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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.

Antarctica is changing rapidly. Meet the researchers working at the edge of the world. nbsp; Video Antarctica is changing rapidly. Meet the researchers working at the edge of the world.  
“Novel ecosystems” are a Trojan horse for conservation nbsp; Voices “Novel ecosystems” are a Trojan horse for conservation  
The Southwest’s most important number nbsp; Feature The Southwest’s most important number  
Seeds of change in sub-Saharan Africa   Seeds of change in sub-Saharan Africa In the late 1900s, as per-acre grain yields moved to 3 metric tons per hectare in South and Southeast Asia and Latin America, 5 metric tons… Notable
Saving Morocco’s endangered Barbary macaques nbsp; Photo Saving Morocco’s endangered Barbary macaques  
The leading cause of death in developing countries might surprise you nbsp; Voices The leading cause of death in developing countries might surprise you  
Can big data save the last of India’s wild tigers? nbsp; Feature Can big data save the last of India’s wild tigers?  
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
Envision 2050: The future of protected areas nbsp; Feature Envision 2050: The future of protected areas  
Suburban sprawl doesn’t have to be ecologically devastating nbsp; Feature Suburban sprawl doesn’t have to be ecologically devastating  
What’s the most important measure of success?   What’s the most important measure of success? As 2014 comes to a close and we prepare to celebrate Ensia’s second anniversary this coming February, I wanted to take a moment to reflect… Update
9 reasons not to be depressed about the planet nbsp; Voices 9 reasons not to be depressed about the planet  
Wilderness protection and the art of compromise nbsp; Feature Wilderness protection and the art of compromise  
We must hear — and heed — the nightingale’s warning nbsp; Voices We must hear — and heed — the nightingale’s warning  
Our top 10 stories of 2014 nbsp; Article Our top 10 stories of 2014  
How do you solve a problem like plastic pollution? nbsp; Infographic How do you solve a problem like plastic pollution?  
Thought for food   Thought for food How on Earth are we going to figure out how to feed the 9.5 billion people who will be inhabiting this planet by 2050? Perhaps by looking… Notable
Debbie Dooley: Making the Tea Party — and America — a little greener nbsp; Interview Debbie Dooley: Making the Tea Party — and America — a little greener  
Here’s a better way to spend the UN’s $100B Green Climate Fund nbsp; Voices Here’s a better way to spend the UN’s $100B Green Climate Fund  
Visualizing the stories data can tell nbsp; Feature Visualizing the stories data can tell  
Another source of methane release   Another source of methane release Mary Kang wasn’t even originally looking at methane emissions. The Princeton doctoral candidate was trying to get to the bottom of another… Notable
Building the new environmentalism nbsp; Voices Building the new environmentalism  
Here’s a way to pay for a healthier planet nbsp; Feature Here’s a way to pay for a healthier planet  
Saving the rainforest and tapirs in Nicaragua nbsp; Video Saving the rainforest and tapirs in Nicaragua  
Taking the pressure off desalination   Taking the pressure off desalination California-based PAX Pure hopes to offer a new solution to water scarcity with its groundbreaking water purification tool. Developed by Jay… Notable
Sustainability requires that we learn to embrace change, not fight it nbsp; Voices Sustainability requires that we learn to embrace change, not fight it  
The end and beginning of the Arctic nbsp; Feature The end and beginning of the Arctic  
Gaia Vince: Searching for solutions nbsp; Interview Gaia Vince: Searching for solutions  
Palm oil: not the evil we think it is nbsp; Voices Palm oil: not the evil we think it is  
Can medicinal plants alleviate poverty and protect Nepal’s fragile environment? nbsp; Article Can medicinal plants alleviate poverty and protect Nepal’s fragile environment?  
Treating environmental crime like other crime   Treating environmental crime like other crime The illegal exportation of waste throughout the European Union, the trafficking of endangered species, and surface-water pollution were all… Notable
Tracking the fate of ancient carbon in the Siberian Arctic nbsp; Photo Tracking the fate of ancient carbon in the Siberian Arctic  
If a tree falls in the supply chain …   If a tree falls in the supply chain … Forests provide habitat for over half of the world’s terrestrial plant and animal species, mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon… Notable
New life for the artificial leaf? nbsp; Feature New life for the artificial leaf?  
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  
To feed the world in 2050 we have to change course nbsp; Voices To feed the world in 2050 we have to change course  
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; Article The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement  
Looking for a solid investment? How about conservation?   Looking for a solid investment? How about conservation? Between 2009 and 2013, impact investors poured close to $23 billion into conservation projects such as water quantity and quality… Notable
Can sports make sustainability mainstream? nbsp; Voices Can sports make sustainability mainstream?  
How did palm oil become such a problem — and what can we do about it? nbsp; Feature How did palm oil become such a problem — and what can we do about it?  
This infographic shows why renewable energy is here to stay nbsp; Infographic This infographic shows why renewable energy is here to stay  
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?  
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 collaboration between researchers at Lehigh… Notable
Divestiture is nothing but a distraction nbsp; Voices Divestiture is nothing but a distraction  
The vaults in this bank hold something more precious than money nbsp; Video The vaults in this bank hold something more precious than money  
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