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

Three ways artificial intelligence is helping to save the world nbsp; Feature Three ways artificial intelligence is helping to save the world  
How can we reduce concrete’s hefty carbon footprint? nbsp; Article How can we reduce concrete’s hefty carbon footprint?  
From air conditioning to urban planning, defaults and standards create dysfunction by design nbsp; Feature From air conditioning to urban planning, defaults and standards create dysfunction by design  
How technology is making it easier to track fish from hook to fork nbsp; Article How technology is making it easier to track fish from hook to fork  
If we want a resilient world, we need to start with resilient data nbsp; Voices If we want a resilient world, we need to start with resilient data  
These companies are figuring out how to reduce the toxics in electronics nbsp; Feature These companies are figuring out how to reduce the toxics in electronics  
What Kenya’s biggest slum can teach us about saving cities from floods nbsp; Feature What Kenya’s biggest slum can teach us about saving cities from floods  
How can we create a less toxic world? nbsp; Voices How can we create a less toxic world?  
Are energy-saving settings bad for the environment? nbsp; Feature Are energy-saving settings bad for the environment?  
The environmental cost of moving all our stuff is huge. How can we shrink it? nbsp; Feature The environmental cost of moving all our stuff is huge. How can we shrink it?  
What does technology do to our relationship with the environment? nbsp; Feature What does technology do to our relationship with the environment?  
In the race to save species, GMOs are coming to nature nbsp; Feature In the race to save species, GMOs are coming to nature  
How to grow more food with less water nbsp; Feature How 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
The search for sustainable plastics nbsp; Feature The search for sustainable plastics  
What the “cold economy” means for a warming world nbsp; Article What 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… 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… 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… 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… Notable
The biggest source of plastic trash you’ve never heard of nbsp; Feature The biggest source of plastic trash you’ve never heard of  
Why geoengineering can be only part of the climate solution nbsp; Voices Why 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… Notable
Seasteading could be the answer to sustainably feeding 9 billion people nbsp; Voices Seasteading 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… 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… 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… Notable
Visualizing the stories data can tell nbsp; Feature Visualizing 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… Notable
The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement nbsp; Article The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement  
Sustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow nbsp; Photo Sustainia 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… 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… Notable
A New Generation of GMOs nbsp; Feature A New Generation of GMOs  
Second Life for Shipping Waste nbsp; Video Second 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… Notable
Nets That Save Fish nbsp; Feature Nets 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… 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… Notable
Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood nbsp; Voices Why 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… Notable
World of Solutions   World of Solutions In a world where climate disasters, pollution, and biodiversity loss dominate the news cycle, it’s… Notable
Climate Change up Close nbsp; Feature Climate Change up Close  
After the oil spill nbsp; Article After 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… Notable
What can an engineer learn from a eucalytpus? nbsp; Feature What can an engineer learn from a eucalytpus?  
Shrimp Shells to Plastic   Shrimp Shells to Plastic Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have… Notable
Biomimicry Goes To School nbsp; Video Biomimicry Goes To School  
Why Rare Earth Recycling Is Rare (And What We Can Do About It) nbsp; Feature Why 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… Notable
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