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The Endling: Watching a Species Vanish in Real Time
On the frontlines of extinction in the Gulf of California, where the vaquita faces its final days.
How Canadian Cops Ended a Decade-Long Fight Over How to Manage the World's Polar Bears
Over the last 10 years, the poaching and trafficking of animal products has become the fourth-highest-grossing crime in the world. But because wildlife crime is not bound by national borders and each country has its own rules and ideas, its management and policing has become unwieldy at best.
The Great, Chaotic Biochar Experiment
Australian plant ecologist Brenton Ladd wants to reengineer the notoriously nutrient-poor soils in the Amazon, and, in the process, save the world's trees. But first, he has to convince Peruvian farmers and non-profits—and occasionally, his own research team—that he's not just another gringo with a strange idea.
In Fairmont City, a Long History of Industry and Immigrants
"This is where we make our living. This is how we live."
Higher Risks, Fewer Protections for America's Immigrants
By virtue of both income and ethnicity, new Americans have the odds stacked against them when it comes to finding a healthy place to live.
The Death Penalty in America: A Lethal History
In colonial Virginia, authorities could hang settlers for a crime as small as stealing grapes or killing a neighbor's chicken. The penal code in America's first colony was, in fact, so harsh its governor eventually reduced the number of capital offenses out of fear that settlers would refuse to live there. Since then, the number and severity of crimes punishable by death in the United States have fluctuated; today, the death penalty is still legal in 31 states. Here are some of the critical turning points in the history of capital punishment in America.
A Guide to the Hidden Political Poetry of the American Midwest
Celebrating three poets whose work is as trenchantly political as anything on an op-ed page: a poetry of labor, of representation, of hope.
Standing Rock and the Power and Determination of Indigenous America
The movement in Standing Rock was a vision of ourselves, as Native people: imperfect, beautiful, alive in the face of colonialism, and still rising.
Making a Run for It: Meet Some of the First-Time Female Candidates Running for Office in the Wake of the Trump Presidency
The underrepresentation of women in government is not just bad for women; it's bad for democracy.