The world’s wetlands are slipping away. This vibrant wildlife sanctuary underscores the stakes

It’s been 50 years since an international treaty to protect wetlands was created but, around the world, wetlands are still disappearing three times faster than forests.
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Scientists address myths over large-scale tree planting

Scientists propose 10 golden rules for restoring forests to maximise benefits for the planet.

The dark side of Italian hazelnut farming

As Italian hazelnut plantations expand to cater to our love of chocolate and nougat, they are leaving a bitter aftertaste on local soil, water and air.

'American Heartland' provides a window on farm country

Marie Mutsuki Mockett traveled with a team of wheat harvesters from Texas to the Dakotas, catching a rare glimpse of modern farm life and gaining valuable insight into the urban-rural divide.

Pennsylvania initiative to convert 10,000 acres of lawns into meadows, forests

Well-shorn lawns are still the norm on the grounds of parks, schools, churches, hospitals, business parks and neighborhoods.


Modesto CA-ed Almond Board answers critics of bee conditions

1.8 million colonies of bees are used by California almond growers.


Grooming forests could be making fires worse, researchers warn

Using glyphosate is a common forest management practice, but research indicates the practice may be making forests more vulnerable to wildfire.


The seeds that sleep beneath your front lawn

Two artists are on a mission to replace the monoculture of the turf lawn with “leafy green goodness” from seeds that lie dormant in the soil.

Scientists are racing to reengineer the banana before they die

A deadly fungus is spreading through banana plantations, and the cloned bananas we eat are defenseless. In labs around the world, scientists are trying to find ways to genetically alter the fruit to make it resistant.

Is our love of bamboo sustainable?

Bamboo's seemingly endless list of uses hides the fact that huge monoculture plantations are hurting the environment.


An Indonesian forest community grapples with the arrival of the outside world

Globally recognized for its outstanding biodiversity and unique cultural heritage, the Mentawai Archipelago's Siberut Island is under increasing pressure.


Minnesota will pay residents to grow bee-friendly lawns

Leaving lawns untreated and allowing flowering plants to grow can help support the endangered rusty patched bumblebee.


In Ethiopia, women and faith drive effort to restore biodiversity

Firewood and charcoal make up nearly 90 percent of household energy consumption in Ethiopia, where the reliance on fuelwood has endured despite negative environmental impacts and unsustainable growth.


Plunging monarch butterfly population seen with increasing alarm

Some factors believed to play a role: pesticides, agricultural practices such as monoculture, population growth, urban sprawl, loss of habitat, and climate change.


Are corrupt politicians behind Peru′s palm oil plantations?

In recent years, Peru's sprawling jungle has been cleared for palm oil and cocoa plantations. Conservationists say the land is controlled by private companies who acquired it through corrupt means.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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