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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.

Coallercoaster: As U.S. coal production drops, international demand rises  Coallercoaster: As U.S. coal production drops, international demand rises According to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the number of new and… Notable
The number one thing each of us can do to protect biodiversity nbsp; VoicesThe number one thing each of us can do to protect biodiversity  
9 images of climate impacts and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest nbsp; Photo9 images of climate impacts and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest  
Does a place still have value if it is of no use to humans? nbsp; VoicesDoes a place still have value if it is of no use to humans?  
New study finds 20 percent of natural habitats at risk from future development  New study finds 20 percent of natural habitats at risk from future development Human population is expected to soar to between 9 and 10 billion by 2050, with a growing number of… Notable
Can nations reach a strong agreement at COP 21? nbsp; FeatureCan nations reach a strong agreement at COP 21?  
The complex nature of GMOs calls for a new conversation nbsp; VoicesThe complex nature of GMOs calls for a new conversation  
Chile establishes the largest marine protected area in the Americas  Chile establishes the largest marine protected area in the Americas Earlier today Chilean president Michelle Bachelet announced the formation of Nazca-Desventuradas… Notable
When planting trees does more harm than good  When planting trees does more harm than good Note to anyone who thinks planting trees is the bees’ knees: Grasslands are important, too. Notable
What will it take to integrate renewables into the power grid? Ask a bicyclist. nbsp; VoicesWhat will it take to integrate renewables into the power grid? Ask a bicyclist.  
When conservation means killing nbsp; ArticleWhen conservation means killing  
92-year-old “Bluebird Man” is the epitome of citizen science in action nbsp; Video92-year-old “Bluebird Man” is the epitome of citizen science in action  
Solar power is booming in India. Will it reach the people who need it most? nbsp; ArticleSolar power is booming in India. Will it reach the people who need it most?  
Can bats reduce nut farmers’ pesticide use? nbsp; FeatureCan bats reduce nut farmers’ pesticide use?  
Help keep water free of pharmaceuticals  Help keep water free of pharmaceuticals Recently journalist Elizabeth Grossman wrote about a troubling trend of pharmaceuticals being found… Notable
Want a more sustainable world? Let women lead the way. nbsp; VoicesWant a more sustainable world? Let women lead the way.  
Could these two environmental challenges be the answer to each other? nbsp; ArticleCould these two environmental challenges be the answer to each other?  
New study shines a light on bird loss due to illegal logging in Ghana  New study shines a light on bird loss due to illegal logging in Ghana The combination of legal and illegal logging in southwest Ghana’s tropical forests is having a… Notable
One by one, states are giving consumers the right to know about chemicals in products nbsp; FeatureOne by one, states are giving consumers the right to know about chemicals in products  
How big should urban green spaces be?  How big should urban green spaces be? With cities poised to add 2.5 billion more people by 2050, now is a perfect time to get strategic… Notable
When it comes to climate extremes, 1+1 equals more than 2  When it comes to climate extremes, 1+1 equals more than 2 Too often we humans consider things individually, as though anything in life happens in a vacuum… Notable
Surprising ways Kenyans are embracing climate-smart agriculture nbsp; VideoSurprising ways Kenyans are embracing climate-smart agriculture  
When it comes to the environment, minority communities care about more than injustice nbsp; VoicesWhen it comes to the environment, minority communities care about more than injustice  
Cities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance nbsp; FeatureCities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance  
Inviting nature indoors  Inviting nature indoors If you have a houseplant in your kitchen, a rock on your desk or a fountain in your workplace, you… Notable
Are schools teaching our children to waste food?  Are schools teaching our children to waste food? Food waste carries massive environmental, social and economic costs — so much that you’d think one… Notable
Phosphorus runoff is a big problem, but Florida is getting closer to a solution  Phosphorus runoff is a big problem, but Florida is getting closer to a solution Excess phosphorus runoff and emissions from urban areas and croplands, animal feedlots, sewage… Notable
A long-overdue burial for the population vs. consumption question nbsp; VoicesA long-overdue burial for the population vs. consumption question  
In the race to save species, GMOs are coming to nature nbsp; FeatureIn the race to save species, GMOs are coming to nature  
From the American prairie, a conservation success story nbsp; VideoFrom the American prairie, a conservation success story  
It’s time for the health care industry to raise its voice on climate change nbsp; VoicesIt’s time for the health care industry to raise its voice on climate change  
Are self-driving vehicles good for the environment? nbsp; FeatureAre self-driving vehicles good for the environment?  
Extreme Makeover: Photosynthesis Edition  Extreme Makeover: Photosynthesis Edition Plants are far better than humans at turning sunlight into food. But they’re not nearly as good as… Notable
The dangers of separating science and environment nbsp; VoicesThe dangers of separating science and environment  
The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low  The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low States hoping to increase their share of renewable energy to achieve the emissions reduction goals… Notable
What to do about the antidepressants, antibiotics and other drugs in our water nbsp; FeatureWhat to do about the antidepressants, antibiotics and other drugs in our water  
Sea-level rise and sinking land make deltas extremely vulnerable  Sea-level rise and sinking land make deltas extremely vulnerable In July 2014 we published a photo essay that highlighted the ecological and economic importance of… Notable
What role should humans play in returning forests to their natural state? nbsp; VideoWhat role should humans play in returning forests to their natural state?  
It’s time to invest in clean energy in Africa nbsp; VoicesIt’s time to invest in clean energy in Africa  
How to grow more food with less water nbsp; FeatureHow 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
Going to great heights to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity nbsp; VideoGoing to great heights to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity  
The search for sustainable plastics nbsp; FeatureThe search for sustainable plastics  
As we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen nbsp; FeatureAs we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen  
Getting all that wasted food to hungry people  Getting all that wasted food to hungry people More and more people are starting to get the message that the massive amount of food we waste in… Notable
8 charts and maps show why drought will be a growing challenge in the U.S. nbsp; Photo8 charts and maps show why drought will be a growing challenge in the U.S.  
What the “cold economy” means for a warming world nbsp; ArticleWhat the “cold economy” means for a warming world  
Let’s stop treating our soil like dirt nbsp; VoicesLet’s stop treating our soil like dirt  
Is organic farming climate friendly?  Is organic farming climate friendly? Think organic farming is climate friendly? You might want to think again. A study published… Notable
This remote region of India is becoming a model of climate resilience nbsp; VideoThis remote region of India is becoming a model of climate resilience  
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