Berfrois

If your apartment is too small and familiar to have people over, and your parks and commons are threadbare and inhospitable by incompetence or intent, you go out to restaurants. Here you find public privacy and urbane intimacy...

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Northern Kazakhstan’s City Poplars

Northern Kazakhstan’s City Poplars

In places such as Northern Kazakhstan where there are not that many deciduous trees, poplars quickly took over the environmental imagination of the locals...

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Can Norway preserve Longyearbyen?

Can Norway preserve Longyearbyen?

What was once an isolated, stable society cloaked in semipermanent darkness has been thrust to the forefront of Arctic change by rapid warming and the interests that warming precipitates...

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Raiders!

Raiders!

The evolution of mass raids from group raids happened tens of millions of years ago...

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A Sense of Multispecies Solidarity

A Sense of Multispecies Solidarity

In this era of intersecting crises, conservationists and others will be more and more motivated by a sense of multispecies solidarity...

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Extractivism in Ecuador

Extractivism in Ecuador

The substantial reorientation that occurred in Ecuador and many other Latin American countries was driven by historically high primary commodity prices during the first decade of the twenty-first century...

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A flute made from the wing bone of a griffon vulture was found…

A flute made from the wing bone of a griffon vulture was found…

The hand stencils on cave walls in Western Spain have been dated to about 65,000 years ago...

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Weathering the Pandemic

Weathering the Pandemic

Time will tell exactly how serious the pandemic’s disruption of weather-data gathering and forecasting will be...

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Indigenous groups are often the best protectors of their lands…

Indigenous groups are often the best protectors of their lands…

With more than 60 percent tree cover, Panama is one of the most forested countries in Central America...

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Ki & Kin

Ki & Kin

If the tree is ki, what about the acorns? They agree that the acorns are kin, a whole family of little beings...

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The beds turned dark brown, springy; they lifted from the earth…

The beds turned dark brown, springy; they lifted from the earth…

My shovel hit the earth with a ka-chunk. My friend and I were digging trenches to lay down a line of asparagus. We didn’t get far...

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Hellfire Badgers

Hellfire Badgers

You can tell if a sett is active by placing twigs over the opening during the day and seeing whether the twigs have been moved during the night.

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What I’M Eating

What I’M Eating

Hi. I am a popular novelist, and these are my thoughts about global warming. I grew up in a major East Coast city or perhaps some lesser, sadder place that I’ve built a relatively successful

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Driving Nepal

Driving Nepal

Underlying the concern about Nepal’s runaway road construction is the impact of opening up large, relatively unspoiled regions of the Himalayan nation to development.

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When Two Deaths Go to War

When Two Deaths Go to War

In January 2019, climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech at the World Economic Forum, warning the audience that ‘financial success come with an unthinkable price tag’

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Consuming Climate Change

Consuming Climate Change

Companies compete for consumers via the aesthetic presentation of their packaging. One type of water, for example, advertises itself as ‘artisan’ and includes a bright pink flower on the plastic wraps of its twelve packs.

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Driven. Or Not

Driven. Or Not

In 1995, comedian Denis Leary recorded a track called “Asshole,” a song about an all-American guy who likes “football and porno and books about war.”

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Change the Moral Climate

Change the Moral Climate

The U.S. now has two coal-burning power plants that avoid dumping carbon dioxide into the air.

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XR Inductions

XR Inductions

Monday is the first springlike day after a long stretch of drear, and in true mad-dogs-and-Englishmen style massive crowds are out to greet the midday sun. Swaddled in scaffolding, Big Ben is unrecognizable as it towers above the protests below.

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Sand in Your Trade

Sand in Your Trade

Oil and sand are not often commodities conjoined in discussions of global trade. The first is the motive engine of industry and transportation, fuel for heating and illumination, the spirit that animates much global politics.

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Next week: will a boy ever be born who can swim faster than a shark?

Next week: will a boy ever be born who can swim faster than a shark?

Living in the Canadian Rockies allows me ample opportunities to get out into nature. In an hour outside the city, I can be within wilderness, with no cellphone reception and no other humans.

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