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Ensia

Ensia is a magazine showcasing solutions to Earth's biggest environmental challenges.

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1 January 2017

How ‘Open Source’ Seed Producers From the US to India Are Changing Global Food Production

Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.

30 November 2016

These East African Countries Show How Teamwork and Technology Can Thwart Illegal Fishing

Innovation sparks success as nations collaborate to identify and take action against fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing.

27 October 2016

Conservationists in Madagascar Race to Exterminate Troubling Toad

Conservationists seek to eradicate a deadly Asian invader, but finding the necessary funds is proving difficult.

Upscale Chocolate Could Help Turn the Tide on Haiti’s Devastating Deforestation

When a tiny Quebec chocolate maker won a gold at this year’s premier International Chocolate Awards for a bar made with Haitian cocoa beans, it rocked the specialty chocolate world.

18 August 2016

Endangered Tigers Versus Endangered People

As government works to save big cats from extinction, indigenous forest dwellers pursue peaceful coexistence for man and beast.

16 August 2016

Israel, One of the World’s Driest Countries, Is Now Overflowing With Water

Scientists and others are looking to desalination as a way to unite longtime enemies in a common cause.

2 July 2016

​Will Outrage Over Recent Murders Help Honduran Environmental Activists Achieve Their Goal?

Recent murders are affecting indigenous people’s efforts to protect the environment​.

11 June 2016

The Number One Thing We Can Do to Protect the Earth’s Oceans

Marine governance favors consumption and commerce over conservation. Here's what we can do about it.

10 June 2016

Researchers Around the World Are Learning From Indigenous Communities. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing.

“The hardest thing is to sit in a room with scientists who think they’ve discovered something, but their scientific discovery just confirms what our oral histories have talked about forever.”

7 May 2016

Baobab and Moringa, Two ‘Superfoods’ With the Potential of Boosting the Planet's Health

As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for the environment.

5 May 2016

This New Data Set Is Poised to Revolutionize Climate Adaptation

By combining satellite and on-ground weather information, scientists are improving our ability to bring resilience to extreme weather for the world’s poorest people.

29 March 2016

Can Low-Income Housing in the US Be Energy Efficient and Affordable?

Residents of low-income housing need energy efficiency more than others, but are less likely to be able to afford it. How to escape the Catch-22?

3 March 2016

The Newest Strategy for Saving Bees Is Really, Really Old

With pollinators in decline around the world, conservationists are turning to traditional farmers for answers.

27 February 2016

Can Mountains of Animal Bones Boost Food Security in Ethiopia?

By turning a wasted resource into fertilizer, researchers aim to help a hungry nation replenish depleted soils

25 February 2016

This Island in the Indian Ocean Is Small, But the Lessons It Offers on Clean Power Are Anything But

The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100-percent renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025.

5 February 2016

Global Deforestation Is Decreasing. Or Is It?

A new look at the complex picture of changes in land use suggests that, when it comes to forests, we’re far from being out of the woods.

30 January 2016

What Kenya’s Biggest Slum Can Teach Us About Saving Cities From Floods

An innovative design firm is using data and community outreach to protect Nairobi's poorest residents from devastating storms.

14 December 2015

Latinos Care About the Environment. So Why Aren’t Green Groups Engaging Them More?

Efforts by US politicians and groups concerned about the environment to engage Latino communities seem to be lagging.

16 November 2015

How Popular Perceptions of Climate Change Have Changed Since the Copenhagen Talks

Ahead of the climate change talks in Paris, a look at how the situation surrounding climate change has evolved since the last important negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009.

14 November 2015

As UN Climate Talks Approach, a Look at What's Changed Since Copenhagen

Is the world better suited for a climate change agreement than it was in 2009, when the last important negotiations took place?

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