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By Larry Nielsen / On February 2nd, 2017

Given election results that have further empowered political leaders who deny climate change, it’s easy to feel powerless in the face of environmental challenges like massive deforestation, biodiversity loss, and dying oceans. At a time when it seems...

By Dominick A. DellaSala / On April 25th, 2016

This week, more than 193 nations will celebrate Earth Day. The annual event is a marker for the environmental movement begun on April 22, 1970, when Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson organized a peaceful teach-in. At the time, rivers were on fire, oil spills...

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By Charles G. Curtin / On October 20th, 2015

What does it mean to conserve is an era of ever growing rates of cultural, social, and ecological change? One dictionary definition of conservation I found defined it as the act of preserving, guarding, or protecting. But what does one guard or protect...

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By Meghan Bartels / On May 21st, 2015

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By Cristina Eisenberg / On May 20th, 2015

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By Eric Dinerstein / On May 19th, 2015


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By Meghan Bartels / On March 10th, 2015

Post by David Johns, contributor to Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth. When humans started to farm 12,000 years ago, they began to change the earth in...

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By Robert Keiter / On March 3rd, 2015

Children visiting Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to learn about maple sugar.

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By Edward Struzik / On February 24th, 2015

Otto Fiord, photo by Edward Struzik.