixing Palm Oil’s Other Climate Threat nbsp; Voices Fixing Palm Oil’s Other Climate Threat  
Oceans of Energy nbsp; Feature Oceans of Energy  
The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar nbsp; Photo The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar  
From Grid Waste to Good Taste nbsp; Article From Grid Waste to Good Taste  
Rays of Hope   Rays of Hope It’s hard to imagine a place where solar power makes more sense than in communities in sun-drenched countries that are not yet connected to… Notable
Instant Oil   Instant Oil For years algae-to-oil biofuels have been too expensive to compete with fossil fuels, but a new breakthrough may be a game-changer… Notable
Backyard Nuclear?   Backyard Nuclear? Except for those pesky safety issues, nuclear energy has a lot going for it — a small carbon footprint, minimal air pollution, a plentiful… Notable
Energy in Motion   Energy in Motion The same source of electricity that makes a spark jump from your finger to the doorknob on a dry day is gearing up to power smartphones… Notable
U.S. Solar Shines Bright In 2013 nbsp; Infographic U.S. Solar Shines Bright In 2013  
Could Power Plants Help Solve the Climate Problem? nbsp; Voices Could Power Plants Help Solve the Climate Problem?  
Cool Roofs Rising nbsp; Article Cool Roofs Rising  
Not About Money   Not About Money You might think putting a price tag on energy would help motivate people to trim their use. Not so, says a UCLA study that looked at the… Notable
Taming Aviation’s Impact nbsp; Feature Taming Aviation’s Impact  
Making Bigger Better   Making Bigger Better Larger animals are more energy efficient than smaller ones — a phenomenon known as Kleiber’s Law — and it’s long been assumed that cities… Notable
The Solution Will Be Televised nbsp; Video The Solution Will Be Televised  
Air Conditioning Is Not the Enemy nbsp; Voices Air Conditioning Is Not the Enemy  
The Bridge to Zero Carbon nbsp; Voices The Bridge to Zero Carbon  
Why Not Burn Waste? nbsp; Voices Why Not Burn Waste?  
Energy Efficiency: Beware of Overpromises nbsp; Voices Energy Efficiency: Beware of Overpromises  
Top Models   Top Models Is your city taking steps to prepare for a changing climate and related extreme weather events? The International Council for Local… Notable
A Market-friendly Approach to Energy nbsp; Voices A Market-friendly Approach to Energy  
Breaking the Solar Logjam nbsp; Feature Breaking the Solar Logjam  
Elusive Efficiency nbsp; Feature Elusive Efficiency  
New Spin on Hydropower nbsp; Feature New Spin on Hydropower  
Solar Power Is Inevitable nbsp; Voices Solar Power Is Inevitable  
May Boeve: Changing Climate Change nbsp; Interview May Boeve: Changing Climate Change  
Peggy Liu: Supplying Global Energy Needs with Renewables nbsp; Interview Peggy Liu: Supplying Global Energy Needs with Renewables  
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