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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.

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  
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  
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