Subsidized water cultivated the West, but this required becoming increasingly profligate with the region’s scarcest resource.

Subsidized water cultivated the West, but this required becoming increasingly profligate with the region’s scarcest resource.

Subsidized water cultivated the West, but this required becoming increasingly profligate with the region’s scarcest resource.

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American flags on either side of a neon "buy" sign.

The annual Black Friday ode to commercialism and overconsumption sits at the core of our ongoing destruction of Earth’s ecosystems. We can flip the script.

bear mascot

Many sports teams use wildlife and endangered species as their mascots. But our research shows that fans often don’t know their beloved mascots are endangered — or how they can be protected.

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The author sitting in a museum behind a display of his books.

If a book contains critical conservation messages but nobody reads it, does it make a difference?

Sunset behind the U.S. Capitol

The midterms may have avoided a red wave, but there’s still blood (and some anti-science conspiracy theorists) in the water.

A tiny frog sits on the tip of a human finger

New research compiles the “heat tolerance” of 616 amphibian species — and reveals how much more we need to know.

Group of 11 poses at waterfall.

Black people like nature, too. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at outdoor magazines — at least not before Outdoor Afro got started.

Green wave dominates a blue ocean

While control of Congress remains unsettled, other races around the country reveal a growing — if precarious — tilt toward climate as a priority.

Humble ponds have a key role to play in fighting climate change and aiding conservation — but only if we protect them.

sewer pipe outfall on beach

Disadvantaged communities have suffered disproportionately from underinvestment in clean and affordable water. That could change with legislation passed last year.

Three bird in a tree and one in flight

Two culprits have pushed this keystone species to the brink in New Mexico.

air pollution

The health risks from tiny airborne particulate matter may soon face stricter federal regulation. But improving air quality remains a complex challenge.