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A scandal over radiation exposure at the national park is the latest weapon employees have used against each other in a perpetually dysfunctional workplace

A modest proposal that, at the very least, will make your community better

Outdoor athletes have plenty of influence on Instagram. Protect Our Winters wants to wield it in the halls of Congress.

Getting involved in local and state elections can lead to big changes in the fight against global warming

As John Carlos and Tommie Smith are about to be inducted in the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, others face punishment for similar acts.

Over the past ten years, more than 160 Tibetans have committed self-immolation—the act of setting yourself on fire—to protest Chinese occupation of their country. Has this had any lasting effect? In an extraordinary journey to Dharamsala, India, the center of Tibetan culture in exile, a journalist and a scholar talk to family members about the meaning and costs of the ultimate political sacrifice.

Millions around the world took to the streets to protest inaction on the climate crisis. In New York City, they got to hear from the commander-in-chief herself.

Staff members of Marie Stopes International navigate wild bulls, treacherous singletrack, and rushing rivers to make long-term birth control accessible to some of the hardest-to-access places in Nepal

Outdoor companies and major athletes are showing their support for the worldwide Youth Climate Strike today

As delegates for the UN's Climate Action Summit convene in New York, the real leaders are the young people pushing for climate justice in the streets

In a controversial move, the secretary of the interior recently decreed that motorized bikes should be allowed anywhere that standard bikes are permitted. How this will work is still being sorted out, but the world of pedal-assist riding is about to really open up.

The EPA announced plans to reduce protections for 50 percent of streams and 110 million acres of wetlands

Even as the green movement works toward building an inclusive outdoor community, anti-immigration groups are using environmental rhetoric to keep people out.

Cars may have driven us apart, but we’re natural allies. Here’s how to do your part to heal the divide.

Das Boat is a series of short films that follow a 50-year-old aluminum hull boat as it's towed all over the Southeast

It's situated next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park's largest campground and is a now an eerie piece of history

The country's Ministry of Tourism unveiled a series of proposals aimed at avoiding another disastrous, overcrowded year on the world's highest peak

After two deaths and a shift in the conversation in Colorado, advocates are cautiously optimistic that change is coming

Recycling is broken. The oceans are trashed. As the plastics crisis spirals out of control, an unlikely collection of executives and environmentalists set sail for the North Atlantic Gyre in a desperate attempt to find common ground.

A new organization thinks eminent domain is the answer to protecting the national scenic trail system. Other advocates think that idea is counterproductive.

Want to be an asshole with a hill to die on? Here are some tips and tricks to get you there.

Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale earns money from Texan billionaires while voting for their interests

'Mindless Crowd' is a reflection on humanity's relationship with its landscape and the natural world

Everything the national parks could afford to do with the money Trump's celebration took from them

Canaima National Park, sacred to the indigenous Pemón, is a marquee destination for international explorers. But the region's economic future is in doubt after forces loyal to Nicolás Maduro shot and killed longtime guide Rolando Garcia in February.

'This Land' tells the story of an ongoing case with big stakes for tribal sovereignty

In 'Hike the Line,' from Corey Robinson, these hikers share an experience that's unlike any other thru-hike

Fly-fishing expert and guide Hank Patterson is out to prove that most of the squabbling is just a misunderstanding

'Koktuli Wild' tracks a group of paddlers as they explore the intricacies of Alaska's wild-salmon populations

'When Rivers Rise' shows how India and Google are partnering to provide better intelligence to inform flood warnings and evacuations

The bipartisan Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act promises a better permitting process

Three paddlers sail to Havana in order to kayak 27 hours all the way back to Key West, Florida

Patagonia alleges that Anheuser-Busch is deliberately trying to confuse beer drinkers and profiting off the outdoor retailer's reputation as a sustainable company

But the federal agency responsible for managing more than 245 million acres of public land kept the boilerplate about the economic value of these places

But do remember that it can be a powerful mental-health tool and go beyond the whitewashed Instagram posts to focus on improving access to the outdoors for those who need it most

In America, driver convenience comes first, while just trying to stay alive on a bike is a crime

What began as a carpe diem trip has become one of the few representations of visible queerness in the outdoor world

An official investigation into ethics violations by Trump's new Secretary of the Interior was opened just four days after his confirmation

The political dispute between Russia and Ukraine combined with weather to close down the Barneo ice camp

No one has done more to sound the alarm about climate change than Bill McKibben. We asked him: is there any hope at all?

The Democratic candidate released her comprehensive plan for saving our national parks and public lands. It's impressive, even if it never comes to fruition.

America's public lands can help solve the climate crisis instead of contributing to it

Outpost wants to disrupt the outdoor gear trade show business. Our writer descended on its California festival last fall to check out the felt hat–wearing, Bulleit bourbon–sipping crowd and to find out whether the buzzy experience is anything more than an Instagram-ready fad.

Two new podcasts are telling stories about climate and environmental change—and giving us a venue for considering the future

The Acting Interior Secretary's confirmation hearing was already absurd. Then the Greenpeace protestors showed up.

The budget airline was responsible for shuttling 30 percent of the country's tourists last year. Its closing will irrevocably change how we get there—and that might be a good thing.

The wall won’t just separate two nations, it will sever the connection between a community and its native flora and fauna

The Youth Climate Strike is working to shut down schools across the country on March 15 to demand that world leaders act on preventing climate change

Grand Canyon National Park superintendent Christine Lehnertz notified park employees on March 14 that she was resigning, effective March 31. This comes weeks after a four-month investigation turned up no wrongdoing and found a series of 2018 allegations against her to be "unfounded."

A close reading of the President’s 2020 Department of the Interior budget reveals massive funding cuts for everything public-lands related—except for oil and gas

The Trump Administration plans to delist the gray wolf across the Lower 48. Here’s why that's happening and what it means for the future of the species.

Luis Benitez became the face of government’s interest in the outdoor recreation industry, one that’s larger than both the auto and oil and gas exploration industries. He sat down with 'Outside' to discuss the industry’s expanding role in politics and his own future.

The public comment period that will impact a redefinition of what's protected under the Clean Water Act is open through April 15

At last, you can see real-time availability of federal campsites on third-party apps and websites

Meet the daredevils who crossed from the Santa Elena Canyon to Big Bend National Park to make a point about unity and trust

A century-long effort to designate Indiana's first national park finally paid off last week

Meet the slackliners who traversed the Rio Grande from Mexico to the U.S. 

A compromise over Utah public land reveals how one of the biggest conservation acts in years got through the Senate this week

The lengths to which the Utah Congressman will go to avoid addressing the real issues are getting laughably extraordinary

This week saw heated public outcry over the organization's false claim of being the first to get outdoor brands to commit to inclusivity. Let's use this opportunity to enact real change.

In sharp contrast with today's administration, the 1970s were a time when our environment was seen as valuable and not a resource to be destroyed and turned into dollars

A new documentary is telling the story of the immigrants who keep ski towns running

The Kurdish region of Iraq is home to spectacular peaks, wild rivers, and fiercely hospitable people, and it could be the Middle East’s next big adventure tourism destination. But there’s one small catch: it’s still dangerous as hell.

Park rangers, wildland firefighters, and an EPA lawyer have all told me that they're worried they'll lose their jobs if they talk publicly about the shutdown

A former National Park Service ranger on why now, more than ever, national parks need protection from Washington's budget fights

Photographer Ian Tuttle visited Death Valley last week and asked tourists and locals about how they see the desert park faring a month into the government shutdown

It's anything but an unpaid vacation, especially when your job is protecting the environment

Our favorite recent releases (and a few oldies but goodies) will help you escape for at least a few minutes

Plus, a new protocol will make it more difficult for other parks to close during the shutdown

The shutdown is hampering fire prevention efforts in the state, even while the President looks to disaster-relief funds for his wall

From mountain bikers in California to snowmobilers in Montana, renegade adventurers see the shutdown as a chance to get away with anything. They need to stop.

The initiative, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is ambitious, but some in the outdoor industry argue it's the only hope for saving wild places from climate change

Eight hundred of the 2,300 Bureau of Land Management staff who remain on duty during the shutdown are dedicated to serving the oil and gas industries

Just days before Secretary Zinke left his post, the agency quietly proposed rules that would have it ignoring many Freedom of Information Act requests

Parks are being destroyed, people are dying, and no one's in charge

A man fell from Yosemite's Nevada Fall on Christmas Day

The shoes-for-good company is the latest in a string of outdoor brands taking a stand on hot-button political issues

Over 16,000 employees will go without pay and local communities will lose approximately $18 million per day

EPA proposes stripping protections from 50 percent of streams and 110 million acres of wetlands