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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.

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  
Reducing Food Waste — Naturally   Reducing Food Waste — Naturally Feeding a growing planet means getting food waste under control. With one-third of all food being wasted or lost, that’s no small task. But… Notable
Robert Bullard: The Father of Environmental Justice nbsp; Interview Robert Bullard: The Father of Environmental Justice  
How’s My Waterway?   How’s My Waterway? Want to know what the water quality is like in the lake down the street? What’s being dumped in the river at the edge of town? Or how your… Notable
Once You Know, There’s No Excuse nbsp; Voices Once You Know, There’s No Excuse  
Banned in Europe, Safe in the U.S. nbsp; Feature Banned in Europe, Safe in the U.S.  
Olinguitos and Geckos and Microbes, Oh My! nbsp; Photo Olinguitos and Geckos and Microbes, Oh My!  
Share and Share Alike   Share and Share Alike It’s one of the first lessons we learn as kids — sharing is the right thing to do. Now, a new study by marketing communications agency… Notable
The Value of Vultures nbsp; Voices The Value of Vultures  
Documenting Our Changing Coasts   Documenting Our Changing Coasts The U.S. Geological Survey appears to subscribe to the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words — and to the power of citizen… Notable
After the Oil Spill nbsp; Article After the Oil Spill  
The Front Line of Climate Change   The Front Line of Climate Change The impacts of climate change to America’s coasts have been well documented, but what about challenges already unfolding in remote inland… Notable
Peter Knights: Curbing the Demand for Wildlife nbsp; Interview Peter Knights: Curbing the Demand for Wildlife  
Counter-Car Culture   Counter-Car Culture Millennials have been labeled the Me Generation, the Facebook Generation and the Peter Pan Generation. But a recent survey funded by the… Notable
Solar’s Time to Rise and Shine nbsp; Feature Solar’s Time to Rise and Shine  
Start Your Electric Engines!   Start Your Electric Engines! What has a top speed of 270 kilometers per hour (167 mph) and doesn’t use a single drop of gasoline or diesel? The new Spark-Renault… Notable
Rising Seas nbsp; Video Rising Seas  
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
When It Comes to Risk, Everyone Needs to Be Heard nbsp; Voices When It Comes to Risk, Everyone Needs to Be Heard  
Z Is for Inspiration nbsp; Feature Z Is for Inspiration  
Resonate!   Resonate! The winners of the inaugural Resonate Awards were announced today at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif… Notable
Better for Biodiversity   Better for Biodiversity There is a long-standing sense that organic farms are better for biodiversity than are conventional farms. But how much better? The answer… Notable
Climate Solutions in Action   Climate Solutions in Action Earlier this week in an op-ed for this magazine, Cara Pike, founder and director of the Social Capital Project, welcomed the shift in the… Notable
This Website Will Make Your Head Spin   This Website Will Make Your Head Spin How many hectares of forest have been destroyed worldwide this year? How many bicycles have been built? How many days until the world runs… Notable
There’s Hope at the End of the World as We Know It nbsp; Voices There’s Hope at the End of the World as We Know It  
Getting Beyond Just Wheat, Corn and Rice nbsp; Feature Getting Beyond Just Wheat, Corn and Rice  
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
Haven in the Sky nbsp; Photo Haven in the Sky  
What’s the Future of Conservation?   What’s the Future of Conservation? Conservation has been at a crossroads for awhile now, with new approaches being tried that sometime clash with established ones. Writer… Notable
Eat ’Em to Beat ’Em nbsp; Article Eat ’Em to Beat ’Em  
Joseph Keefe: Sustainable Investing nbsp; Interview Joseph Keefe: Sustainable Investing  
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
Time to Take Ownership of the Anthropocene nbsp; Voices Time to Take Ownership of the Anthropocene  
Fight Against Blight nbsp; Feature Fight Against Blight  
12-Step Plan for Climate-Friendly Food   12-Step Plan for Climate-Friendly Food Twelve straightforward strategies could slash food-related greenhouse gas emissions 50 to 90 percent, says a report just released by… Notable
Tropical Wildlife Caught on Camera nbsp; Video Tropical Wildlife Caught on Camera  
Question the Norm nbsp; Voices Question the Norm  
Manufacturing Goes Lean and Green nbsp; Feature Manufacturing Goes Lean and Green  
Fish-friendly Dams   Fish-friendly Dams Imagine going from sea level to the top of Mount Everest in just a few seconds. That’s the type of pressure change most fish feel when they… Notable
Christine Bader: Conversation With a Corporate Idealist nbsp; Interview Christine Bader: Conversation With a Corporate Idealist  
When Spending Less on Green Energy Is Good   When Spending Less on Green Energy Is Good Can spending less on renewable energy be a good thing? It can if the reason is that renewables are becoming more affordable. Notable
Cultivating the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders nbsp; Voices Cultivating the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders  
One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make nbsp; Voices One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make  
Biomimicry Goes To School nbsp; Video Biomimicry Goes To School  
Pay Now or Pay More Later nbsp; Voices Pay Now or Pay More Later  
Model Behavior   Model Behavior You wouldn’t expect an MP3 player to play 8-track tapes, or the operating system from your first computer to run today’s software. Then why… Notable
Webby Awards   Webby Awards Ensia has been named an honoree in the Best Green Website category of the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s… Update
Mapping the Course nbsp; Voices Mapping the Course  
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