Environment


The Hydraulic System: The ‘Vascular System’ of Plants

By Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola

A plant’s hydraulic system is comparable to a human’s vascular system. Not only that, but plants also possess other similarities to other living species on Earth.


The Politics of Extinction

By William deBuys

An introduction to the most beautiful animal you’ll never see.


Living Beauty

By Sandra Lubarsky, excerpted from Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth

Recognizing beauty as much more than “skin deep” or “in the eye of the beholder.”


Pushing Farming Beyond Organic

By Courtney White, excerpted from Grass, Soil, Hope

A closer look at revolutionary ideas that will shape the future of farming.


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Exploring Nature Through Open-World Video Games

By nik harron, reprinted from Alternatives Journal

The artful construction of the simulated environments in open-world video games can offer experiences that are not feasible with traditional media or even direct contact with nature.


A Prickly Proposition

By Krista Langlois, from High Country News

Can an overlooked succulent help salvage toxic soils?


Recycling a Big Box: From Abandoned Walmart to Award-Winning Public Library

by Lindsey Kennedy

When big box stores abandon large lots of commercial real estate, a door opens for innovators to turn the empty space into a public good. The McAllen Main Library in McAllen, Texas is a prime example of the hidden opportunity for communities littered with superstore skeletons.


Maraschino Man: The Odd and Unfortunate Story of Arthur Mondella

by Lindsey Kennedy

Two stories brought national attention to Dell’s Maraschino Cherry Factory; one about bees and corn syrup, one about drugs and suicide.