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Taking Your First Steps Into Local Climate Action

Yes, yes—it can feel daunting. The climate crisis is more urgent than it's ever been. Some days we feel like we're making good progress, when we hear …

Climate

'Eating Animals' Drives Home Where Our Food Really Comes From

It started with a call from actress and animal rights activist Natalie Portman to author Jonathan Safran Foer. The latter had recently taken a break …

Agriculture

A Ghanaian Chef Feeding His Country and Combating Food Waste

Ghanaian chef Elijah Amoo Addo is on a mission to feed his nation on the excesses the food industry creates. Since 2012, he has been collecting …

Agriculture

Hunting, Fishing Cause Dramatic Decline in Amazon River Dolphins

By Claire Asher<p>Populations of two species of river dolphin in the Amazon are halving every decade, according to the results of a twenty-two year …

Biodiversity

'Historic First': Nebraska Farmers Return Land to Ponca Tribe in Effort to Block Keystone XL

By Jessica Corbett<p>In a move that could challenge the proposed path of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline—and acknowledges the U.S. government's long …

Environment

Sustainable Fashion Innovator Makes Fiber From Pineapple Leaves

In 1960, 97 percent of the fibers used in clothing came from natural materials. Today that number has fallen to 35 percent. But sustainable fashion …

Sustainability

Chair of Senate Environment Panel to Call Scott Pruitt to Testify on Scandals

The Republican chairman of the Senate committee with oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to call the agency's embattled …

Scott Pruitt

Senate’s Farm Bill Moves Forward—But What Is It, Anyway?

By Shannan Lenke Stoll<p>The Senate Agriculture Committee just passed its version of a farm bill in a 20-1 vote Thursday. It's one more step in what has …

Farming

There’s Now an App for Mapping Seagrass, the Oceans’ Great Carbon Sink

The launch of an online crowdsourcing database for seagrass hopes to breathe new life into efforts to conserve the underwater flowering plants, which …

Conservation

Senate Committee Moves to Force Public Disclosure of Drinking Water Contamination

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill Thursday that includes report language requiring the Trump administration to release a key …

Senate Committees

South Dakota High Court Blocks Bid to Halt Keystone XL

The South Dakota Supreme Court disappointed an attempt by Native American tribes and state activists to block the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday, …

South Dakota

'Fish Fights' Could Erupt as Climate Change Drives Species Across Borders

A study published in Science on Friday warned that climate change could spark global conflict over an unexpected resource: fish.<p>As waters warm, fish …

British Columbia

Starbucks Urged to Cut Ties With Hong Kong Chain That Still Serves Shark Fin

Starbucks is being pressured to cut ties with popular Hong Kong restaurant chain Maxim's Caterers Limited over its offering of dishes with shark …

Hong Kong

Samsung Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2020

Samsung Electronics announced Thursday an aim to source 100 percent renewable energy for its energy used in all of its factories, office buildings …

Renewable Energy

Toxic Leftovers From Giant Mine Found in Snowshoe Hares

By Som Niyogi and Solomon Amuno<p>Even though it was closed decades ago, the Giant Mine on the outskirts of Yellowknife has left a long environmental …

Pollution

Eco-Friendly Sneaker Startup Fights Fast Fashion With 85 Percent Lower Carbon Footprint

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Carbon Footprint

The World Cup of Climate Change

By Tan Copsey and Bridgette Burkholder<p>The World Cup starts today, when billions of people around the world are expected to tune in to the greatest …

Costa Rica

Global Warming to Exceed 1.5°C Threshold by 2040, UN Draft Report Warns

A final draft report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says only "rapid and far-reaching" changes in the …

Climate Change

5 Best Indoor Office Plants—and How to Care for Them

By Andrew Amelinckx<p>Having a plant or two in your office can really brighten up your space. Studies have found that keeping plants at the office leads …

Plants

Hawaii Bans Use of Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

By Andrew Amelinckx<p>Having a plant or two in your office can really brighten up your space. Studies have found that keeping plants at the office leads …

Plants

10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

Each year, almost 1.2 billion people travel abroad, making travel and tourism one of the largest industries in the world. Representing a whopping 10 …

Sustainability

Antarctic Ice Melt Has Tripled in Five Years​

Ice melt in Antarctica has tripled in the last five years, according to the most comprehensive assessment of the state of South Pole ice to date, …

Antarctica

Judge Orders EPA to Comply With Clean Air Act in Ozone Lawsuit

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to fight air pollution entering New York and Connecticut from …

Clean Air Act

Global Carbon Emissions on the Rise Again Due to Coal Comeback

Global carbon dioxide emissions from energy use increased 1.6 percent in 2017 following three years of stagnation, according to a new report from …

Fossil Fuels

Depression and the Healing Desert

By Jana Richman<p><i>In a dark time, the eye begins to see.</i><p>Theodore Roethke<p>It slips in quietly. A hint of terseness marks his voice, an opaque film covers …

Salt Lake City

Take Climate Action By Transforming Your Lawn With Edible Landscaping

What have you done for me lately?<p>The one-and-only Janet Jackson once asked that question of a bad boyfriend. But lately, we've been wondering the …

Gardening

Large Wildfires Scorch Forests in Drought-Stricken Southwest

A number of wildfires are currently ablaze in the Western U.S. as severe drought envelops much of the region.<p>The 416 Fire in Colorado, which has …

Forests

Old, Fat Fish Have the Most Offspring, Sustainability Study Finds

By Annie Roth<p>It might seem smart to eat the big fish and throw the little ones back. But a recent study in the journal Science says just the …

Biodiversity

World Cup Touts 'More Sustainable Stadiums' But Some Were Built on Rare Wildlife Habitats

When the World Cup kicks off in Russia Thursday, it will be the first World Cup whose stadiums were required by the Fédération Internationale de …

Habitats

DNC to Ban Fossil Fuel Company Donations

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) voted unanimously over the weekend to no longer accept campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies, …

Fossil Fuels