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By Katharine Sucher / On June 10th, 2016

Wildland ecosystems are facing twin threats of unprecedented climate-induced change and increased impacts from a growing human population. A unique collaboration between scientists and managers, ...

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By Katharine Sucher / On May 20th, 2016

Go on your own journey with explorer Wade Davis in this week's Foreword Friday.

By Katharine Sucher / On May 13th, 2016

Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population—3.7 billion people—are urban dwellers, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow.

By Alan Kolok / On May 6th, 2016

The triple threat of modern toxicology—the global spread of chemicals, the increase in chemical diversity, and the complications presented by enduring toxic responses—requires an understanding of basic toxicology concepts as well as contemporary issues....

By Katharine Sucher / On April 29th, 2016

In an era rocked by climate change and other disruptions, our cities must be resilient to survive and thrive. But what does that mean, exactly? How can we address the problems facing cities today—poverty, job loss, crumbling infrastructure, pollution—...

By Katharine Sucher / On April 15th, 2016

As cities strive to become more sustainable, livable, and healthy, they are increasingly becoming multi-modal. In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transit, the highest since the dawn of the highway era. But most of these trips are on...

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By Katharine Sucher / On April 8th, 2016

As we continue to break global heat records and deplete our water resources, the criticism that cities like Phoenix are unsustainable grows louder. Yet Phoenix and other suburban cities—those that developed around the automobile and the single-family...

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By Katharine Sucher / On April 1st, 2016

Gonorrhea. Bed bugs. Weeds. Salamanders. People. All are evolving, some surprisingly rapidly, in response to our chemical age. In Unnatural Selection, newly available in...

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By Katharine Sucher / On March 25th, 2016

In honor of World Water Day 2016, this week's #ForewordFriday is all about water—and how Americans can't seem to get enough of it. ...

By Katharine Sucher / On March 18th, 2016

In 2005, following two decades of professional accolades, Margie Ruddick created a new kind of garden that landed her in court. Through selective mowing, planting, pruning, and frequently doing no...

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