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How can land meet the needs of both humans and other living things? Land use can seem to be an "either-or" proposition: meet human needs or the needs of nature. As population and consumption grow, Ensia looks at how we can produce food and other goods while protecting natural systems.
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The global coronavirus pandemic has revealed cracks in the foundation of conventional conservation funding. What should we do instead?

With Covid-19 upending conventional sources of conservation funding, conservationists are rethinking how to fund their work.

Opinion: Seven strategies that offer hope for rainforests

Company policies, new technologies, innovative financing and more are brightening prospects for the tropical rainforests — but time is short.

In semi-arid Africa, farmers are transforming the “underground forest” into life-giving trees

Revitalization of a traditional agricultural practice known as farmer managed natural regeneration is bringing new life to millions of acres of degraded land while boosting food, fuel, habitat and carbon storage.

What a project in Wisconsin can teach others about working with farmers to reduce phosphorus runoff

Adoption of best management practices on farms near Green Bay, Wisconsin, could help answer nagging questions about how well these strategies work to reduce nutrient pollution.

Can we meet a growing need for food without destroying our environment?

An evolving concept called “sustainable intensification” aims to bridge the gap between conventional agriculture and organic farming

Garbage mining at Cedar Hills Regional Landfill

Why aren’t we mining landfills for valuable materials like metals and soil?

Many old dumps contain useful materials. Whether they’re worth extracting depends on how we value other benefits such as preventing pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

As hundreds of golf courses close, nature gets a chance to make a comeback

Bogeys may be gone, but birdies and eagles thrive as former greens and fairways are transformed into wild spaces.

How grizzlies, monarchs and even fish can benefit from U.S. highways

Roads often present peril for wildlife - but with good planning, they can benefit animals instead.

How a new way of thinking about soil sparked a national movement in agriculture

As word gets around that soil is alive, farmers have adopted a whole new attitude toward their land

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OPINION: We only have one Earth, so we better start taking care of it.

Clocks are ticking, and the only planet we have to live on is changing right before our eyes. What are we going to do about it?

OPINION: If Our Planet Had a Say, Here’s Where Future Roads Would Go

A new global ‘roadmap’ shows where to put roads for maximum benefit and least cost to the Earth.

Futuristic cafeteria tray with meat printer, crickets, chicken-free strips, mealworms and test tube burger

From insect larvae to vat burgers, alternatives to conventional meats are emerging around the world

Sensitized to the environmental costs of livestock, a new generation eyes options for changing our carnivorous ways.

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Getting beyond wheat, corn and rice

Some uncommon grains have environmental advantages that could be beneficial in a changing world. But making the uncommon common can be difficult.

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OPINION: Food + Energy = Crisis?

Bringing intensive farming practices to the developing world could help meet escalating food demand. But such practices need lots of energy — creating new challenges.

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