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If it seems like you’ve been hearing about lakes and beaches closing down more often, you’re right. Various types of toxic algae are multiplying like crazy in bodies of water across the country, and stopping them won’t be easy.

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report made clear this week, we’re going to need to give up some of the things we love if we don’t want much more taken away

The multi-use Lost Sierra Route will link underserved mountain communities, providing recreational adventures and economic sustainability

Democrats in Congress are pushing for a federal jobs program that would tackle climate, land use, infrastructure, and more. Here’s why it’s so urgent.

Despite GOP rhetoric, selling America’s largest rainforest to China was actually bad business

The River Democracy Act will establish Oregon as the country’s undisputed leader in permanent river protection.

Our ethics columnist weighs in on balancing conservation and enjoyment

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Bringing a reusable water bottle or coffee mug is just the start

But there’s still hope if we start managing water differently and addressing climate change, both of which are making dry spells more extreme

You might think that British Columbia’s oldest forests are protected from commercial interests. You’re wrong.

 Mabon wants to take responsibility for humankind’s gluttony for plastic products

Competence wins, as Biden’s Interior Secretary acts to protect America’s last great wilderness

Here’s how President Biden plans to address climate change, pollution, and public lands in the greatest detail we’ve seen so far

We need more access to public lands. Reclaiming damaged landscapes like old mines and former nuclear sites can be a powerful part of the answer.

I study climate change, and my work left me depressed and suicidal. Then my dad got cancer.

Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan saw our relationship to the planet in a new way after a series of remarkable adventures

The state just passed a law calling for 90 percent of its wolf population to be killed. It’s based on fear and lies.

A 14-woman crew sets out on a mission to test microplastics levels in remote regions of the world’s oceans

Hunting twisters made Jennifer Brindley Ubl feel deeply inspired—until it scared her to death

By the late 1990s, the Chinook salmon of Oregon’s Lostine River were nearly gone. Now a collaboration of hard work is paying off.

The 46th president made big promises to move the United States toward a carbon-free future. What he’s accomplished so far has been impressive, but can he keep up the momentum?

The new secretary of the interior shares her plans to listen to historically underrepresented communities and address deferred maintenance projects—plus, what makes a national park her favorite

Edgar McGregor started cleaning up Eaton Canyon near Los Angeles in May 2019, and he didn’t stop until it was spotless nearly two years later. We talked to McGregor about how to stay motivated to take care of the earth.

Two new books, ‘Under the Sky We Make’ and ‘Overheated,’ lay out a plan to overcome our cynicism and anxiety and realize a sustainable, carbon-free future

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This Swedish export combines jogging or hiking with picking up trash. What’s not to love?

A recent incident involving a renowned wildlife photographer allegedly baiting foxes at Grand Teton sheds light on a larger issue

The bird—one often raised in captivity and released for the express purpose of being shot—is responsible for providing wildlife habitat across much of the America’s heartland

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From backcountry wildlife rehabilitation to spearfishing for invasive species, adventure lives at the intersection of conservation and recreation in Florida

The shrub-steppe of central Washington’s Columbia Basin is a land of rich biodiversity, vibrant communities, and poignant beauty

Republican senators used the hearing to air conspiracy theories, lie, and point fingers at Biden nominee for issues they themselves are responsible for

The billionaire philanthropist has thrown his wealth at some of the world’s most intractable problems, drawing both praise and criticism along the way. His approach to tackling the climate crisis is no different.

Here’s one way to use a flashlight that you might not have thought of

Volatile weather has created dangerous conditions for backcountry skiers and set up the West for a bad water year. With climate change exacerbating the situation, it’s time to start assuming the worst for our winters and making plans to adapt. 

Right-wing politicians and media are trying to scapegoat frozen wind turbines for the state’s power disaster. Their claims couldn’t be more inaccurate and irresponsible.

As Jeff Bezos steps away from Amazon to focus his attention on initiatives like his year-old Earth Fund, it’s instructive to look at the impact of billionaire environmental philanthropy and how it could be more effective

This PSA from Mother Earth warns that although the pandemic has reached a breaking point, there is still time to reverse the planet’s damage

For over a decade, TJ Watt has been shooting photos of disappearing forests in Canada's westernmost province. This striking before-and-after series may help protect what's left.

Researcher Ken Balcomb has spent more than half his life studying the iconic killer whales of Washington’s San Juan Islands and raising awareness about their struggle for survival. Now he may have run out of time.

From beaches and bays to ruins and sugar mills, this time lapse of the Virgin Islands is a breathtaking virtual adventure

This time lapse shows the removal of a dam on the Middle Fork of Nooksack River, located near Bellingham, Washington

Despite rhetoric from Republicans, the shift toward renewable energy actually brings substantial, nationwide economic benefits—and it'll help the oil and gas industry, too

In its first weeks, the Biden administration has prioritized justice and equity in its plan to protect the environment and tackle the climate crisis. That's great, but now is not the time for the rest of us to get complacent.

'Guardians of the River' explores what the biggest dam removal in history means for clean water, food sovereignty, and justice

From day one, the new administration has showed itself to be in favor of protecting the wild spaces and species we love

Improvisational tunes set to the sounds of insects

In one fell swoop, President Biden is undoing his predecessor's most harmful work on public lands, climate change, clean air and water, and environmental justice

The end of the Trump administration can't come soon enough for our climate and public lands. Thankfully, there are a series of actions our new president can immediately take to begin undoing the damage.

Drawing only three bidders and $14 million, the administration's attempt to drill for oil in the massive Alaskan refuge is likely dead on arrival

One of the great environmental writers of our time, he explored how we live justly with each other and with the earth

Season Equipment is trying to break the cycle of new gear every year

It showed up, attracted a flood of selfie seekers, and disappeared four days later. But now, after death threats and a federal investigation, it's with BLM officials trying to figure out where it came from in the first place.

The 35th generation New Mexican will oversee public lands, national parks, Native American affairs, and more

In the spell of a week, a mysterious monolith appeared in the Utah desert and was subsequently removed by some slackline bros. The saga has raised more questions than answers.

Across the West, fire season lasts longer and has become more intense than any time in history—tens of thousands of structures burn every year, and dozens of people die. But new research is highlighting a different problem: those who survive are never the same.

In its final months, Trump's Department of the Interior shows its true colors by rushing through drilling leases in Alaska and rewriting major components of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act

With a key list of Land and Water Conservation Fund projects missing, political subterfuge threatens the bipartisan legislative achievement

Today’s battles over climate change and fracking share a common origin: the timber wars of the Pacific Northwest

Grant Horton and Michael Stevens take on a seemingly pleasant journey around Washington D.C. only to be hit with many environmental hurdles.

The marine biologist has become a leading voice in the movement by deftly communicating what few people understand: that cleaning up the planet requires a commitment to social justice

Taking care of our planet shouldn't be a partisan issue. These activist-athletes think the flag might help bridge the divide.

A lesson for the Department of the Interior staff: you can’t delete official tweets

“America’s Amazon” is being sold to China, at a huge cost to the environment, and a net loss to taxpayers

Jeremy Jones, the king of freeriding, wants to unleash the political might of the 50 million Americans who love our natural playgrounds

It was a roller coaster of a summer for Alaska's most controversial extraction project. In July, it looked all but certain that the salmon-threatening proposal would get its first federal permit. But then things took a surprising turn.

Even in traditionally conservative states like Montana and Wyoming, no single issue unites centrist voters in 2020 more than public-lands protection. That's one reason Montana Republican senator Steve Daines has spent the past 18 months trying to convince voters he's a reliable conservationist. Critics say it's mere "greenwashing," but his success may decide the balance of power in Washington.

A guide to key ballot measures and Senate and House races that will have huge impacts on the way we address climate change

As the mountains thaw, rocks are coming loose from the ice, increasing the risk of injury or death for even the most experienced mountaineers

The villainous BLM boss appears to have survived a court ouster, further threatening Trump's oil agenda

These maps are packed with information about current conditions. All you need to know is how to interpret them.

Chris Watson, the legendary field recordist for David Attenborough’s films, says this is a unique opportunity to discover the art and pleasure of hearing our world

An urban food writer chases deer in the backcountry with two of Instagram’s female hunting stars—and comes home transformed

In a new era of menacing blazes, there are lessons to be learned from the people who stay and defend their properties

This six-part series explores the history of California's forests and the increasing threat of wildfires across the state

A federal court just ruled that the BLM's leader was serving illegally, with plans to reconvene next week to consider if all of his actions were illegal, too

A professional snowboarder's quest to find a united path forward on climate policy through a shared love of the outdoors

This six-part series explores the history of California's forests, as well as the increasing threat of wildfires across the state

This fire season is yet another sign that we can't wait any longer to fix our planet