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New Initiative to Monitor Heavy Metal Pollution in Armenia

By Lilit Markosian

A new initiative has launched in response to heavy metal pollution in Armenia for environmental lab equipment that will monitor health risks in mining communities throughout the country. Originally published in October of 2014.

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Seeing Green: The Importance of Nature for Our Health

By Eva M. Selhub and Alan C. Logan

Time spent in the Great Outdoors reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases our sense of well-being.

What’s the Technical Difference Between a National Park, Wilderness Area, Wildlife Refuge, Etc.?

By Ben Beach

Ever wondered what the difference is between a national park, a wilderness area, a national wildlife refuge, or other protected federal land? Here are the major differences in how these different natural areas are used and managed. Originally published in January of 2018.


Everything We Need is Here: Reconnecting to a Foraging Heritage

By Jonny Malks

The distancing of our species from the forests grew from a lack of understanding and care for the ecosystems right outside our doors.

Surviving Drought

By Bruce McElmurray

How to survive living in a semi-arid state and coping with drought.

Environmental Justice in Arlington, Texas

By Amanda Sorell

Read about how community organizers in Arlington, Texas, prevented the construction of a fracking well.

Bug Hunt: Bugs on the Move

By Benedict Vanheems

Join The Big Bug Hunt and make sure you’re prepared when your invertebrate foes come to town.

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