Environment

How Wolves Change Rivers

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred.

Ruminants & Methane

Ever wondered if livestock are really contributing to rising atmospheric methane levels and climate change? Australian soil scientist Dr. Christine Jones busts this myth.

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  • Here’s What Indonesia Is Doing About Haze From Forest and Peatland Fires

    Two years ago, Indonesia experienced the largest fire event in modern human history, with more than 2.5 million hectares (6 million acres) of tropical landscape burning, emitting more greenhouse gases than all of Germany does in a year. But the most visible sign of the disaster was the haze that spread across a huge swath of Asia; the particulates in the smoke sullying the air that tens of millions of people breathed. According to one study, the haze resulted in an estimated 100,000 deaths.

  • The 12 Forward Thinkers Changing Style and Sustainability

    These people, from all different industries, all have one thing in common: They're at the forefront of style and sustainability, and want to be part of the solution. They're retrofitting factories and building stores that rely on clean energy and emit less of the carbon contributing to global warming.

  • Fashion Waste Poised to Become Environmental Crisis

    Industry experts estimate people wear their clothes for less than three years before discarding them. You may reduce pollution from your clothing by purchasing brands that take steps to clean their supply chain, being mindful how you wash your clothes and installing a microfiber filter in your washing machine.

  • OCA and the True Potential of Organic Cotton

    A prosperous organic cotton sector benefits everyone—from farmer to consumer. To realize the sector’s potential, we need to bring about the conditions that will allow the crop that safeguards the environment and enhances farmer livelihoods to flourish.

  • Towards a Climate-beneficial Wardrobe

    While “ethical” clothing is a good start, there’s so much further that we could potentially go. A regenerative, regional textile system could revitalize local economies and rural livelihoods, reconnect farmers, weavers, designers, and wearers in a mutually supportive web of relationships, take toxins out of our waterways and off our skins, and provide us with beautiful, durable garments far more meaningful than the $5 t-shirt that gets tossed after a few months.

Restoration of China's Loess Plateau

In hindsight, it is possible to see what happened to this region: deforestation on a large scale. Few seemed to actually believe that serious rehabilitation was possible.  However, a fundamental lesson was learned through the Loess Plateau rehabilitation: It is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems including those that have been degraded over the course of centuries or even millennia.

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