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With funding from the federal government, Zion and other parks are swapping in electric shuttle buses and adding charging stations for visitors’ electric vehicles, putting the park system on the cutting edge of green technology

What is environmental justice, and why should trail runners care?

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

Although the concept has been OK'd, that doesn't mean it will be implemented. Here's what former government officials, local guides, and environmental experts told Outside about its possible implications on Africa's highest peak.

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

MountainFlow Eco-Wax scored thousands of dollars from a powder-slaying investor on the reality-TV show

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.

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

An award-winning science fiction writer paints a compelling — and rather disturbing — vision of running in the near future.

Plastic Tides, a nonprofit based in Bermuda, uses paddleboards to enlighten and inspire kids to move toward a plastic-free future

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.

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

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

The mountain-bike community needs to focus less on access and more on climate change

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

Here’s the environmental impact of a pair of sneakers, and a look at a few companies making the running shoe industry more sustainable.

With 'The Forests of California,' naturalist and artist Obi Kaufmann aims to deepen environmental literacy. He also argues that this cataclysmic time is an opportunity.

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

“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

Carbon offsets are confusing, and many people wonder how—or if—they even work. Hoping to find a more guilt-free way to travel, frequent flier Tim Neville heads to the ranchlands of Montana to see what an offset looks like on the ground. Hint: it involves cows.

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for governor, threatens the state's unique angler-access regulations

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

These recent releases feature stories of gritty heroines on journeys through threatened wild landscapes

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

Rising temperatures, extreme weather, degraded air quality, and ravaged ecosystems could hold catastrophic consequences for endurance sports.

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

Our senior digital marketing manager, Katie Cruickshank, currently owns two of these trowel-knives and can’t get enough of them. The concave blade works as a shovel and has a sharp slicing edge and a serrated edge for different cutting needs. Cruickshank especially likes the knife’s burly look.

'Common Ground,' narrated by photographer Jimmy Chin, reminds us that turning a passion for the outdoors into action requires a plan

The Ohio waterway that so famously caught on fire in 1969, inspiring the Clean Water Act, caught fire again this week

In 'The Next Great Migration,' journalist Sonia Shah explores the hidden history of human and animal movement

The good news: you can easily opt for a greener bank so your money works for good

During a week of historic decisions, the Supreme Court decided that an energy company can drill under the Appalachian Trail

Between a global pandemic, protests against police brutality, and unprecedented environmental rollbacks, a lifelong asthmatic reflects on how 2020 is the year we must come to terms with the tenuous nature of this simple act—and why ensuring our fragile future begins with protecting our air

Understanding the interface between humankind and wildlife is essential to averting infectious-disease outbreaks. We can't afford to ignore it anymore.

Our lands and waters are fundamental to our heritage, health, and culture. We must invest in them.

The Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, 73 to 25, allocating billions to recreation

John Ackerman has spent millions procuring a majority of the known caves in Minnesota, which add up to dozens of miles of underground passageways and likely make him the largest cave owner in the U.S. He collects and charts them in the name of preservation, but his controversial methods have created many opponents.

Brush up on your knowledge before you hit the waves

'Recycled to Ride' features New Hampshire surfer and shaper Korey Nolan building boards out of trash he's collected

Rose Marcario was one of the most vocal and progressive leaders in the outdoor industry

According to a new analysis by the Center for American Progress, his administration has removed or is attempting to remove protections from areas of public land equivalent to the size of Florida

We asked professional photographers for the skills you can practice in your own neighborhood

The Navajo Nation has the highest known rate of coronavirus in the country. The scale of the tragedy can be traced to a long history of denying the tribe's legal right to water access.

The pandemic has shut down the most polluting industries around the world and turned us all into more adaptable consumers. That still isn't enough.

In an excerpt from his new book, 'In Praise of Walking,' Shane O'Mara delves into the science behind an activity that human beings often underestimate

The best documentaries from this year's film festivals look at quixotic quests and devastating disasters

Why are two outdoor industry giants lending their support to a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Trump Administration's assault on clean air standards? It's good business.

The massive global demonstrations planned for its 50th anniversary were canceled. Luckily, there's still plenty that environmentalists can do from home.

From poetry to nonfiction, these books celebrate everything we love about our planet

This year's most at-risk rivers, the Lower Missouri and Upper Mississippi, provide water for millions of people in the Midwest

Surfers Belinda Baggs, Liz Clark, and Moona Whyte​​​​​​​ reflect on their relationship to conservation

For those without a green thumb who want an inexpensive way to grow indoor plants, succulents are the way to go. We put these cuttings in a pot with well-draining, damp soil, and they’re still thriving six months later. Succulents do well inside and generally only need a light watering…

Video producer Emily Reed uses this kit to grow mushrooms because it’s easy to care for and comes with everything you need, including organic soil with oyster mushroom spawn and a spray bottle. Bonus: this makes for a simple, kid-friendly project.

Lessons from Wendell Berry, Wallace Stegner, and my neighborhood trees

The architect Charles Bello has spent the past 52 years restoring forests from logging and protecting the land on his 400-acre Bello Ranch in Northern California. Here's what he's learned along the way.

Electric vehicles are becoming popular among the environmentally conscious, but are they realistic for road trips to more remote destinations? I took my Tesla to Utah to find out.

Get these products for a future trip and their companies will give back to those most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

The coronavirus package is a missed opportunity to take meaningful action on carbon emissions, putting us decades behind on climate action

Is it tone-deaf to talk about climate right now? Or is this an opportunity to tackle major global problems in tandem?

Ensure your winter gloves last as long as possible with a little TLC

Last year the jackpot was $311,652. Watching ice melt just got really interesting.

As the temperatures warm, heavier snow is likely to become the new normal

The latest film adaptation of Jack London's classic novel is a kid-friendly reminder that wild spaces are important. Harrison Ford, the film's star, is a bit more blunt.

A little goes a long way (for your ego)

'Where I Belong' tracks the affection for wilderness that environmental lobbyist Chris Hill has and what she's doing to defend it

Big brands are investing more and more resources in delivery and curbside pickup. Convenient? Maybe. Good for us? Maybe not.

Allegations of abuse have surfaced at a Bangladeshi factory whose multinational owner manufactures for some of the most popular outdoor brands we love. Here's why that should surprise no one.

With over 8,000 different "sustainable" hotel certifications, how do you know what's greenwashing and what's the real deal? We consulted experts to find out. 

Sustainable finance has finally hit the big time. Is it time to risk your wallet to save the planet?

In 'Cat Tale,' a longtime environmental journalist documents the dramatic saga that brought this state animal back from the brink of extinction

You don't have to spend a lot to show someone you care

Analyzing cuts to the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Land and Water Conservation Fund

First Bears Ears, now Slickrock. Why should we trade high-value recreation for low-value extraction in Utah's mountain-bike mecca?

Anxiety, hypochondria, OCD, and travel might sound like a recipe for disaster. But I've seen the world despite my mental health. Here's how I manage my mind on the road.

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