Nature

You Need a Braincation

1. Increased attention span. A 2008 study by University of Michigan psychologists found that walking outside or even 

Why Can't We?!

Why can't we create plants that trap CO2 permanently? Why can't we just mount solar panels to our cars instead of using gasoline? Our writers break down these and three other...

Biggest Pipeline Protest Yet at White House

No one expected it to get this big. Yesterday, a whole lot of people gathered in Washington, DC, and encircled the White House to protest Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile oil pipeline that, if approved...

Why Can't We: Divert Floodwater to Drought Regions

Sounds sweet. Instead of letting the Mississippi River overflow its banks, how about sending a few billion gallons to the parched Southwest? The first barrier is the environment. Flooding...

Why Can't We: Predict Earthquakes

Because we don’t know enough about plate tectonics. “We basically have a 50-year-old science, compared with most other sciences, which are hundreds of years old,” says Chris...

Do Diligence

There are 1.6 million nonprofits in the U.S., but only a small number are rated by groups like Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org)...

Why Can't We: Take Sunscreen in a Pill

While humans can’t pop a capsule to protect our cells from UV damage, it could happen someday if scientists can figure out a natural process that occurs with many forms of ocean coral....

David Milarch

David Milarch discovered his calling as a tree evangelist during a near-death experience from renal failure 19 years ago. “When I came to, there was a ten-page outline that I don’t...

Dan Morrison

Dan Morrison understands the power of face time. While traveling through India in 2006, he met a woman who said her earthquake-ravaged community needed a well but didn’t have the $5,000...

How We Picked Them

To compile our list of top philanthropies, we polled everyone from fellow journalists to independent experts who keep track of nonprofits all over the world, and we used Facebook and Twitter to...

Why Can't We: Genetically Modify Plants to Eat Up CO2

Plants take in a lot of CO2 and release a lot of oxygen. And while they’re doing this good deed, they trap carbon for the life of the plant. But when, say, a huge tree falls over and dies,...

IOBY

BY THE NUMBERS: IOBY (In Our Back Yards) has raised more than $130,000 for 100 neighborhood environmental projects in New York since 2009.WHO...

Climate Counts

BY THE NUMBERS: 150 major companies, from Disney to General Electric, are rated annually on their climate practicesWHO'S IN CHARGE: Mike Bellamente, 35, who led a team from the U.S....

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