A 30-mile canoe trip through Alaska's Tongass National Forest

The Honker Divide Canoe Route draws intrepid travelers through the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. But the lifting of logging restrictions may indelibly alter its character.
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Trump says he wants to plant a trillion trees, but mostly is focused on cutting them down

The administration’s new executive order on tree planting seems toothless. Its logging expansions are very real.

Prakash Kashwan: American environmentalism's racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.

Trump administration to announce plan to open Tongass forest to logging

The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

'Shocking': Wilderness the size of Mexico lost worldwide in just 13 years, study finds

Wilderness across the planet is disappearing on a huge scale, according to a new study that found human activities had converted an area the size of Mexico from virtually intact natural landscapes to heavily modified ones in just 13 years.


How wildfire crew camps are dealing with COVID-19

Thousands of firefighters are battling wildfires burning across the West. Are their plans to control COVID-19 working?


Nicholas Kristof: Fleeing the trolls for the grizzly bears

When “civilization” oppresses, wilderness is the best therapy.

The women fighting fire - and gender inequality - in the American wilderness

From rappelling down helicopters to leading hotshot crews, these women are driving change in the male-dominated forest service.


Op-ed: The Trump administration hates the National Environmental Policy Act

The Trump administration has now finalized major proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), rewriting the rules that govern how agencies review development projects under that landmark environmental law.

Margaret Renkl: Now we know how quickly our trashed planet can heal

Clean air, wandering goats. The pandemic is teaching us that all is not yet lost.

50 years of environmental victories, in photos

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we look at conservation milestones since the first official day celebrating our planet in 1970.

Poachers kill more rhinos as coronavirus halts tourism to Africa

Threatened and endangered animals may become additional casualties of the pandemic.

Tribal nation condemns 'desecration' to build border wall

Construction of a wall on the Arizona border is endangering sacred Indigenous sites — including an oasis that has supported human beings for the last 16,000 years.

Salvation or pipe dream? A movement grows to protect up to half the planet

Leading scientists and conservationists are proposing that up to 50 percent of the earth's land and oceans be protected in the coming decades.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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