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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.

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 matter as extreme weather events become… Notable
The search for sustainable plastics nbsp; FeatureThe search for sustainable plastics  
What the “cold economy” means for a warming world nbsp; ArticleWhat the “cold economy” means for a warming world  
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. Exactly how different, and in what ways, is… Notable
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
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
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
The biggest source of plastic trash you’ve never heard of nbsp; FeatureThe biggest source of plastic trash you’ve never heard of  
Why geoengineering can be only part of the climate solution nbsp; VoicesWhy 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
Seasteading could be the answer to sustainably feeding 9 billion people nbsp; VoicesSeasteading could be the answer to sustainably feeding 9 billion people  
What works for worms  What works for worms Looking for inspiration for your innovation? The AskNature collection of National Geographic’s Great Nature Project could be a good… Notable
Tracking pollution at a personal level  Tracking pollution at a personal level Two big stories from 2014 were the amount of air pollution in cities, especially in China, and the rise of “wearables” and other personal… Notable
How semi trucks can save billions of gallons of fuel  How semi trucks can save billions of gallons of fuel Each year, over two million long-haul trucks crisscrossing America consume nearly 36 billion gallons of diesel fuel. Researchers at… Notable
Visualizing the stories data can tell nbsp; FeatureVisualizing the stories data can tell  
Climate resilience (with oysters)  Climate resilience (with oysters) Earth’s rising temperatures mean more glacier melt, sea-level rise and severe weather, and this translates to heightened threats for… Notable
The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement nbsp; ArticleThe man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement  
Sustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow nbsp; PhotoSustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow  
Well water win-win  Well water win-win Solve two problems with one filter? That’s what Drinkwell aims to do. Begun through a collaboration between researchers at Lehigh… Notable
A strategic approach to plastics  A strategic approach to plastics Plastic’s versatility renders it almost indispensable in today’s world, but plastic waste is a huge environmental burden. To make it… Notable
A New Generation of GMOs nbsp; FeatureA New Generation of GMOs  
Second Life for Shipping Waste nbsp; VideoSecond Life for Shipping Waste  
Not Such a Nutty Idea  Not Such a Nutty Idea It’s an unconventional question: What do you get when you mix coconut husk fibers and recycled plastics? The answer: A sustainable material… Notable
Nets That Save Fish nbsp; FeatureNets That Save Fish  
Can Ants Help Slow Climate Change?  Can Ants Help Slow Climate Change? Ants are mighty little creatures. They inhabit every continent on Earth except Antarctica. They can lift 10 to 50 times their body weight… Notable
A Smarter Solution to Smog  A Smarter Solution to Smog Last year, Beijing’s concentration of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) averaged nearly four times the World Health Organization’s… Notable
Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood nbsp; VoicesWhy Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood  
Chemicals Are Skin Deep  Chemicals Are Skin Deep Ever wonder if all those strange sounding ingredients in your shampoo, deodorant or lipstick are healthy or harmful for you and the… Notable
World of Solutions  World of Solutions In a world where climate disasters, pollution, and biodiversity loss dominate the news cycle, it’s easy to lose sight of the exciting… Notable
Climate Change up Close nbsp; FeatureClimate Change up Close  
After the Oil Spill nbsp; ArticleAfter the Oil Spill  
Using Water to Clean Water  Using Water to Clean Water Clean drinking water is a basic necessity, and figuring out more efficient ways to purify water will be more important than ever as we move… Notable
Z Is for Inspiration nbsp; FeatureZ Is for Inspiration  
Shrimp Shells to Plastic  Shrimp Shells to Plastic Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a revolutionary new alternative to… Notable
Connecting Health and Environment Data Dots  Connecting Health and Environment Data Dots Is there a link between hot, muggy weather and asthma? Will more or fewer people suffer fall-related sprains as cold-season climate warms… Notable
Biomimicry Goes To School nbsp; VideoBiomimicry Goes To School  
Why Rare Earth Recycling Is Rare (And What We Can Do About It) nbsp; FeatureWhy Rare Earth Recycling Is Rare (And What We Can Do About It)  
A Long-term Forecast  A Long-term Forecast The impacts of climate change are being felt around the world, but have you ever wondered how they might affect your neck of the woods? If… Notable
Screen for Safer Chemicals  Screen for Safer Chemicals Inventors and others who want to factor in environment and health as they formulate new chemicals or make policy or procurement decisions… Notable
Can Today’s Technology Save Us? nbsp; FeatureCan Today’s Technology Save Us?  
Growing Up  Growing Up If you’re in the market for a new place with a natural setting surrounded by lush vegetation and trees, you’re probably not looking at… Notable
We (Heart) Innovation  We (Heart) Innovation Do you like generating novel ideas? You can have fun thinking them up and put them to good use, too, as a participant in a Challenge Driven… Notable
The First Energy Technology nbsp; VoicesThe First Energy Technology  
Energy Savings in 3-D  Energy Savings in 3-D Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, is among the many world-saving ideas favored by techies, as well as by a… Notable
Making Light of Gravity  Making Light of Gravity Combine a weight, a rope, an LED, inspiration and some savvy crowdfunding, and what do you get? GravityLight. Developed by British… Notable
The Worth of a Tree  The Worth of a Tree Trees provide communities with many benefits: They offer energy-saving shade and shelter from wind, absorb carbon dioxide, create habitat… Notable
3-D Sustainability  3-D Sustainability Which is more environmentally friendly: purchasing mass-produced small plastic components or making your own using a 3-D printer? Michigan… Notable
Landscaping for Sustainability nbsp; ArticleLandscaping for Sustainability  
Power Walk  Power Walk Power generation is taking a green step forward. Street tiles that capture the kinetic energy of footsteps — to power lights, digital… Notable
New Window on Energy Savings nbsp; ArticleNew Window on Energy Savings  
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