Volume 14, Number 4
You Pay or We Drill
It’s hard to charge people for not doing something. When Ecuador asked the world for $3.6 billion to not drill for oil, the world balked. But in terms of reining in carbon, Ecuador may be on to something.
By Dawn Stover
The Next Big Thing Is Really Really Small
10 ways the microbial universe could change how we go about saving species, habitats—and even the planet.
By Richard Conniff
Cities are one of the fastest growing habitat types for people—and wildlife. And more diverse urban ecosystems are inspiring creative living arrangements.
By Sarah DeWeerdt
Golden-headed lion tamarins are an endangered species turned invasive, thriving in the suburbs of Rio. They are not as wild as they might be elsewhere, but not tame either. Are we okay with that?
By James Barilla
The Footprint of Restroom Hand Dryers
By David Tyler
Synthetic Cactus Needles Draw Oil out of the Ocean
By Jennifer Wong
Concrete’s Cleaner Afterlife
The business of demolition elevates its green profile
By Megan Molteni
A Blobfish Walks into a Bar
Stand-up comedians support aesthetically challenged species
By John R. Platt
The wired wild is reshaping our relationships with other species
By Emily Anthes
Diesel exhaust keeps bees from flowers
Nature discourages shortsightedness
Is “made to order” greener than mass manufacturing?
Suburbs shine when it comes to renewable energy production
4 Quadrillion Calories Added
People avoid recycling torn and dented stuff
Fique plant fibers vanquish toxic dyes
Biodiversity falls short in “likes”
Fracking opens up space for CO2 sequestration
Where does the wild end and the city begin?
By Lyanda Lynn Haupt
We Are as Gods. We Might as Well Get Good at It.
A Review of A Case for Climate Engineering
By Dave Levitan
The Alien Aesthetic
Art from invasive plants
Fold the Flock
The Lost Bird Project’s crowd-sourced art assignment