Climate + Environment
Counting Bugs to Save Birds
As the western US struggles to save the greater sage grouse, one researcher is proving that insects can play a powerful role.
Generating Life on the Baja Peninsula, One Mangrove at a Time
Meet the couple tirelessly planting desert mangroves — and helping to restore a valuable carbon sink.
The Legendary Ocean Explorer Protecting ‘Hope Spots’ Around the World
Sylvia Earle, a pioneer of both deep sea diving and ocean conservation, has made it her mission to protect the ocean’s biodiversity, one spot at a time.
The Galapagos Are Going Green
In recent years, there has been a growing movement to transform the archipelago into a beacon of sustainability.
The EU Just Banned Microplastics. How Are Companies Replacing Them?
Some manufacturers are years ahead of the game, pioneering natural alternatives to microplastics.
The Reappearing Forests of West Bengal
The trees in this corner of India vanished decades ago, leaving heat waves and drought. What happened when they returned proves the healing power of reforestation.
How France Brought Brown Bears Back to the Pyrenees
Thanks to biological monitoring and community outreach, the once-nearly-extinct bruins are again ambling through the mountains.
Cranberry Growers Are Bringing Wetlands Back from the Dead
In Massachusetts, the onetime cranberry capital of the world, former bogs are transforming into thriving, carbon-storing swamps.
The Texas Shrimper Holding Industrial Polluters Accountable
The “reclusive fisherwoman” turned “controversial hell-raiser” is battling some of the biggest petrochemical companies — and winning.
A ‘Tape Recorder for the Planet’: What Natural History Museums Bring to the Climate Fight
Behind the scenes, their vast collections can help us better understand the past, present and future of our planet.
The Backyard Farmers Who Grow Food With Fog
In one of the world’s driest cities, an ingenious system channels water from the air to those who need it most.
From Blacktop to Green: Cities Are Depaving for a Cooler Future
Climate-related heat and flooding have planners rethinking the heat-absorbing, impermeable stuff that covers so much of the urban landscape.
From Sea to Plate to Sea: How Oyster Shells Are Shoring Up Coastlines
Long after the oysters are gone, their shells help protect the marine environment. “Once you shuck ‘em, don’t just chuck ‘em!”
The Life-Changing, Solar-Charged Power of ‘Regenerative Travel’
Meet the intrepid e-bikers who are helping others to travel ecologically and give back along the way.
A Thriving Garden at a Former Coal Mine Is Feeding Thousands
The Texas mine’s restoration is ongoing, but in an area with few grocery stores, the small garden is already making a big difference.
A Wild Cat Comeback — Thanks to Vultures
Birds and cats aren’t usually allies. But in Zambia, a common threat — and a concerted effort to fight it — unites them.
The Cascading Effects of Bringing Back Sea Otters
In Oregon and California, efforts to repopulate these furry engineers could revive struggling ocean ecosystems.
West Texas Oil Country Is Revealing a Sky Full of Stars
Astronomers and oil refineries are working together to dim the lights of industry — and set celestial sights ablaze.
Reviving the Lost Waterways of India’s ‘City of Lakes’
Bengaluru is slowly re-earning its watery reputation, one lake restoration project at a time.
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.
Shrimpers Get Paid to Clear ‘Ghost Fishing’ Crab Traps From Mississippi Waters
Collecting left-behind traps leaves wildlife safer while putting money in shrimpers’ pockets — a true win-win.
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.
To Restore Watersheds, Think Like a Beaver
People are building beaver-inspired obstructions along waterways to make the surrounding landscape messier and more complex. That’s a good thing.
A Biodiversity Hotspot Flourishes as Costa Rica Puts Nature on the Payroll
For years, locals have protected the thriving wildlife of Osa Peninsula. When the government started paying them, a whole new conservation-based economy bloomed.
Fortified with Coconuts, ‘Living’ Shorelines Are Stopping Coastal Erosion
From New Jersey to Texas, a nature-nurturing alternative to concrete sea walls is protecting America’s coastline.
Up-Close Ecotourism Is Nurturing Gray Whales in Mexico
In the lagoons off the Pacific coast of Baja Sur, physical contact between tourists and whales is at the heart of a new model of marine conservation.
Wind Farms and Birds Are Learning to Coexist
With bird-tracking AI and turbines that grind to a halt before strikes occur, today’s wind farms are safer than ever for travelers on the wing.
Over 2,000 Companies Buy and Sell Recycled Plastic at This Online Marketplace
Activist-entrepreneur Christian Schiller’s global platform is where plastic sellers and seekers keep your old shampoo bottles out of the waste stream.
Don’t Demolish That House — ‘Deconstruct’ It!
Instead of tearing down houses, a local business in Minneapolis picks them apart and resells the material, reducing waste and creating jobs.
Is There Anything ‘Solar Meadows’ Can’t Do?
Nourishing pollinators. Recharging groundwater. Preventing erosion. Sequestering carbon. Solar farms, once devoid of life, have become ecological superheroes.
Want to Help Rid the Ocean of Plastic? Grab an Oar
Along a rocky stretch of the British coast, a modest yet highly replicable low-tech solution to ocean cleanup is setting sail.
‘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.
The Wollemi Pine’s Survival Proves We Can Save More Trees
Decades ago, there were only 48 mature Wollemi pines left in the world. Then home gardeners stepped in.
Seed-Planting Drones Are Reforesting Canada With Lightning Speed
Dropping five seed pods per second into wildfire-scarred lands, aerial tree planting is quickly creating biodiverse forests from the sky.
Recycled Glass, Turned into Sand, Is Restoring Louisiana’s Coastline
It’s just one example of how pulverized glass has become an upcycling hero, finding new purpose in landscaping, construction, even coastal restoration.
Heat from an Amazon Data Center Is Warming Dublin’s Buildings
Cities are capturing heat emitted by computer servers and using it to warm everything from government buildings to college dorms.
The New Generation of Hydropower Dams Let Fish Swim Straight Through
Redesigned turbines are solving the problem that has long plagued hydroelectric dams, churning out green energy while leaving fish unharmed.
Conservationists Are Saving America’s Prairies by Selling Them Off
In an unlikely collaboration, Oregon conservationists are selling grasslands to cattlemen on one condition: they keep it pristine forever.
As the Water Rises, Mobile Home Parks Are on the Move
Threatened by climate change, entire communities are working with government to relocate — and stay intact.
How a Country Embraced the River It Feared
After years of fighting floods on the Waal River, the Netherlands decided to let the water in — and turn a looming threat into a natural asset.
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.
What If Extinction Wasn’t Forever?
At the frontier of conservation, scientists are learning how to bring back “functionally extinct” species using cryogenically frozen cells from the past.
San Diego’s Frozen Zoo Is Bringing Species Back from the Brink
In what sounds like science fiction, geneticists are using cryogenically frozen animal cells to stop species from going extinct.
A Notorious Invasive Plant Shows Promise in Green Construction
Imported from Japan in 1876, kudzu strangles forests and farmland throughout the South. Could it build cities instead?
A Daring Rescue Mission Is Saving Kharkiv’s Bats
Ukrainians are risking their lives to shelter a critical species in tunnels, basements and their own homes.
In Ghostly Graveyards, Biodiversity Is Nourishing the Living
Few human-inhabited places are as ecologically rich as old churchyards, where nature’s spirits thrive undisturbed for centuries.
The Greening of Coal Country
In West Virginia, mining has long been a source of money, identity and pride. Now something new is on the horizon.
To Grow Coral Reefs, Get Them Buzzed
Zapped with solar electrical currents, struggling reefs can self-repair with incredible speed — and even grow where none have existed before.
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.
Urban Residents Are Tracking ‘Indoor Heat Waves’
In Harlem, a neighborhood network of sensors — and citizen scientists — are measuring a little-understood risk.
How Kenya Became the World’s Geothermal Powerhouse
An effort that began 70 years ago is poised to propel the country to middle-income status on a wave of green energy.
Making a Desk with 10,000 Recycled Chopsticks
A German engineer asked restaurants for their used chopsticks — and a sustainable furnishings business was born.
Floating Solar Farms Are a Game Changer
A lack of available land is the biggest obstacle to solar power’s expansion — or maybe it isn’t.
The Sky’s the Limit
How a last-ditch attempt to save the few remaining California condors became a conservation victory for the ages.
Owners of ‘Small Forests’ Can Now Get Paid to Leave Them Alone
The US climate bill helps landowners access the carbon market, where eco-conscious companies reward regular folks for managing their land sustainably.
Inside the ‘Energy Villages’ Powering Germany’s Green Transition
“We believe citizens taking responsibility for their own energy supply is the future.”
The Netherlands Is Building an Ark for Its Bees
Insect hotels. Rooftop gardens. “Honey highways.” With its National Pollinator Strategy, one country is showing the world how to save pollinators.
Welcome to Our Cool Project
A one-week series about surprising ways cities can crank down the temperature.
Greece’s Islands Are Zero-Waste Laboratories
Even as mainland Greece struggles to meet its recycling goals, its islands are turning sustainability into a science.
Pakistan’s Mangroves Are a Coastal Conservation Marvel
A far-reaching reforestation effort has dramatically turned the tide for a waterborne climate change warrior.
Your Yard Could Be a Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawns are America’s biggest irrigated crop. Converting some of them into natural habitats could do wonders for Earth’s biodiversity.
The Tiny Australian Territory That Avoided the Global Energy Crisis
Canberra’s commitment to renewables has made it the envy of Australia, as its energy costs stay low while fossil fuel prices soar across the rest of the country.
The Case of the Vanishing Cafeteria Tray
Once a staple of communal dining, food trays are disappearing — along with a harmful human impulse.
Is This the World’s Most Eco-Friendly Landfill?
Once-endangered Pinzgau goats are among the many animals to flourish on Vienna’s “trash mountain,” which heats roughly one-fifth of the city’s homes.
The Little-Known Tool Protecting California Towns from Polluters
Most Californians have never heard of the CalEnviroScreen — even those whose communities it has shielded from ecological disaster.
Nuclear Crocodiles Invade Florida — in a Good Way
A nuclear power plant that became a thriving habitat for endangered crocs shows how conservation can work even in the most human-altered environments.
A new kind of cash crop is turning gusty Iowa into a renewable energy juggernaut — and preserving a rural way of life.
How Sweden Sends Just 1% of Its Trash to Landfills
The country incinerates nearly half its garbage to create the energy that powers its homes and buildings.
California’s Floodplains Are Coming Back, and So Are Their Salmon
Farmers and ecologists are partnering to restore the state’s natural flooding patterns, allowing native fish to thrive.
A Canadian province and an American state sit side by side in the same ecosystem. On one side of the border, salmon are thriving.
Oregon Is Turning Sewage into an Endless Supply of Green Energy
Converting poop into heat and electricity offers a tantalizing proposition: more waste equals more clean power.
The Eco-Friendlier Future of the Disposable Spork
As cities and countries ban single-use plastics, sustainable alternatives are emerging.
Back from the Brink
A Zambian park has reversed the national extinction of a precious and vulnerable species. Soon, it won’t be alone.
A Diet Rich in Probiotics Could Climate-Proof Coral Reefs
New research shows that the “gut health” microorganisms can enhance the immune systems of living coral.
A Tall, Cool Glass of Air
For drought-stricken places, pulling drinkable water from the atmosphere could become one of the easiest ways to stay hydrated.
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.
Every Battery Is a Treasure Box
A tsunami of spent EV batteries is coming, and the effort to recover the valuable materials inside them is already underway.
Amsterdam’s Instant Fix for Getting Rid of Junk Mail
By only delivering it to people ask for it, the city is saving thousands of tons of paper per year.
Why Our Staff Is Optimistic about Climate Change
As the world’s biggest climate conference comes to a close, we see reasons for hope on the horizon.
How One Woman Protected Millions of Acres
Kristine Tompkins has conserved more land than any other single individual, calling it “capitalist jiujitsu” for the planet.
‘Green Infrastructure’ for Clean Water Proves Itself in Washington D.C.
The U.S. capital is tackling a sewer overflow problem with a softer solution.
How to Turn a Desert into a Forest
A group of “holistic engineers” wants to return the arid Sinai peninsula to the lush, green landscape it once was.
‘Eco-Score’ Labels Make Shopping More Sustainable
A simple letter-grading system in the U.K. has led to a significant shift towards ecologically greener foods.
‘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.
The Climate-Friendly Refrigerators of Decades Past
As the U.S. phases out hydrofluorocarbons, the next generation of fridges is adopting low-emissions technology that’s nearly a century old.
How America Is Winning the War on Overfishing
Though overfishing remains a global problem, a science-driven approach has led to surprisingly sustainable practices in some countries, including the U.S.
You May Already Be Wearing the World’s Most Sustainable Jeans
A family-owned Italian denim manufacturer is turning one of fashion’s most toxic staples green, one global brand at a time.
Can We Suck Up Enough CO2 to Cool the Planet?
As we speak, giant machines are removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an urgent attempt to slam the brakes on climate change.
Meet the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Soccer Club
An all-vegan stadium. A field fertilized with seaweed. How the owner of the sport’s most sustainable team is cultivating “a new kind of soccer fan.”
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.
Cleaning Up Rivers Is Saving the Oceans
When an architecture student’s dazzling ocean cleanup concept fizzled, she started thinking smaller — and tackled the problem at the source.
When Oil Spills Strike, Call in the Hair Force
Human hair is becoming a major player in ocean cleanups as a free, highly effective resource that never runs out.
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.
For a Clean Ocean, Just Add Oysters
From picturesque Mediterranean isles to New York’s bustling harbor, strategically placed oyster colonies are depolluting the sea with ease.
Beirut Is Greening the Aftermath of Disaster
One year ago an explosion decimated Beirut. Today, the city is picking up the pieces — and using them to rebuild.
Our Hydrogen-Powered Future Is Unfolding at the Edge of the World
On an island community in the seas north of Scotland, the last frontier in green energy is being realized.
French Cuisine Has Gone Off the Grid
As other businesses go green, food service remains an energy-intensive outlier. Europe’s first solar-powered restaurant wants to change the recipe.
This Is the First Ecosystem With Its Own Insurance Policy
A 100-mile stretch of coral reef in Mexico is now insured just like any other valuable asset. Is this the future of conservation?
World’s Largest Seagrass Project Proves “You Can Actually Restore the Oceans”
A “game changing” 20-year effort suggests that even severely depleted marine ecosystems can be brought back to life.
Louisiana’s Coastal Communities Are Solving Their Own Flooding Crisis
What happens when you let the people most threatened by sea-level rise decide what to do about it?
“Community Choice” Is Getting Renewable Energy to Millions
A novel system gives consumers a green alternative to what their utility companies offer.
Inside the Movement to Clean Up the World’s Most Toxic Sites
A sprawling initiative identifies pollution hotspots so the communities affected by them can act.
Tree-Free Paper Is Saving Forests and Farmers in Washington State
Creating paper from wheat waste gives forests a break — and harvesters a new revenue stream.
Where £100 Can Make You a Solar Entrepreneur
In Bath, England, even the smallest investors can support – and profit from – the city’s green energy boom.
Wales’s “One Planet” Policy Is Transforming Rural Life
By allocating residents their “global fair share” of resources, the government is making development in pristine environments sustainable.
The Island Where Everyone Owns the Wind
On carbon-negative Samsø Island, renewable energy is collectively owned — which means that the greener the island gets, the more everyone benefits.
London Is “Rewilding” and Native Species Are Flocking In
The British capital is resurrecting its long lost natural habitats to foster biodiversity.
A System for Sharing Household Heat Is Growing Beneath France
Green energy is generated at a central location, then shuttled through underground pipes to homes in suburban Paris.
What if Climate Change Isn’t as Polarizing as We Think?
It benefits politicians to portray the issue as deeply divisive, but most voters don’t see it that way.
How Loggers Helped Environmentalists Save a Spectacular Canadian Rainforest
Spanning 16 million acres of wild Pacific coast, the Great Bear Rainforest is a magical place. The partnership that saved it is just as unique.
The Italian Fishermen Who Brought the Sea Back to Life
When overfishing decimated Puglia’s biodiversity, conservationists and fishermen created a marine reserve that turned their catches around.
The New Solar Farm Is a Real Farm, Too
The next generation of solar arrays benefits the earth — right beneath them.
Tasmania’s ‘Super-Kelp’ Is Making CO2 Vanish into the Ocean
These towering seaweed forests are amazing climate change fighters. Now scientists are stepping in to make them even stronger.
Europe Is Going Coal-Free
By the end of this decade, the world’s dirtiest source of energy will have vanished from over a dozen European countries.
Can We All Be Like Texas?
How a conservative, oil-pumping state became one of the world’s biggest generators of wind power.
This ‘Carbon-Negative’ Burger Is Fighting Climate Change
As fake meat floods the market, some fast-food joints are insisting that their ultra-sustainably raised beef is better for the planet.
Abandoned Coal Plants Are a Huge Opportunity
They’re cavernous, solidly built and often on prime urban land. Now, they’re being reborn as everything from charter schools to solar farms.
The No-Waste Goal That Succeeded by Failing
Years ago, the Japanese village of Kamikatsu set the goal of producing zero waste by 2020. They’re not going to make it—and that’s just fine with them.
Mitigating Climate Change: The Game!
Nothing says family fun during the holidays like a good ol’ game night. This season, here’s a game future generations might appreciate too.
In the haze of the California wildfires, a Native American tribe’s independent electricity grid saved the day. Is a new model for energy in America rising from the ashes?
Ban the Bag!
Those ubiquitous flimsy shopping sacks are vanishing from country after country, leaving less plastic in our seas, our trees and our own digestive systems.
Trees Are Healing Our Planet
A recent study found that new forests might be our best shot at saving the world. A global guide to doing it right.
What Baltimore Gets Right about Urban Trees
While other cities plant trees, Baltimore has focused on monitoring and maintaining the ones it already has—and is one of the few cities whose urban forest is expanding.
Let Them Eat Larvae
Farmers are feeding their livestock the larvae of black soldier flies—an abundant, sustainable snack that’s quietly greening the industry, one maggot at a time.
The Necessity of Nuclear
After reading David Byrne’s article suggesting that nuclear power is too risky to be a part of our green energy evolution, I had a few thoughts to share.
Can Lawsuits Save Planet Earth?
These days, the litigators hauling climate change scoundrels into court are doing more than any politician to keep our environment healthy and livable.
More and more institutions and even whole countries are ending their investments in fossil fuels. This is happening. Money talks.
When Politics Fails, Call the Lawyers
It was legal teams—not politicians—that ultimately held the tobacco industry to account. Their next target? Perpetrators of climate change.
Interactive: 30 Years of Suing the Bastards
Early lawsuits like the Exxon Valdez settlement paved the way for the cases now holding climate changers to account. See our timeline of the eco-litigation evolution.
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