If you live in the Western U.S., you’ve probably woken up to an August or September morning like this: The sun rises orange through a pinky-brown haze, the wind blowing through your open window smells like burning plastic and the air quality on your IQAir app blazes red for “Unhealthy.”
Every year, the counterculture festival Burning Man takes over Black Rock Desert in Nevada, where tens of thousands of people come to “lift the human spirit, address social problems, and inspire a sense of culture, community, and civic engagement,” according to the organization’s website. But each year, some festival-goers skip the leave-no-trace principles, and instead […]
They’re exactly what they sound like. Ecovillages are intentional communities designed to be environmentally, socially, and/or economically sustainable. The concept gained popularity in the 1960s and 70s when communes became more widespread, although many traditional, rural communities have long engaged in these practices. Following the publication of the landmark study “Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities” by […]
Lake Merritt is usually an unexpected oasis of life in the midst of downtown Oakland, California. The first protected wildlife refuge in the U.S., it is a tidal slough 3.4 miles around and the largest lake of its kind in an urban setting, according to the City of Oakland.
Summer garden staples like tomatoes and eggplant can’t handle the coming fall frosts, but many crops thrive in the chillier temperatures. Growing a successful fall garden is all about predicting the weather, choosing the right crops, and protecting the plants on frosty mornings.
The last member of an Indigenous tribe in Brazil has died, Brazil’s federal agency for Indigenous affairs — Funai — announced on Saturday. The man was the sole survivor of the murder of the rest of his people beginning in the 1970s to clear the way for cattle ranching, Survival International said in a statement. […]
On the island of Gotland in Sweden, residents have spent this year letting their green lawns die off in a mass effort to conserve water. Irrigation bans led neighbors to get creative, offering a title to whoever ended up with the ugliest lawn. For this year, Marcus Norström’s lawn took the crown. The jury described […]