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Tackling cities’ hidden climate footprint   Tackling cities’ hidden climate footprint When it comes to climate change, a city’s significance stretches past its skyline. Notable
Which diet makes best use of farmland? You might be surprised.   Which diet makes best use of farmland? You might be surprised. Editor’s note: This piece was produced in collaboration with the academic journal Elementa. It is… Notable
What does climate change mean for America’s $73 billion angling industry?   What does climate change mean for America’s $73 billion angling industry? Inland fish play critical roles in North American ecosystems and economics: In the U.S. alone in… Notable
A call to conserve crops’ wild cousins   A call to conserve crops’ wild cousins Wild cousins aren’t always appreciated at family gatherings. But when it comes to crops, the… Notable
Northern shipping: Is the anticipated climate boost a bust?   Northern shipping: Is the anticipated climate boost a bust? Editor’s note: This piece was produced in collaboration with the academic journal Elementa. It is… Notable
Imagine a podcast from a federal agency. Then listen to this.   Imagine a podcast from a federal agency. Then listen to this. The U.S. Department of Energy just jumped on the podcast train — and what it’s bringing on… Notable
Is biodiversity the best medicine?   Is biodiversity the best medicine? Forget laughter: Biodiversity could be the best medicine, at least when it comes to keeping plants… Notable
Five lessons for universities hoping to shape a more sustainable world   Five lessons for universities hoping to shape a more sustainable world Editor’s note: This piece is published in collaboration with the academic journal Elementa. It is… Notable
Even local warming perceptions are colored by ideology   Even local warming perceptions are colored by ideology Worsening wildfires endanger communities. Invasive insects imperil forests. In the American West… Notable
How CRISPR Works   How CRISPR Works Back in 2011, Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist and molecular biologist at the University of… Notable
New study finds recycled phosphorus could fertilize 100 percent of U.S. corn   New study finds recycled phosphorus could fertilize 100 percent of U.S. corn The world has a problem. A phosphorus problem. Notable
Top trends conservationists should be paying attention to — but aren’t   Top trends conservationists should be paying attention to — but aren’t Artificial intelligence, testosterone and ship tracking technology probably aren’t on many… Notable
10 ways to build more sustainable cities   10 ways to build more sustainable cities As global population grows, urban population is growing even faster — with 2.5 billion more city… Notable
With a stormy future ahead, study offers new tools for managing runoff   With a stormy future ahead, study offers new tools for managing runoff These two words might make you sleepy: stormwater management. But they should make you scared. Notable
New climate talk model suggests more strategy means more catastrophe   New climate talk model suggests more strategy means more catastrophe With the Paris climate negotiations just two weeks away, we’ll soon see if the world can agree on a… Notable
New study assesses the global volume and distribution of “modern” groundwater   New study assesses the global volume and distribution of “modern” groundwater Groundwater has long been an important resource for irrigation, drinking water, energy production… Notable
What really drives water vulnerability   What really drives water vulnerability Whether people have the water they need depends on how much water there is and how much demand… Notable
Coallercoaster: As U.S. coal production drops, international demand rises   Coallercoaster: As U.S. coal production drops, international demand rises According to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the number of new and… Notable
New study finds 20 percent of natural habitats at risk from future development   New study finds 20 percent of natural habitats at risk from future development Human population is expected to soar to between 9 and 10 billion by 2050, with a growing number of… Notable
Chile establishes the largest marine protected area in the Americas   Chile establishes the largest marine protected area in the Americas Earlier today Chilean president Michelle Bachelet announced the formation of Nazca-Desventuradas… Notable
When planting trees does more harm than good   When planting trees does more harm than good Note to anyone who thinks planting trees is the bees’ knees: Grasslands are important, too. Notable
Help keep water free of pharmaceuticals   Help keep water free of pharmaceuticals Recently journalist Elizabeth Grossman wrote about a troubling trend of pharmaceuticals being found… Notable
New study shines a light on bird loss due to illegal logging in Ghana   New study shines a light on bird loss due to illegal logging in Ghana The combination of legal and illegal logging in southwest Ghana’s tropical forests is having a… Notable
How big should urban green spaces be?   How big should urban green spaces be? With cities poised to add 2.5 billion more people by 2050, now is a perfect time to get strategic… Notable
When it comes to climate extremes, 1+1 equals more than 2   When it comes to climate extremes, 1+1 equals more than 2 Too often we humans consider things individually, as though anything in life happens in a vacuum… Notable
Inviting nature indoors   Inviting nature indoors If you have a houseplant in your kitchen, a rock on your desk or a fountain in your workplace, you… Notable
Are schools teaching our children to waste food?   Are schools teaching our children to waste food? Food waste carries massive environmental, social and economic costs — so much that you’d think one… Notable
Phosphorus runoff is a big problem, but Florida is getting closer to a solution   Phosphorus runoff is a big problem, but Florida is getting closer to a solution Excess phosphorus runoff and emissions from urban areas and croplands, animal feedlots, sewage… Notable
Extreme Makeover: Photosynthesis Edition   Extreme Makeover: Photosynthesis Edition Plants are far better than humans at turning sunlight into food. But they’re not nearly as good as… Notable
The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low   The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low States hoping to increase their share of renewable energy to achieve the emissions reduction goals… Notable
Sea-level rise and sinking land make deltas extremely vulnerable   Sea-level rise and sinking land make deltas extremely vulnerable In July 2014 we published a photo essay that highlighted the ecological and economic importance of… Notable
Is our ability to predict floods drying up?   Is our ability to predict floods drying up? The ability to anticipate floods and mobilize a timely response — increasingly a life-and-death… Notable
Getting all that wasted food to hungry people   Getting all that wasted food to hungry people More and more people are starting to get the message that the massive amount of food we waste in… Notable
Is organic farming climate friendly?   Is organic farming climate friendly? Think organic farming is climate friendly? You might want to think again. A study published… Notable
How to protect sharks and humans at the same time   How to protect sharks and humans at the same time In case you somehow missed it, Shark Week has once again descended upon us. The annual summer… Notable
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll read this under a tree   If you know what’s good for you, you’ll read this under a tree You’ve probably noticed how being around trees, grass and flowers can make you feel better… Notable
Environmental restoration is big business   Environmental restoration is big business Think environmental protection hurts business? You just might want to think again. In a study… Notable
Previous elephant killing spots offer clues to stem future deaths   Previous elephant killing spots offer clues to stem future deaths This morning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held an “ivory crush” event in Times Square in New… Notable
We’ll cross that bridge when we … nevermind   We’ll cross that bridge when we … nevermind Climate science tells us future weather is going to be dramatically different than it is today… Notable
POLITICO takes a hard look at the future of energy   POLITICO takes a hard look at the future of energy In 2007, the investigative news site POLITICO launched and quickly became a go-to source for news… Notable
How old will you be when the oil runs out?   How old will you be when the oil runs out? Think environmental change happens too slowly to matter to your lifetime? “Your Life on… Notable
The market incentives that are keeping trees standing in Brazil   The market incentives that are keeping trees standing in Brazil And now for some good news: It looks like some market-driven agreements around beef production in… Notable
A win for farmers and the environment   A win for farmers and the environment Is it possible to reduce pesticide use without compromising crop yields? Yes — and then some… Notable
The 11 most important forests in the world   The 11 most important forests in the world You might not think of eastern Australia as one of the hot spots of global deforestation. But it… Notable
Say what you mean   Say what you mean There may be no more important documents being produced today for governments, policy makers and… Notable
46 million tons of trash — or treasure?   46 million tons of trash — or treasure? When we think of e-waste, we tend to think of phones, computers, printers and the like. But… Notable
Better photosynthesis for a better world?   Better photosynthesis for a better world? There’s no question that plants are better than most other life forms at converting carbon dioxide… Notable
Shining light on environmental injustice   Shining light on environmental injustice In some places “fighting for the environment” means writing letters to elected officials or… Notable
How do those plants do that?   How do those plants do that? It will come as no surprise to Ensia readers that nature has a lot of answers we could use to solve… Notable
Air pollution impacts brain development before birth   Air pollution impacts brain development before birth A study published today in JAMA Psychology outlines the negative impacts of prenatal exposure to… Notable
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