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Why Don’t We Have a National Park to Protect Native Grasslands?

It might be the only way for our National Park Service to nurture the kind of ecological awareness required for a genuine environmental ethic.

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What’s Wild? The Battle for Nature in the 21st Century

It’s conservationist against conservationist as those that care most about biodiversity and wilderness argue over the best way to manage and protect what little we have left.

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Environmentalism? Perhaps. Environmentalists? Ewww!

Canadian researchers report people hold negative views of political and social activists, and their unwillingness to associate with such people dampens the likelihood of changing their behavior.

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Chiapas’ Coffee Growers: Accidental Environmentalists

Kristian Beadle steps off a rickety bus in southern Mexico and finds a traditional coffee-growing culture that suits modern sustainability efforts admirably.

Three Reasons for Creating a Single Ocean Health Index

As the gross domestic product shows us, a single number that represents the health of a complex and dynamic system can have amazing and perhaps unexpected power.

Marketing the Mystery of the Giant Squid

We don’t really know if the giant squid is endangered, but this animal still could inspire protection of the world’s invertebrates.

‘If a Tree Falls’ Revisits the Earth Liberation Front

PBS looks at the radical environmentalists whose turn to terrorism discredited their quixotic campaign in “If a Tree Falls.”

Teaching Kids to Love Nature (and Buy Less Stuff)

A new book, “The Failure of Environmental Education,” says schools are failing to teach kids how to save the planet.

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In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014