Environment


Cut a Tree, Prevent Intense Wildfires

By Staff, Utne Reader

Recent research shows that forests with too many trees are vulnerable to intense forest fires, increasing pollution. So save the planet: cut a tree.


Fish on Drugs

By Staff, Utne Reader

Fish on drugs? Antidepressants might make us happy, but when pharmaceuticals like Prozac enter the water supply, fish can become anxious and aggressive.


Moving On into the New Era

by Both Sides Now

Just because December 21, 2012, passed without incident doesn’t mean a new age isn’t upon us.


Race, Climate, and the Urban Heat Island

by Sam Ross-Brown

As climate change speeds up, nonwhite inner city neighborhoods will face a high risk of extreme heat.


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Designing Ecological Backyard Gardens: An Interview with Jessi Bloom

By Suzanne Lindgren

Jessi Bloom, author of Free Range Chicken Gardens, explains how to get the most out of a small garden with low-maintenance edibles and chickens.


Unlearning and Rewilding: An Interview with Miles Olson

By Suzanne Lindgren

The author of Unlearn, Rewild talks about engaging with the wild earth and why sustainability is not enough.


Why Bioremediation Is Scarce in Urban Gardens

By Scott Kellogg

Bioremediation techniques must face a series of hurdles before being accepted as feasible, large-scale soil contamination solutions.


Five Ways to Divest From Monsanto

by Kristen Schmitt

Concerned about the social and environmental costs of GMO produce? Here are five ways to divest from Monsanto and other Big Ag giants.