Climate

 Willamette River in Portland, Oregon

View of the Willamette River overlooking downtown Portland. (Vicki Deng/Reed College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Reed College
While Portland is known for its progressive politics, the nearby Williamette River revealed environmental neglect, spurring a grassroots energy for reform.
Buds on tamarisk trees

Tamarisk trees provide nesting habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatchers in Arizona. (Photo by Rachel Charlton/Cronkite News)

Arizona State University
Fighting nature with nature seems like a good idea – unless nature doesn’t care about geography. A 20-year-old federal decision to use a beetle to slow the spread of an invasive shrub is hurting an endangered songbird.
Orangutans

(Su Neko/Creative Commons)

Health In Harmony
"Our over-consumption of Earth’s resources has destroyed animal habitats, polluted the environment, and decimated wildlife populations. Humans created this crisis. We are also able to stop it."
SustainUS
On Dec. 5, the World Bank will announce its post-2020 climate goals. As a member of Generation Z, this is personal.
Alaska mountain landscape with glacier in foreground

We will need innovative thinking to keep beautiful glaciers like this one around. (Ashley Gallagher/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
A team of engineers have big plans to prevent the collapse of the world's ice sheets — and it could be the largest civil engineering project ever attempted.

March Point refineries above Anacortes, Wash., with Fidalgo and Padilla Bay views. (Dana/Creative Commons)

George Washington University
A look at the implications of the UN’s new climate change research and what you can do about it.
World leaders enter to speak at the Global Commission on Adaptation

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva enter the Hall of Knights. (Molly Glick/Northwestern University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
This Tuesday marked the launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation, an environmental initiative led by Bill Gates, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva.
A sign on the side of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theater, across from summit headquarters in the Moscone Center, offers an important message for attendees of the “Global Climate Action Summit.” (Aaron Dorman/Medill)
Northwestern University
What were the main commitments and news items to come out of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September?
Alaska sunset

A sunset photo from on board the National Geographic Sea Lion, during my recent life-changing trip to Alaska. (Photos by Katherine Baker/Columbia University)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Columbia University
Next in our Alaska series: While many still find climate change up for debate, perhaps the way to engage and persuade these individuals is by focusing on its effects in their own communities rather than in far away places.
Inian Institute

The Inian Islands Institute, dubbed the “hobbit hole” by its residents, sits in a remote area near where the Inside Passage meets the Gulf of Alaska. This patch of land has been a hotbed of human activities for centuries; from Tlingit summer fishing camp to fox farm homestead. Now in the hands of scientists the land is used as an ecological research field camp. (Photos by Shandra Furtado/George Washington University)

George Washington University
In this photo essay, part of our Stories of Alaska series, learn about a climate and nature research center hidden among the temperate forests speckled along Alaska's southeastern coast: the Inian Islands Institute.

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