Environment

Carribean sargassum
Besieged by Sargassum, Caribbean Islanders Are Looking for Solutions

Sargassum provides habitat for hundreds of species and food for turtles. But when it chokes the coastline, it’s a sea-life killer that smothers shallow-water habitats.

vegan leather
No, Vegan Leather Is Not Greenwashing

Despite what you may have read in a few viral Twitter threads, animal leather is not more sustainable than vegan leather.

algae bloom
Danger Looms Where Toxic Algae Blooms

Animal agriculture is the primary source of nutrient pollution to Great Lakes waters. Yet billions spent on clean up strategies aren’t working.

dairy cow
What Are the Environmental Impacts of Dairy Farming?

The global dairy industry is responsible for rising rates of water and air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and degraded farmland.

farmed animals in drought
Millions of Factory Farm Animals Are Living in Drought. Here’s What That Looks Like.

“We’re in an apocalyptic phase for animals in CAFOs.”

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Humans Destroying Ecosystems: How to Measure Our Impact on the Environment

Human activities like industrialized animal farming are causing the destruction of ecosystems worldwide, including as many as 1 million plant and animal species.

‘Our Oceans Are Not Getting Any Healthier’: Conservationists React to Failed High Seas Treaty Talks

A UN treaty to protect international waters has been delayed for the fifth time.

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Grouse Hunting Persists Despite Record of Damage to Wildlife and Environment

Grouse hunting kills hundreds of thousands of animals each year in the U.K. and releases 260,000 tons of carbon.

Midwest Journalism Fund
Announcing New Midwest Journalism Fund

Sentient Media is launching a new $10,000 fund and training program to support journalists in the Midwest who report on environmental and agricultural issues.

cashmere goats
What Is Cashmere Made of and Why Shouldn’t You Buy It?

Intensive farming may have made cashmere more affordable, but overgrazing has also led to widespread environmental damage and animal suffering.

Land burned to be cleared for animal agriculture in September near Porto Velho
Amazon Deforestation: Why Is the Rainforest Being Destroyed?

Deforestation continues to wipe out the Amazon rainforest at alarming rates — threatening to release climate emissions and wipe out wildlife and Indigenous communities.

shorebird
Avian Flu Could Hit Latin America Next, Shorebird Researchers Warn

The avian influenza is a growing source of concern for Latin American researchers, since its high pathogenicity represents a risk of infection for migratory shorebirds.

sanctuary cow
New Study Confirms — Again — Plant-Based Is Better for the Planet

University of Oxford researchers examined 57,000 foods and deemed plant-based options better for the environment than meat.

deforestation
What Are the Causes and Effects of Deforestation?

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, especially clearing land for cattle and soy to feed farmed animals.

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Bees Can Almost Certainly Feel Pain, According to Science

A new study shows bees not only experience pain but can make decisions about whether to endure pain for reward.

beef cattle quebec
How Does Livestock Farming Affect Climate Change?

Animal farming is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and nitrous oxide.

ocean life
Overfishing Urgently Needs Reeling in to Cope With Climate Change

Researchers say officials must do more to curb overfishing, including curtailing industrial fishing to protect marine life.

Madagascar Deforestation
How Does Agriculture Affect Deforestation?

While there are many drivers of deforestation, a leading cause is animal agriculture.

sea turtle
The Oceans Are Under Attack. What Can We Do to Protect Them?

Even the most protected parts of the ocean “allow for some degree of extractive use, and some are even completely open to commercial fisheries.”

community farm
In California, Water Wars Threaten Local Food Systems

Water disputes can harm community food systems. But resolving these fights is no simple feat.

Gen Z: The Future of the Planet Is in Their Hands

Our planet is in trouble. Younger generations, like Generation Z, born between 1997 and 2012, are taking action.

coyote
New Coalition Aims to Outlaw ‘Barbaric’ Wildlife Killing Contests

Hunters believe the killing contests help maintain balance in local ecosystems, but advocates say they are often used to protect farming interests.

dolphins
In Captivity, Dolphins Live Shorter, Less Natural Lives

In the wild, dolphins spend their lives surrounded by other dolphins. But in captivity, life looks very different, and their health often suffers as a result.

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Deforestation in Amazon and Cerrado Reaches Record High

Officials say fires burning in the Amazon and Cerrado to clear land for soybean production—the primary ingredient in animal feed—have reached an all-time high.

parrot
In Central America, Local Communities Help Parrot Species Avoid Extinction

The illicit trade in wild birds, particularly scarlet macaws and yellow-naped parrots, has put many native species at risk of extinction.

biodiversity
Sixth Great Extinction Isn’t Getting the Attention It Deserves

The climate and biodiversity crises are equally important and entirely interconnected. But experts say the media isn’t giving biodiversity the attention it deserves.

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Inside David Attenborough’s Journey to the Center of the Climate Movement

For years, he inspired curiosity and awe for the natural world in ways that no other television presenter had done before. But recently, the tone of his films has changed.

climate change pandemic
Climate Change Could Give Rise to Next Global Pandemic

A new study finds that as climate change pushes wildlife into closer contact with humans, zoonotic diseases will be able to spread more easily.

black bears
North Carolina Lifts Hunting Ban in Bear Sanctuaries

The decision was met with backlash from opponents, who favor interventions that address the human side of the problem.

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Animals Are Going Extinct—But It’s Not Too Late

As human activity continues to encroach on the natural world, more and more species are being put in harm’s way.