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Public park fitness groups are at risk—even as cities push soda bans.

Five business icons share how they flipped the switch on their careers—and how you can follow in their footsteps.

California’s rule requiring cars to give cyclists a three-foot berth went into effect last week. Too bad it doesn't actually keep riders safe.

A new 48 Hours documentary looks into the death of an American multimillionaire—and the bizarre trial of his wife.

Syria is an enthusiastic state sponsor of terrorism and a fiendish fan of torture and oppression. But have you tried the stuffed grape leaves? Patrick Symmes invades before the coalition of the willing can.

The case of Andrus Veerpalu, an Olympic gold medal winning Estonian cross country skier who was accused in 2011 of doping with human growth hormone, raises serious questions about WADA's credibility.

Last year in Nazaré, Portugal, the Brazilian surfer nearly drowned while trying to ride the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman. Most of the alpha males who dominate the sport say Gabeira doesn't belong in their ranks, but nothing will stop her from going back in.

For one young chief, protecting his people means embracing ecotourism.

There are two sides to the story of the biggest environmental lawsuit ever, but a new book tells only one of them.

Yosemite Valley, the birthplace of rebel climber culture is supposed to be all cleaned up and mellowed out. But as a new film shows, the outlaw spirit is alive and well.

Ernest Moniz talks to Outside about radioactive waste, SuperTrucks, dazzling solar arrays, southwestern breakfasts, and a trout stream that has to remain top secret.

The days of the Homestead Act are over. But if you’re willing to be flexible, there are still ways to get cheap—even free—land.

In the half-century since the Wilderness Act was passed, almost everything has changed. All the more reason to go wild.

Boston’s bike program prepares to take the next step—by making cycling an option for low-income riders, too.

Namibia's desert elephant population is dwindling—so why are they handing out hunting permits?

An excerpt from Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies examines the spaces between borders

A down-and-out polar bear in Argentina could use a change of scenery. Is it too late?

Three plane fuselages in a Montana river might seem like a problem, but there’s more to the accident than meets the eye.

The true story of the mountain's most horrific day, the Sherpas who paid the price, and the aftershocks that will change the mountain forever

Trapping of bobcats, coyotes, and other fur-bearing animals is on the rise—with man’s best friend the collateral damage.

Cuba. Where travelers lounge on picturesque beaches, swirl mojitos, dance til sunrise, and cruise back to their hotels in ’57 T-birds. Travelers, yes. But Americans, no. Until 2011, these indulgences were long off limits to U.S. citizens due to a Bay of Pigs–era trade embargo.  But despite the Obama Administration…

Activists have brought down five proposed dam projects on two Patagonian rivers. What does this mean for one of the world's wildest and most iconic regions?

National parks are America's greatest recreational asset. Now an overdue movement will make them even better.

It's been more than 50 years since the Colorado River regularly reached the sea. But this spring, the U.S. and Mexico let the water storm through its natural delta for a grand experiment in ecological restoration. As the dam gates opened, a small band of river rats caught a once-in-a-lifetime ride.

The UCI’s ruling on the hour record signals that the organization is ready to move into the future. And it also raises a titillating question: who would win—Cancellara or Merckx?

After joining one of the largest moving protests in history with her daughter, Katie Arnold learns that orchestrating an effective march requires more than walking.

Newly prescribed pollution limits are sure to push coal further out of the U.S. energy mix—but overseas demand might help keep coal cranking stateside.

The first county in the United States to outlaw fracking has an idea that could give environmentalists the upper hand—and deliver a major setback to big oil.

Chelsea and Hillary Clinton have teamed up to confront a new challenge—protecting the heavily poached African elephant.

Europe banned chemical-covered produce; should we follow suit?

The hit documentary Fed Up is the latest in a litany of articles and documentaries to portray sugar as dietary villain number one. But what if sugar isn't the enemy—and by focusing on its effects, we've ignored the biggest causes of our health crisis and even subverted athletic performance?

Amid the worst drought in California’s history, does the fate of the state’s salmon rest on weeding out the illegal marijuana farms?

When 24-year-old David Sneddon disappeared hiking around western China, officials chalked it up to a drowning. Only a decade later did another scenario emerge: maybe David had been kidnapped and taken to North Korea.

Green biz expert and author of The Big Pivot Andrew Winston says that how much we buy and consume may not be the root of our environmental woes.

Last September, a trekking company's guided trip through the wilds of Papua New Guinea was shattered when machete-wielding men attacked the native porters, killing two on the spot and injuring many more. The motive appeared to be robbery, but Carl Hoffman knew something else was at work—ancient tribal patterns of violence that, he knew, would inevitably be avenged

A showdown at a Utah canyon pits ATV users against the BLM. But the real operators in public-land disputes are out of view—and out to use sportsmen to advance their cause.

The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is a lawless no-man's-land where violence and suffering rage, and no one has it harder than the region's 21 million Pashtun women. Their mode of rebellion? Short-verse poems called landays.

The most hated man in bike racing wants a second chance with the public. Here's why that's not a sign of the apocalypse.

South African Johnny Olivier was just looking for an easy job to pay the bills. But after agreeing to help a buddy collect lion bones for an international wildlife-trafficking kingpin, he found himself in the middle of an unprecedented poaching scheme that involved imported sex workers, heavy gambling, bags of cash, and the slaughter of more than 30 rhinos.

Conservations want the iconic animals to roam free once again. But many ranchers believe rewilding is a really bad idea.

How the high price of down is changing the insulation market

Frustrated with complacent city officials, some bicyclists are painting their own lanes, installing signs, and making mischief intended to send a loud message to motorists: it's time to take cycling safety way more seriously.

A popular performing orca may get listed under the Endangered Species Act. Her freedom rests on the decision.

Can anything slow down Phil Robertson, the most controversial name in reality TV?

Shortsighted marketers are riding snowboarding into the ground, but there may still be hope to keep the sport alive.

The country's national parks aren't bastions of wild serenity. After all, there were more than 3,700 violent crimes in 2013 alone. But how much protection is too much?

Each spring on Costa Rica’s desolate Caribbean coast, endangered leatherback sea turtles come ashore at night to lay and hide their eggs. Poachers steal them for cash, and as Matthew Power reports, they’re willing to kill anyone who gets in their way.

The new Interior Secretary has an impressive résumé. Oil geologist, banker, president of REI. But today's Washington is a landscape without maps, and in this age of climate change and keystone, the major battles are taking place over at the EPA and State. Is greatness still possible at Interior?

Determined that Russia will put on the most lavish Winter Games in history, Vladimir Putin has spent $51 billion, quashed environmental critics, and turned one of Europe’s most beautiful natural regions into a construction zone.

The former trainer's controversial study says he can

Each summer 20,000 shining paragons of American boyhood march into the wilderness of Philmont Scout Ranch to confront an age-old question: Can the anarchy of adolescence be tamed?

New Jersey’s post-Sandy strategy: massive resistance to rising seas

The billions in federal Sandy relief will mainly be used to rebuild what was there before

With programs like the Biological Passport, the sport has made admirable progress. But more still needs to happen, including some bold new steps.

Dams removed from Western rivers get the lion share of attention, but nearly 100 dams have been removed from waterways in Northeast since 1991.

The big surprise about the return of great whites to the birthplace of Jaws? No one’s freaking out.

What would summer be without access to clean water for swimming, fishing, surfing and paddling? It would probably be about as fun as summer without access to good beer.

He's loud, he's proud, and—advisably or not—the Nuge always speaks his mind. We caught up with the 64-year-old rocker ahead of the return of his TV show, Spirit of the Wild, to talk about why he still spends his downtime hanging out in the woods.

What made this former legislative aide ditch Capitol Hill for the life of a wandering fly fisherman? The fish, of course.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife agency is making its long-awaited move to lift federal protections for the gray wolf while focusing more resources on Mexican wolf recovery. But the fate of the species remains unclear.

The paragliding community is spitting mad about a video that purports to show a paramotor provocateur chasing and assaulting an owl for nearly seven minutes. But how do you identify the guy?

What do rock-climbing heart transplant patients, Somali pirate hunters, and arctic cowboys have in common? All could be found on the big screen at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Of this year’s 217 films, these seven outdoor-focused picks were a cut above.

The climate activist was released yesterday after being incarcerated for 21 months

Mined, dammed, and sucked dry: The annual list of of the country's most endangered waterways is out—and it isn't pretty.

The new country of South Sudan is blessed with oil, water, and a safari bonanza: one of the largest, most stunning animal migrations on earth. But without roads, laws, or infrastructure, can Africa’s youngest state turn potential into stabilizing profit? Patrick Symmes joins the adventure.

Take a page out of new books from Pollan, William McDonough, and Michael Braungart

Desertification is out of control, but there may be a way to stop it

Until all is perfect on the Yucatan front, tourists must do their part to be a responsible addition to the ecotourism equation. How?

Ken Chase created a company that provides luxury tours for American conservatives. It's—this is important—not a place for angry Cambridge democrats. Also: "angry Cambridge democrat" is really redundant.

Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip, talks to Jason Fagone about the appeal of the AR-15 rifle, the link between gun love and social class, and how carrying a firearm changes the way you look at the world

Budget cuts could cause long-term damage

As rising waters lap at endangered species' heels, the most effective responses are likely found outside the scope of that landmark legislation

Though its funding ends next year, the Transit in Parks program is seeking solutions to congested parks and opening federal lands to non-motorized travel

In 1900, Chicagoans remade their city’s namesake river. Then they let it go to hell.

Hollywood sticks it to the energy establishment with the new Matt Damon and John Krasinski film

Fauja Singh is giving up marathons later this month. We spoke to him about what it's like to run at his age and why he's still doing it.

Will a pilot program meant to find a second life for pre-owned apparel and footwear get off the ground?

Travis Winn, a 29-year-old river guide based in Kunming, is working to bring people from China’s growing cities out to see the last remaining wild river in the country and, in doing so, martial their support for protecting it from a series of proposed dams