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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.

Conservation Crime-Stoppers   Conservation Crime-Stoppers You’ve heard about the problem of environmental crime, from poaching to murder. Individuals interested in becoming part of the… Notable
Unacceptable Levels nbsp; Voices Unacceptable Levels  
Stop and Smell the Coral   Stop and Smell the Coral Marine protected areas are a popular way to try and combat the massive decline of coral reefs around the world, in part due to overfishing… Notable
Water Savers   Water Savers With record-breaking droughts, rising temperatures and more than half of the United States population living in cities with vulnerable… Notable
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
Sustainability: Time to Get in the Real Game nbsp; Voices Sustainability: Time to Get in the Real Game  
Zero Waste World nbsp; Feature Zero Waste World  
The Cost of Environmental Crime   The Cost of Environmental Crime For $200 billion, you could buy two International Space Stations, Facebook or Peru’s economy. But according to a new report from the United… Notable
Can Insects Feed A Hungry Planet? nbsp; Infographic Can Insects Feed A Hungry Planet?  
One Billion Devices   One Billion Devices Increasing standards of living mean more — literally hundreds of millions more — computers, cell phones and other electronic devices are… Notable
Ecosystems Are Not Machines nbsp; Voices Ecosystems Are Not Machines  
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 lift 10 to 50 times their body weight… Notable
What Climate Change Means for Your Coffee nbsp; Video What Climate Change Means for Your Coffee  
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; Voices Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood  
Biodiversity Detectives Solve Mysteries With Environmental DNA nbsp; Feature Biodiversity Detectives Solve Mysteries With Environmental DNA  
Fishing for a Solution   Fishing for a Solution As writer Rowan Jacobsen explores in our recent feature “Has Meat Met Its Match?,” animal agriculture’s hefty environmental footprint… Notable
Is 6 Percent The World’s Most Important Number? nbsp; Infographic Is 6 Percent The World’s Most Important Number?  
Have Your Steak and Eat It, Too   Have Your Steak and Eat It, Too In our recent feature, “Has Meat Met Its Match?,” writer Rowan Jacobsen explores ways people can (now and possibly in the future) reduce… Notable
Is sharing really green? nbsp; Voices Is sharing really green?  
Has Meat Met Its Match? nbsp; Feature Has Meat Met Its Match?  
Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits   Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits For many, sitting alone in a vehicle in a traffic jam on the way to work is a fact of life. But are there policies cities could consider to… Notable
What Is Natural Capital, Anyway? nbsp; Video What Is Natural Capital, Anyway?  
The Bright Side of the Megacity   The Bright Side of the Megacity Writing in Foreign Policy, journalist Jonathan Kalan argues that the media, environmentalists and non-governmental organizations focus too… Notable
The Secret to Real Sustainability nbsp; Voices The Secret to Real Sustainability  
Denmark’s Near-Zero-Waste Wonder nbsp; Article Denmark’s Near-Zero-Waste Wonder  
Playing It Cool   Playing It Cool On a hot, sunny day, dark roofs and pavements in Houston reach a smoldering 160 degrees. Startling facts like this spurred action at the… Notable
If a Tree Falls in a Virtual Forest… nbsp; Feature If a Tree Falls in a Virtual Forest…  
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
We Need Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids nbsp; Voices We Need Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids  
In Water We Trust nbsp; Feature In Water We Trust  
A Moving Study   A Moving Study As the world’s climate changes and severe weather events become more common one phenomenon of particular concern is human migration. How… Notable
Endangered Deltas nbsp; Photo Endangered Deltas  
Dying to Save the World nbsp; Feature Dying to Save the World  
The End of Sustainability nbsp; Voices The End of Sustainability  
The Emerging Power of Microgrids nbsp; Feature The Emerging Power of Microgrids  
Old News   Old News Be prepared: The world is not only getting more crowded, it’s also getting older. A recent Pew Research Center report looked at population… Notable
Endangered Elements nbsp; Voices Endangered Elements  
Visualizing Energy nbsp; Photo Visualizing Energy  
On the Road to SXSW Eco   On the Road to SXSW Eco Ensia is excited to be a supporter of SXSW Eco taking place in Austin, Texas October 6–8. The first round of sessions was just announced… Update
Andrew Winston: Business in the Age of Climate Change nbsp; Interview Andrew Winston: Business in the Age of Climate Change  
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
A Path Forward for International Climate Talks nbsp; Voices A Path Forward for International Climate Talks  
Climate Change up Close nbsp; Feature Climate Change up Close  
Getting Wind Energy off the Ground   Getting Wind Energy off the Ground When it comes to wind power, the sky isn’t the limit — it’s the opportunity. Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research… Notable
Soaring With … Vultures? nbsp; Video Soaring With … Vultures?  
Corporations Are the Only Thing That Can Save the World nbsp; Voices Corporations Are the Only Thing That Can Save the World  
Here Comes the Megacity   Here Comes the Megacity Earlier this week, in the second installment of our Envision 2050 series, in which experts from around the world describe their ideal for… Notable
Envision 2050: The Future of Cities nbsp; Feature Envision 2050: The Future of Cities  
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