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Every year, America’s forests suck up about 14% of all U.S. CO2 emissions.

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Why “Save the Bees” should extend to other insects
Bee landing on pink and white flower

Wildlife & wild places

Why “Save the Bees” should extend to other insects

This past spring, I noticed that flowers in my front yard were covered in aphids and I immediately bought insecticidal soap to get rid of them. My response to those aphids – get rid of them – has long been our response to all insects. But this decades-long antipathy toward all insects is one reason we’re facing an “insect apocalypse.”

Edward Abbey and the robber baron mindset

Wildlife & wild places

Edward Abbey and the robber baron mindset

Decades after he first issued them, Edward Abbey’s calls for the defense of America’s wilderness still feel uncomfortably relevant. As much as Abbey's work emphasizes the importance of legal protections against those who would plunder America’s natural lands, however, it also – more importantly – invites us to consider the value system that underlies, excuses and legitimizes this vandalism.

Climate change ticks me off: Lyme disease, and why small impacts require urgent action

Health care

Climate change ticks me off: Lyme disease, and why small impacts require urgent action

Why are there suddenly so many ticks everywhere? One big factor is climate change, which is likely to keep making the problems of ticks and the diseases they carry worse. That's only one impact of global warming, which is changing our world and our relationships with nature in many ways, both large and small. Understanding those relationships, how they're changing and why, is crucial to protecting the things we love for future generations.

Ending the West’s Wildfire Groundhog Day: It’s not just about putting out fires

Forests

Ending the West’s Wildfire Groundhog Day: It’s not just about putting out fires

Global warming and a century of misguided forest management policy have led to ever more devastating fire seasons across the Western states over recent years. To mitigate this unfolding disaster, we need an approach to forest management that emphasizes, first and foremost, creating and maintaining healthy, resilient forests.

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