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The American Forests

An ode to the trees of the United States—and a plea to Uncle Sam to save them

Walking

The Walden author laments the encroachment of private ownership upon the wilderness.

The Force That Drives the Flower

The poet and essayist examines the universal impulse to grow and reproduce.

Global Warming: Who Loses—and Who Wins?

A guide to how we all might get along in a warming world

The Elusive Green Economy

an Obama succeed where Carter did not? Yes—but only if we’ve learned the lessons of three decades of failure.

. Victoria Loorz

An Inconvenient Lawsuit: Teenagers Take Global Warming to the Courts

Industry giants say their case is misguided. But that isn't stopping a group of high school students from using the legal system to make environmental demands. | Katherine Ellison


What's Actually Interesting About Covering Climate Change Reuters

What's Actually Interesting About Covering Climate Change

While climate change may be complex and difficult terrain, rediscovering our industrial infrastructure is compelling.

Our Bad: Historic Paper Ties Texas Droughts to Human-Caused Climate Change Reuters

Our Bad: Historic Paper Ties Texas Droughts to Human-Caused Climate Change

Texas is getting close to the point where it will require a miracle of global politics and coordination to avoid summers like 2011 in the future

A Data Visualization Maps 250 Years of Human Expansion Across the Planet anthropocene.info

A Data Visualization Maps 250 Years of Human Expansion Across the Planet

A video commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference promotes a stark environmental message.

The Environmental Case for Rappahannock Oysters Perennial Plate

The Environmental Case for Rappahannock Oysters

The Perennial Plate, a series about sustainable eating, checks out the effort to bring the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population back to historic levels.

Greening the Biggest Machine on the Planet Climate Desk

Greening the Biggest Machine on the Planet

To address climate change we need to improve the US electric grid.

The Coming Global Water Crisis Reuters

The Coming Global Water Crisis

What happens when demand for this essential resource starts exceeding supply in many parts of the world?

The Bike Effect: How 'Copenhagenization' Saves Time, Money, and Lives xddorox/flickr

The Bike Effect: How 'Copenhagenization' Saves Time, Money, and Lives

The many benefits of persuading drivers to commute on two wheels

Who Will Save Clean Energy? chaunceydavis818/flickr

Who Will Save Clean Energy?

Washington is waving the white flag on green

The Upside of Frankenfood: Can GM Crops Reduce Global Food Insecurity? Reuters

The Upside of Frankenfood: Can GM Crops Reduce Global Food Insecurity?

There are valid concerns about genetically modified agriculture, but it's worth balancing those against the needs of a hungry world.

America's Lucky Break With Natural Gas Reuters

America's Lucky Break With Natural Gas

Thanks to some geological luck, drilling in the United States is much cheaper than abroad.

This Futuristic Boat Just Circumnavigated the Globe on Solar Power Turanor PlanetSolar

This Futuristic Boat Just Circumnavigated the Globe on Solar Power

A pioneering ship proves a point about the possibilities of renewable energy.

The Perfect Milk Machine: How Big Data Transformed the Dairy Industry Reuters

The Perfect Milk Machine: How Big Data Transformed the Dairy Industry

New methods for understanding the link between genes and living things have helped quadruple the average cow's milk production since your parents were born.

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em: Florida's Invasive Iguanas Perennial Plate

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em: Florida's Invasive Iguanas

The Perennial Plate, a series about sustainable food, goes to Boca Grande, Florida, to meet the island's "Lizard Patrol." 

Inside the Political Brain Shutterstock

Inside the Political Brain

How we're built for bias in public life -- and why that makes it so hard to fix our irrational political structures.

Is Coal Doomed? Flickr

Is Coal Doomed?

America's using less and less, and exports might not be able to save the industry.

Spooky Glow-in-the-Dark Grass With an Environmental Message Luzinterruptus

Spooky Glow-in-the-Dark Grass With an Environmental Message

To call attention to issues of light pollution and the lack of green space in cities, Luzinterruptus, a street art collective in Spain, created an eerie sidewalk installation of "mutant weeds."  

How Apocalyptic Thinking Prevents Us from Taking Political Action The Day After Tomorrow

How Apocalyptic Thinking Prevents Us from Taking Political Action

While Americans take comfort in shows predicting disaster and myths about the end of the world, the real debate over climate change has stalled.

The Whole World: The Power of Seeing the Earth From Space NASA

The Whole World: The Power of Seeing the Earth From Space

In celebration of Earth Day, a collection of thoughts about how our planet looks from orbit

How Much Oil Is Really in the U.S.? Reuters

How Much Oil Is Really in the U.S.?

Obama has one answer. The Republicans have another. And both are wrong.

Apple and Greenpeace Trade Blows in Data-Center Grudge Match Garrett Fisher/Wired

Apple and Greenpeace Trade Blows in Data-Center Grudge Match

A look into the dispute over Apple's massive datacenter in North Carolina.

The Biggest Story in Photos

Hollywood Streets, 1979-1983

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The Atlantic Monthly

Secrets of the creative brain, inside the Lennon-McCartney collaboration, Afghanistan after Karzai, why cartoon mothers are all dead, and more