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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.

Seasteading could be the answer to sustainably feeding 9 billion people nbsp; Voices Seasteading could be the answer to sustainably feeding 9 billion people  
What works for worms   What works for worms Looking for inspiration for your innovation? The AskNature collection of National Geographic’s Great Nature Project could be a good… Notable
Grounded: Why soil matters to the health of the planet and us nbsp; Infographic Grounded: Why soil matters to the health of the planet and us  
What are we doing to our children’s brains? nbsp; Feature What are we doing to our children’s brains?  
Which coffee do birds like best?   Which coffee do birds like best? When it comes to shade-grown coffee, “there is shade and there is shade,” says University of Utah biologist Çağan Şekercioğlu. At least for… Notable
A clash of lives and livelihoods: small mines and water quality in India nbsp; Video A clash of lives and livelihoods: small mines and water quality in India  
Conservation is complicated, and all approaches need to be on the table nbsp; Voices Conservation is complicated, and all approaches need to be on the table  
Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future? nbsp; Article Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future?  
Climate resiliency with termite mounds   Climate resiliency with termite mounds What do termites have to do with climate change? Potentially a lot, according to research recently published in Science (subscription… Notable
Is pH a red herring when it comes to ocean acidification? nbsp; Article Is pH a red herring when it comes to ocean acidification?  
M. Sanjayan: Nature and humans, together again nbsp; Interview M. Sanjayan: Nature and humans, together again  
Peak (almost) everything   Peak (almost) everything The concept of resource use peaking and then declining first gained ground in the 1950s when M. King Hubbert projected the arrival of peak… Notable
Last tango for nuclear? nbsp; Feature Last tango for nuclear?  
“We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming.” nbsp; Article “We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming.”  
Aviation is the key to reducing climate emissions nbsp; Voices Aviation is the key to reducing climate emissions  
Climate change mitigation’s best-kept secret nbsp; Feature Climate change mitigation’s best-kept secret  
New survey highlights global sustainability opportunities   New survey highlights global sustainability opportunities A recent survey of over 6,000 public and private sector leaders in 21 countries reveals strong confidence in sustainable growth… Notable
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  
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