To Become a Better Tourist, Aim for Slowness and Imperfection
The most rewarding travel experiences leave room for the unexpected — and genuinely benefit communities.
Barcelona’s ‘Bold Strategy’ to Quell the Tourism Crisis
The Catalan city is making big moves to get visitation and its impacts under control — and other European destinations are taking action, too.
Wind Power’s Explosive Growth Is Blowing Past Green Energy Goals
The production of wind energy keeps breaking records, and its potential for expansion is as wide as the oceans.
With Green Prescriptions, Getting Healthier Is a Walk in the Park
From “forest bathing” to clinically prescribed time in national parks, a growing medical movement is sending patients back to nature, with remarkable results.
Uganda’s Communal Food ‘Epicenters’ Aim to End Hunger Forever
Pushing past the conventional food aid model, a regenerative farming system offers a recipe for success — and self-reliance.
The Ancient ‘Wonder Material’ Sucking CO2 Out of the Atmosphere
Though public awareness is low, some scientists believe “biochar” is quietly becoming the world’s first major carbon removal success story.
How India’s First ‘Green Village’ Turned Hunters Into Conservationists
In Khonoma, traditional knowledge has led to a boom in ecotourism and sustainable cultivation practices.
The Slum-Inspired Apartment Complex Designed by Its Own Residents
In Jakarta, a building for evicted slum-dwellers has alcoves for hawking goods, stairs designed for cross-floor conversation and gardens to grow your own food.
‘Dead’ Electric Car Batteries Find a Second Life Powering Cities
What do you do with old EV batteries that are too weak to run a car? Connect them by the hundreds to power vital urban infrastructure.
An ‘Unsexy’ System for Greening Fashion That Actually Works
Forget pants made of car tires — to truly make fashion more sustainable, a collaboration between dozens of brands is slashing the industry’s carbon footprint.
What Black Jello Says About the Power of Small Enterprise
Targeted support for local products — no matter how strange — can drive down poverty rates.
Cities Take on a New Front in the Climate Battle: Meat Eating
From Buenos Aires to L.A., there’s a growing consensus that serious climate action means getting citizens to change one very popular habit.
Helsinki Built a Library That Brings a Whole City Together
In a country where half of all citizens visit the library every month, Oodi Library provides a blueprint for fostering human convergence.
A Building Material That Consumes CO2 Has Finally Come to the US
A false association with drugs that banned ‘hempcrete’ from the US residential building code has been lifted, paving the way for widespread use.
Our Solar Powered Future Is Already China’s Reality
No other country’s green transition approaches the scale of China’s, where a world powered by the sun is quickly taking shape.
Beneath This Sea, a Sculpture Garden Is Saving an Ecosystem
The Mediterranean is the world’s most overfished sea — and a proving ground for how art can elevate conservation.
Japan’s ‘Zero Waste’ Village Is a Model for Small-Town Sustainability
In Kamikatsu, recycling isn’t just an environmental imperative — it’s the glue that unifies a community.
Incarcerated People Are Saving a Disappearing Plant
Hundreds of prisoners across eight states are helping a threatened species thrive while growing a little bit themselves.
Evanston, Illinois Is the First City to Offer Reparations to Black Residents
In “an extraordinarily commendable first step,” families whose descendants experienced housing discrimination can receive $25,000.
What Happened When France Sent Low-Income Kids to Wealthy Schools
Bussing disadvantaged students to top-notch public schools has led to higher grades, lower drop-out rates and a call for more integration.
What Birth Control for Men Will Change, and What It Might Not
Society has come a long way in expecting men to share reproductive responsibility, but those who could benefit most might not get access.
Meet the ‘Future Generations’ Commissioner of Wales
Sophie Howe has one job: make sure her country’s policies benefit citizens who haven’t been born yet.
Meet the ‘Cultural Mediators’ Who Help Refugees in Germany
For thousands of refugees, integrating in Germany is made easier by a local mentor.
Liberia’s Beekeepers Harness the Power of Simplicity
“Once you have the skills to build one beehive, you can make 100.”
How Norway Popularized an Ultra-Sustainable Heating Method
No other country has more heat pumps per capita, a cheap, highly efficient tool to keep homes warm — and carbon footprints small.
France Is Freeing Fruit and Veg from Its Plastic Prison
Under a new law, a large portion of the country’s produce will no longer be sold in single-use plastic containers.
‘Community Ownership’ Might Be the Best Way to Fight Deforestation
When forests are managed by the people who live in them, conservation tends to follow.
Could Low-Carbon Trains Cure Europe’s Flying Addiction?
A new generation of sleeper cars and short-haul routes are helping railways compete against discount airlines.
Returning 600,000 Acres to Nature, One Piece at a Time
As homeowners, churches and even railway operators “rewild” their land, biodiversity is flocking back to England’s East Anglia region.
France’s ‘Peevolution’ Is Irrigating Farms With Liquid Gold
A century ago, Paris recycled half of its urine. Today, it’s being used as a high-grade fertilizer once again.
Ancient Farming Techniques Are Climate-Proofing Today’s Agriculture
In the Bolivian Andes, the low-water growing practices used by Mayans and Aztecs are making a comeback.
How Bogotá’s Waste Pickers Reinvented Their Jobs for a Modern City
As waste collection gets professionalized, the people who keep Bogotá clean and green are making sure they’re not left behind.
Ask Me Anything! Our New Contributing Editor Peter Yeung
What makes Paris special? Any tips for learning French? You asked, Peter answered.
No Smoking — Ever? New Zealand’s Plan to Stub Out Cigarettes
In an era of decriminalization, a proposal to phase in a total ban has some harm-reduction advocates scratching their heads.
In Paris, More Student Diversity Means Less Private School Flight
An experiment in shuffling kids from school to school saw more families stick with the public system.