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Onearth Magazine: Winter 2014

We’ve known for years that lead seriously impairs early childhood development. Now scientists are finding that our kids’ brains are at risk from a barrage of other common chemicals.
Float down the remote Kobuk River and you might encounter grizzlies, salmon, bald eagles, and caribou. Oh—and open-pit mines, if Alaska's governor gets his way.
That palm oil listed in the ingredients of your favorite candy bar or lipstick? More and more of it comes from forest and farmland razed by multinational corporations a world away.
Stretching across eight states, the Ogallala aquifer is the lifeblood of agriculture on the Great Plains. But can it survive a future of drought, pollution, and pipelines?
Anaerobic digestion enlists microbes to gobble up the organic waste that typically goes into landfills. Could it also turn our rotten melons into fresh megawatts?
When a pipeline company fought to bring tar sands oil into scenic South Portland, Maine, city hall fought back.
David Lewis’s after-school job is saving the Chesapeake Bay, one baby oyster at a time.
As we race toward the Next Big Sustainable Idea, it's worth pausing to check the rearview mirror.
The mysterious patterns known as fractals exist where nature, art, and higher math all meet. Are they clues to a hidden natural order?
It’s a dirty job, but someone's doing it. And for the health of the planet, that’s a good thing.
A moonlit night, a spotted owl, and a box of live mice: magic.
Spoiler: it's gold. And it's useless.
The most botched Californian makeover of them all might be what we've done with the state's trees.