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By Cheryl Heller / On March 14th, 2018

This letter is a response to your request for ideas—for the philanthropic strategy you’re thinking about. You say you like long term, but you’re drawn to “the other end of the spectrum: the right now.” I get that, and have the perfect answer for you, one...

By David Salt, Brian Walker / On March 6th, 2018

Re-engaging nature’s ecosystem engineers In the gloomy pall of the advancing Anthropocene, it’s nice to hear good news now and again on the environmental front. And such is the case with...

By Larry Nielsen / On February 9th, 2018

For Valentine's Day, I couldn't resist writing about nature's faithful lovers. 

By Jason Mark / On October 27th, 2017

PHOTO BY KELLYVANDELLEN/ISTOCKSecretary Zinke’s proposal to increase entry fees could make parks an exclusive playground

By Edward Struzik / On October 2nd, 2017

In a world of bigger, hotter fires, it is time to think of forests as vital infrastructure, and to invest in preserving these resources for the future

By Katharine Sucher / On August 24th, 2017

It can seem like every news story spells bad news for the environment—from the ongoing clean water crisis in Flint, Michigan to Earth's...

By Jason Leppig / On August 22nd, 2017

A new study from the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres suggests that naturally caused forest fires emit three times as much pollution as previously...

By Jason Mark / On August 16th, 2017

About half of all the all of the Sequoiadendron giganteum that exist on Earth reside in California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument. At Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah, pre-Columbian petroglyphs and potsherds can be found tucked amid the...

summer reading

By Katharine Sucher / On July 10th, 2017

Summer is here! Whether that means slathering on the sunscreen or seeking refuge from the heat in an air conditioned room, this season means one thing for all bookworms: summer reading lists. To help get yours started, our staff have shared their...

By Larry Nielsen / On May 27th, 2017

We revel in the glory of the African elephant, giant panda or Galapagos tortoise—the charismatic megafauna that gets most of attention, whether on television or at the zoo. But I think the group that deserves the award as the world’s number one animal...