Fall 2014


Volume 15, Number 3



The Future Will Not Be Dry
The most resilient coastal cities aren’t the ones that fight the water back—but the ones that absorb it.
By Fred Pearce


Please Step Out of Your Car
With imaginative, green ways of getting around the city, cars may finally go the way of the horse and buggy.
Photo Essay

DIY Glaciers
In a desert 13,000 feet above sea level, a remarkable man is taking on the global warming challenge—and winning.
By Gaia Vince


There Will Be Blood
The pressure to reach for a gun to help save one animal from another is stronger than ever. And it has triggered a conservation problem from hell.
By Warren Cornwall


Background Check


What Food Should Go Nude?
And when can packaging actually be good for the environment?
By David Tyler



Making Flight Connections
Commercial airplanes will soon track animal migration


Methane Mapping
Google Street View cars sniff out urban gas leaks


It’s solar (sort of). It’s wind (kind of). It’s nuclear (not at all).
The Solar Wind Energy Tower generates power day and night
by Dave Levitan


Think Again


Reality Is Too Confining
We know that nature experiences can change environmental behavior—but it turns out those experiences don’t have to be real.
By Amy Westervelt


Quick Study

Who’s Afraid Now? In predator-human conflicts, the thing we have to fear most is fear itself
2050 Mountain Forecast: Less Snow, More Rain
The Low-Carbon Deal That’s Almost Too Good to Be True
Air Conditioning Is Making Cities Hotter
Which Seafood Guzzles the Most Gas? (print only)
How Much Logging Can Tropical Forests Withstand?
Sunscreen: Good for People, Bad for the Ocean
How CO2-Committed Are We?
Plants Have Unexpected Response to Climate Change (print only)


The Essayist


The Interspecies Internet
Why restrict the Web to one species?
By Diane Ackerman


Mixed Media


Add a Few Species. Pull Down the Fences. Step Back.
Brandon Keim reviews Feral by George Monbiot


Bug Art
For Steven Kutcher, each insect is like a different brush


Our Changing Seas
Courtney Mattison builds ceramic coral reefs


More to the Story

Not So Itsy-Bitsy Spiders in the City
If a Tree Falls in the Forest, How Many People Get Sick?
A Kinder, Gentler Haber-Bosch
Exporting Emissions
The First Edible-Insect Farm

1 Comment

  • Truman Young November 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Dear Editor,

    I read with fascination the story about one Indian man’s work to create frozen water storage (not actually ‘glaciers’, but let’s not quibble), allowing more agriculture to occur in arid parts of the Himalayas. This is great news for farmers trying to scratch out a living on some truly awful agricultural land, but I looked in vain for what it had to do with conservation, and especially why someone from the World Wildlife Fund would be praising an activity that appears to only be bad for wildlife. (Are there wetlands being formed that support endangered species? If so, there is no mention of it.) Then I noticed that most of your stories had only tangential relationships with conservation. Curious, I went to your web page and read your mission statement, and sure enough, biodiversity conservation is not at its core. Instead, Conservation “features success stories about smart science and technological solutions to the big environmental problems of our time”. That is great, but perhaps you should change the name of your magazine to something a little more honest. This shift appears to have been gradual; up until about five years ago the majority of articles were indeed about biodiversity conservation. You do have a great magazine with great articles, they just are rarely about conservation anymore. I think I will not be renewing. There is no need to reply and give your reasons why you think that there is no disconnect between your magazine’s name and its content. I can pretty much guarantee you I will not be convinced.

    Truman Young

    P.S. What is the “required” website about?


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