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Public goods come in many forms, from highways to magnificent mountains. Road sign via www.shutterstock.com

‘Public goods’ made America great and can do so again

The U.S. owes much of its prosperity to investment in public goods like highways, parks and schools. Trump's budget poses a threat to these goods, which have already been on the decline.
The Simien mountains in Ethiopia are one of the world’s most threatened natural heritage sites. Simien mountains image from www.shutterstock.com

More than half the world’s most important natural sites are under threat: it’s time to protect them

You'd hope we wouldn't flatten the pyramids to build a highway. But that's exactly what's happening to the world's natural heritage sites.
Cleared habitat in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique. James Allan

Half the world’s ecosystems at risk from habitat loss, and Australia is one of the worst

Since 1992, an area of land two-thirds the size of Australia has been converted to human use.
Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, built by Anasazi c. 1200. The Antiquities Act was passed to protect such sites from looters. National Park Service

How the Antiquities Act has expanded the national park system and fueled struggles over land protection

The 1906 Antiquities Act gives presidents unilateral power to protect land as national monuments. The law has saved important places, but has also fueled intense conflicts over land control.
Sunrise on Angel’s Window, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park. National Park Service/Wikimedia

How the Grand Canyon changed our ideas of natural beauty

Why do Americans revere the Grand Canyon? It taught us to look at nature in a new way, and to respect iconic places by leaving them alone.
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is part of a complicated history of land in the western US. US Fish and Wildlife Service

Malheur occupation in Oregon: whose land is it really?

Like much federal land in the US West, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has a long history tied to Native Americans’ plight and conflicts between settlers and the federal government.
The Nairobi-Thika highway is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction, and is funded by Kenya, China and the African Development Bank. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Chinese investment: why the buck stops with African governments

China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
The tallest mountain in the US is again called Denali. Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

In Alaska, it’s always been Denali

For millennia, the Koyukon Athabascan have called the 20,000-foot mountain "the tall one."

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