• Life amid the Levees
    Will the California Delta survive the pressures of a thirsty state?
    By Jacob Shea
  • Through a Glass, Brightly
    Exploring the wilderness above.
    By Jeremy Miller
  • A Fine Balance
    Scientists and the Haida people are restoring the natural and cultural landscapes of a remote park in Canada.
    By Carol Patterson
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Sarawak Is Worth Saving from Timber Barons and Palm Oil Tycoons

It’s time for Malaysia to listen to Indigenous communities and help preserve Borneo

I’m piled into the back of a 4x4 on my first trip to Sarawak, alongside my compadre and boss Jettie Word. We are barrelling down the road from Miri to Sungai Keluan — a strip of highway that can be described as…
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China’s Crackdown on Foreign Trash Forces US to Rethink Dependence on Overseas Waste Disposal

Ban on garbage imports could reshape global recycling markets

With holidays approaching, many of us are mindful of the need to collect and recycle all the additional plastic, paper, and other waste that we are about to generate. This year, however, there are questions about where that waste will end up.…
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When the Levee Breaks

Restoration work in the California Delta could be key to addressing state's water and climate challenges

From this vantage point, the deck of a cargo ship skims by above, beyond the fragile levee wall that holds back the mighty San Joaquin River. It passes effortlessly through the wide flat river that, due to the levee and the perspective,…
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Worst Fires in California’s History? Some Clarifications

Lack of defensible space around homes a major reason for extent of destruction, says wildfire ecologist

On Monday, journalist, author, and author and environmental activist Bill McKibben tweeted data from CalFire regarding the top 20 most destructive fires in California. He wrote: “Five of the twenty worst fires in CA history have come since September. Hot new world.” …
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Entering the Era of Border Walls

Climate change, global migration, and border enforcement are coming to an explosive head

When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate-change refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard…
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Why Are Elephants Getting Electrocuted in India?

Illegal electric fences on farms are a serious threat to the endangered animal

In May this year, a disturbing wildlife video from India began circulating on the Internet. It showed a dead elephant being carted off for an autopsy in a village in West Bengal in eastern India. The elephant had collapsed on a paddy…
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Voices

May Boeve
The co-founder of 350.org talks about why the climate movement needs radical change.
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Laura Bridgeman
Animal rights activist Laura Bridgeman writes about how a meeting with a dolphin changed the course of her life..
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Current Issue

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Six Ways of Seeing a Rhinoceros Auklet

We no longer know what to expect of our oceans.
By Eric Wagner

A Bumpy Ride

Guyana’s ambitious low-carbon development initiative has not had it easy.
By Erica Gies

Big Food and Public Health Don’t Mix

The very brands perceived as the purveyors of healthy, clean cuisine are peddling sugary drinks and processed foods that are the source of ill health.
By Anna Lappé

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