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Piece by piece, in the face of impacts being rapidly manifested by human population growth, it's happening faster than our already overwhelmed sensory perception can process.

As urbanites flock to forests and rivers to escape coronavirus threats, trailheads are cramped with parked cars and fishing on the Madison River is like a Disneyland ride.
All pandemics in recorded human history have come via the animal kingdom. With mutations abounding and our interaction with wildlife widening, when are we finally going to address the sick animal in the room?

To forestall climate change while feeding a growing population, a new report says, agriculture must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, which come from burning fossil fuels and spreading fertilizers, from raising livestock and producing rice.

How can humanity move towards a common vision and process for achieving ecological sustainability and justice, before we suffer an irreversible catastrophic collapse of civilization?

Thanks to climate change and to the human colonization of the natural landscape, the world's wild creatures have vanishing space in which to roam.

Among the counties with the highest fire risk, six ranked among the top 10% for population growth between 2013-2018.
A decade after writing a book about agriculture's connection to climate change, Anna Lappé interviews the author of a new study that confirms we can’t bring down emissions without addressing the food system.
A new tool helps urban leaders see where more trees are needed to help vulnerable communities tackle pollution and rising heat.

As often happens, the populations that least contribute to climate change are bearing the brunt of its impacts.

Healthcare has been an integral part of the rapid growth in economic output, population, and use of resources seen in recent decades. Martin Hensher and Katharine Zywert examine some of the difficult changes that healthcare systems will need to make in the Anthropocene epoch.

If this pandemic has taught us anything it's that we cannot escape the world we have shaped.

Author and scientist Paul Behrens picks apart some of the most egregious and long-standing myths around global warming.

Top researchers at a Houston think tank arguing the state should put aside its "smart growth" strategies of higher-density homes around business centers in favor of what they call "smart sprawl."

How we eat causes dangerous climate heating. It's time to change not only our diet, but the entire global food system.

COVID-19 has sparked dramatic outmigration from cities, upending the going narrative around housing – and the forces behind the trends may be here to stay.

From Paris to Portland, cities are attempting to give residents everything they need within a few minutes of their front doors. Can it work—without leaving anyone out?
Paul Ehrlich's 1968 book The Population Bomb brought fears of overpopulation into the mainstream. Fifty years on, has it been defused, or just delayed?

In identifying the sources of insect declines, researchers pointed to the same drivers as last year: climate change, habitat destruction, pesticides and human overpopulation.

The world population is 7.7 billion. What do our growing numbers mean for economic security, climate change, environmental destruction and the likelihood of pandemics?

A first of its kind assessment of coral reefs in U.S. waters is again sounding the alarm over the continued decline of these sensitive underwater ecosystems, which scientists deem essential to the health of the world's oceans amid the environmental effects posed by human activity and climate change.

Instead of moving away from areas in climate crisis, Americans are flocking to them. As land in places like Phoenix, Houston and Miami becomes less habitable, the country’s migration patterns will be forced to change.

Climate breakdown and changes of land use have caused mammals, birds and amphibians to lose on average 18 percent of their habitat worldwide since 1700, research indicates.

Suzanne Scott, state director of The Nature Conservancy of Texas, said as the population grows, Texas communities must work together, and people need to take personal responsibility to preserve natural areas essential to the state's well-being.

Florida's population grows every year. And the state is trying to come up with ways to meet people's needs without ruining natural water resources.

A serious conversation about biodiversity must include a wide-ranging introspective on population. There's no time to lose.

Progress, loopholes and contradictions converge as the world's most populous country works to lower the odds of another global pandemic.

Rising greenhouse gas emissions from worldwide food production will make it extremely difficult to limit global warming to the targets set in the Paris climate agreement, even if emissions from fossil-fuel burning were halted immediately, scientists reported Thursday.

"Importantly, many of these characteristics of disadvantaged neighborhoods ... arise due to structural racism, environmental injustice, broken-windows policing, tax policy, educational policy and housing policy."

Meet the scholars who study civilizational collapse.