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- Jan 1 20172 minutes
01 We’ll Generate Our Own Resources
An ambitious experiment in the Netherlands could be a model for life off the grid.
- Jan 22 20171 minute
Assessing the latest options in the H20 aisle—alkaline, boxed, Ice Age–era. PLUS: A tasting with Adam Platt.
- Jan 16 20171 minute
The Ivory Trade Loses Its Biggest Player
KATE SAMUELSON ON DEC. 30, CHINA COMMITTED TO A ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. The decision, hailed by conservation groups as historic, could help end the global trade of ivory for good. Here’s why: ELEPHANT IN
- Jan 2 20173 minutes
How Bad Air Came Back
Air pollution is getting worse—and hurting us even more
- Jan 22 20171 minute
Bottled Versus Tap
BOTTLED Where it comes from: Nearly half of New York’s comes from city reserves. How it’s regulated: The Food and Drug Administration treats it as a food, and it can’t require food companies to publish detailed reports on where their products come
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Why don’t office buildings go dark at night?
- Dec 12 20161 minute
New Technology Can:
JOE JIMENEZ Reach the sick ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH Organization, 400 million people do not have essential health services. That’s more than the entire population of the U.S. But emerging technologies can enable us to deliver health care world
- Sep 1 20161 minute
On the Cusp
A company doesn’t have to be especially big to have a big impact on the planet. Our On the Cusp list honors smaller companies, creative subsidiaries of bigger ones, and newer initiatives—spotting some worthy corporate efforts that may someday change the way you do business.
- Nov 28 20161 minute
The Return of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’
It really is a new day for U.S. energy policy. The President-elect has pledged to roll back environmental regulations, invest in new pipelines and allow drilling on public lands—and he can make many of the changes unilaterally once in office. On thei
- Sep 1 20162 minutes
No.229 Fighting Fire With Foam—And A Résumé That Includes The Space Shuttle
Irene Rhodes, founder and CEO of Consumer Fire Products, united her backgrounds in engineering and firefighting to create a system that automatically sprays a biodegradable protective foam onto a house when a wildfire is nearby. Her Eugene, Oregon–based company has grown by beating back the fires that are a year-round threat in some western states.
- Jul 25 20161 minute
How to Save the World’s Forests—With Tires
MOST TALK ABOUT CONSERVATION AND travel tends to revolve around reducing emissions: fewer pollutants means fewer harmful climate changes. But protecting the environment isn’t just about tailpipes; it’s about tires and the rubber that’s used to make
- Oct 30 20161 minute
1 An Experiment in the Woods
ARCHITECT STEVEN HOLL SAVED A PLOT OF LAND FROM DEVELOPMENT AND BUILT HIMSELF A GUESTHOUSE THAT SLEEPS FIVE—BUT HAS NO BEDROOMS.
- Oct 24 20161 minute
5 Issues That Deserve More Love—or Hate
SHIPPING Ninety percent of all we use—shirts, phones, disposable coffee cups and the beans therein—have traveled around the world on ships burning one of the dirtiest fuels by the ton. According to Edward Humes, author of Door to Door, 160 of these
- Jul 4 20162 minutes
Erin Brockovich’s Latest Crusade
THE CELEBRATED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST IS BACK ON THE FRONT LINES, FIGHTING FOR CLEAN WATER ACROSS THE NATION
- Oct 17 20162 minutes
Inside the Fight for Cleaner Air
AT FIRST GLANCE, LONDON’S Oxford Street looks like any other pristine urban corridor. Trees bloom. Taxis honk. Shoppers flock to stores like Starbucks, Uniqlo and the Gap. Of all the words you could use to describe this destination, dangerous would b
- Oct 15 20132 minutes
Ancient Poop Tells Useful Stories—If You Know How to Listen
“Out of sight, out of mind” is the usual attitude about what we flush down the toilet. But in the last century, some chemists have begged to differ: They want to know just where our personal waste products go, and they’ve come up with various measure
- Jul 23 20155 minutes
The Terrifying Uncertainty in Jeff VanderMeer’s Sci-Fi: How the best-selling author brings his incredibly strange worlds to life.
In Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling series Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy, an unknown force infiltrates a coastal village and begins to transform the nature of everything living in a domain called Area X. A government-backed scientific research gro
- May 29 20134 minutes
You Didn’t Build That: The Best Animal Engineers
If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet. There would be plen
- Dec 7 20165 minutes
Tar Balls, The Beach's Fossil-Fuel Flowers
Globs of black goo occur on beaches both naturally from ocean seeps and artificially from oil spills. An Object Lesson.
- Apr 1 20163 minutes
The Kitchen Sink
ERIK NEUMANN When John Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, bought their 540-acre ranch in 1998, it was in bad shape. Located in California’s Marin County, a windswept region northwest of San Francisco Bay, the land had been worn down by overgrazing;
- Oct 17 20161 minute
Aryn Baker Saving the gray crowned crane from extinction isn’t just about preserving an iconic symbol of wealth and longevity in Rwandan culture, says Olivier Nsengimana. It’s also about saving us. “Having the cranes disappear means there is somethi