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Meet the pioneers and unsung heroes who are addressing environmental challenges at both local and global scales, and see what hope for a more sustainable future looks like.

From the beautiful to the bizarre, this photographic showcase of life on Earth shines a light on some of our planet's most amazing species and places.

photo gallery | 04.30.19

The Big Picture 2019

photo gallery | 32.30.19

The Big Picture 2019

Hundreds of new dams are currently planned for Central American rivers, posing a threat to Indigenous peoples and wildlife. Preserving the integrity of these corridors between mountains and sea will help them both.

photo essay | 04.09.19

Free-Flowing, For Now

photo essay | 10.09.19

Free-Flowing, For Now

Restoring native crustaceans along West Africa’s Senegal River may be a critical step in controlling one of the world’s deadliest tropical diseases.

video | 03.17.19

Protected by Prawns

video | 23.17.19

Protected by Prawns

Australia’s corals may get all the headlines, but the country’s kelp-dominated temperate reefs are at least as important and imperiled. Now they're finally getting the restoration focus they deserve.

photo essay | 01.25.19

The Unsung Reef

photo essay | 26.25.19

The Unsung Reef

Community-led conservation has taken root in Papua New Guinea. Now the plan’s architects must ensure that ecological protection and economic prosperity can coexist.

article | 01.08.19

Where the Rainforest Meets the Road

article | 54.08.19

Where the Rainforest Meets the Road

As China prepares to unveil its brand-new national park system, the country—and the world—holds its breath to see how conservation will play out under this authoritarian regime.

article | 12.18.18

Green Glove, Iron Fist

article | 57.18.18

Green Glove, Iron Fist

In Bangladesh, a bat-borne virus you've probably never heard of is poised to become the next pandemic—and medicine alone may not be sufficient to stop it. Is an ecological intervention the answer?

article | 12.12.18

The Reservoir

article | 39.12.18

The Reservoir

Kangaroo Island’s iconic animals are orphaned all too often by speeding cars. But a dedicated group of volunteers is working to save as many survivors as possible.

spotlight | 08.28.18

Raising Joey

spotlight | 02.28.18

Raising Joey

From climate change to a border wall, the oft-overlooked but vital scrubland plants in South Texas face myriad threats. To save them, this self-taught naturalist is taking matters into his own hands.

article | 08.15.18

Borderland Rebellion

article | 54.15.18

Borderland Rebellion

On the island of Nauru, a young noddy hunter practices a skill that’s been passed down for centuries—one that now requires more patience.

spotlight | 05.08.18

By the Skin of His Teeth

spotlight | 03.08.18

By the Skin of His Teeth

From the beautiful to the bizarre, this photographic showcase of life on Earth shines a light on some of our planet's most amazing species and places.

photo gallery | 05.01.18

The Big Picture 2018

photo gallery | 23.01.18

The Big Picture 2018

After decades of forest loss, conservation efforts are underway to protect both Sri Lanka’s local livelihoods and the island nation’s (in)famous endemic tree dweller.

Spotlight | 04.10.18

Playing with Fire

Spotlight | 34.10.18

Playing with Fire

A decades-long debate over protection of the lesser prairie-chicken could usher the Endangered Species Act into a new era.

immersive | 03.13.18

A Grand Experiment on the Grasslands

immersive | 43.13.18

A Grand Experiment on the Grasslands

After more than 30 years, genetically engineered salmon may be coming to a store near you. Is that good or bad news for the planet?

article | 02.13.18

One Fish, Two Fish, Strange Fish, New Fish

article | 06.13.18

One Fish, Two Fish, Strange Fish, New Fish

With the threats of poaching and deforestation mounting, some start-ups are taking a high-tech approach to the world’s most pressing conservation issues.

article | 01.30.18

Tech Support for an Ailing Planet

article | 03.30.18

Tech Support for an Ailing Planet

In Mongolia, the conflict between preserving wilderness and conserving culture is coming to a head.

article | 12.19.17

When Reindeer Can’t Roam

article | 36.19.17

When Reindeer Can’t Roam

Can the cattle industry be remade to save the Amazon rainforest?

article | 12.13.17

Better Beef

article | 56.13.17

Better Beef

In today’s world, solutions-based science and environment stories aren’t just a pleasant diversion—they’re a critical step toward a healthy future for our species.

opinion | 11.07.17

Life Stories

opinion | 37.07.17

Life Stories

Prison sustainability programs can bring science to the sentenced and their findings to the world.

article | 07.26.17

Conservation Meets Corrections

article | 32.26.17

Conservation Meets Corrections

A showcase of amazing creatures and gorgeous environments—some threatened, some thriving—from around the globe

photo gallery | 06.20.17

The Big Picture

photo gallery | 16.20.17

The Big Picture

To protect a rare Central Asian goat—and the snow leopards that depend on it—conservationists are turning to an unlikely ally: trophy hunters.

article | 06.13.17

Shoot to Save

article | 12.13.17

Shoot to Save

While President Trump considers pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate, the Arctic is telling us what’s at stake for our planet.

article | 05.31.17

On Thin Ice

article | 21.31.17

On Thin Ice

This innovative new approach to land and ocean management in the Bahamas proves that economic prosperity and ecological health can go hand in hand.

article | 05.16.17

Model Island

article | 38.16.17

Model Island

An ex-soldier of fortune takes up the fight to protect one of the world’s most heavily persecuted creatures.

conservation hero | 05.09.17

A Noble War

conservation hero | 01.09.17

A Noble War

With human-wildlife conflicts on the rise across East Africa, Kenya’s iconic predators find some unlikely allies.

photo essay | 04.11.17

Lion Guardians

photo essay | 07.11.17

Lion Guardians

In the Golden State, dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.

article | 03.28.17

Backcountry Drug War

article | 11.28.17

Backcountry Drug War

Their record-setting heft doesn't stop blue whales from being surprisingly sinuous swimmers.

spotlight | 03.21.17

Graceful Giant

spotlight | 11.21.17

Graceful Giant

Argentina’s vast Iberá wetlands lost many of their largest species decades ago. Can an audacious rewilding plan rebuild a bygone world?

article | 03.14.17

The Mending

article | 16.14.17

The Mending

Renowned sustainability expert shares ideas for addressing food shortages in Africa without compromising the health of ecosystems.

brilliant ideas | 03.14.17

How to Feed Africa Sustainably

brilliant ideas | 15.14.17

How to Feed Africa Sustainably

Feeding the world sustainably—and nutritiously—may require crops that most people have never heard of.

article | 03.07.17

Ancient Crops Find New Life

article | 55.07.17

Ancient Crops Find New Life

It’s more than a skirmish over funding, censorship, and “alternative facts.” It’s a battle for basic decency, the people we love, and the future of our planet.

opinion | 02.14.17

The War for Science

opinion | 32.14.17

The War for Science

His finches may be more famous, but this small fox also helped Darwin develop his revolutionary theory of evolution.

spotlight | 02.07.17

Darwin's Fox

spotlight | 29.07.17

Darwin's Fox

The landscape architect who became the unlikely steward of Colombia’s critically endangered one-pound monkey

article | 02.07.17

Guardian of the Cotton-top

article | 27.07.17

Guardian of the Cotton-top

Unreported catches limit our ability to manage fisheries sustainably—but not in the way you might expect.

opinion | 01.31.17

The Catch with Unreported Fish Catches

opinion | 00.31.17

The Catch with Unreported Fish Catches

Agricultural entrepreneurs want to solve the planet’s livestock-feed crisis by farming insect larvae. Will their scheme fly?

article | 01.18.17

Maggot Revolution

article | 18.18.17

Maggot Revolution

In a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale, a fish’s lips have become both its most prized asset and its greatest liability.

spotlight | 01.18.17

For the Love of Fish Lips

spotlight | 17.18.17

For the Love of Fish Lips

A dolphin frolics unperturbed in the bow wave of one of the open ocean’s clumsier and less-efficient seafarers.

spotlight | 01.10.17

Ahead of the Curve

spotlight | 16.10.17

Ahead of the Curve

What began as the seasonal arrival of just a few dozen cranes has become one of India’s most renowned wildlife spectacles.

spotlight | 12.27.16

Bird’s-eye View

spotlight | 41.27.16

Bird’s-eye View

Gypsy moths have been gaining ground in North America for 150 years. Can a caterpillar-melting virus keep them in check?

video | 12.27.16

Invisible Nature: Invasion of the Caterpillars

video | 40.27.16

Invisible Nature: Invasion of the Caterpillars

What's a community to do when outside forces and ecological realities threaten the very industry on which it's built?

article | 12.20.16

Life After Timber

article | 05.20.16

Life After Timber

A brave fisherman drags a mighty fish-out-of-water back to the relative safety of the sea.

spotlight | 11.29.16

The Return of Jaws

spotlight | 04.29.16

The Return of Jaws

How the next president responds to the world's environmental challenges will determine the fate of our world for centuries to come.

opinion | 11.08.16

American Leadership for a Sustainable Future

opinion | 41.08.16

American Leadership for a Sustainable Future

Under the watchful eye of a local biologist, the world's only wetland cat eeks out a strange existence in one of the planet's most threatened habitats.

photo essay | 10.11.16

Fishing Cat’s Cradle

photo essay | 27.11.16

Fishing Cat’s Cradle

Unlocking the ecological secrets of one of the planet’s most important salmon fisheries—and the specter of industrial development that threatens its very existence

article | 09.20.16

The Nursery

article | 32.20.16

The Nursery

Spellbound by an idea, a writer sets out to find the mythical cloud forest—and shines a bright light on an endangered ecosystem.

article | 09.13.16

A Forest Hidden by Fog

article | 16.13.16

A Forest Hidden by Fog

We see so many troubling stories about the environment that the good news often comes as a surprise. But there’s more to be hopeful about than many people realize.

opinion | 08.30.16

No Lost Cause

opinion | 27.30.16

No Lost Cause

An elusive predator returns to Europe’s mountains, helping restore nature’s balance. A French photographer stalks the Eurasian lynx.

photo essay | 07.19.16

Return of the Ghost Cat

photo essay | 38.19.16

Return of the Ghost Cat

Now more than ever, we must all quickly learn—and live by—the lessons our living world can teach us.

opinion | 07.19.16

Learning the Lessons of the Planet

opinion | 37.19.16

Learning the Lessons of the Planet

The fate of the Southeast's longleaf pine forests, and the endangered woodpeckers that depend on them, may rest in the hands of the U.S. military.

article | 06.28.16

The Birds and the Bombs

article | 12.28.16

The Birds and the Bombs

Nature could soon be imperiled by twice as many vehicles and enough new roads to encircle the planet more than 600 times.

opinion | 06.14.16

Curbing an Onslaught of 2 Billion Cars

opinion | 19.14.16

Curbing an Onslaught of 2 Billion Cars

Jonathan Foley argues that there's never been a more critical time to embrace the lessons that natural history can teach us.

opinion | 05.17.16

Remembering the Stories of Nature

opinion | 24.17.16

Remembering the Stories of Nature

Without the efforts of conservation heroes, one of the most heavily trafficked animals on the planet might go extinct—before you even know it exists.

photo essay | 05.10.16

Taking Pangolin off the Menu

photo essay | 42.10.16

Taking Pangolin off the Menu

To protect rhinos from poachers, conservation workers have taken to the air to move these massive animals quickly and efficiently to safer ground.

spotlight | 05.10.16

Rhino Relocation

spotlight | 42.10.16

Rhino Relocation

To bring medical support to mountain gorillas, a group of veterinarians brave one of the world’s most dangerous national parks.

photo essay | 04.26.16

Gorillas on the Mend

photo essay | 48.26.16

Gorillas on the Mend

For nearly a quarter century, a local marine biologist has been fighting for Haiti’s environment. It’s finally paying off.

article | 04.26.16

Conservation Hero: Jean Wiener

article | 47.26.16

Conservation Hero: Jean Wiener

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