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John James Audubon relied on African Americans and Native Americans to collect some specimens for his ‘Birds of America’ prints (shown: Florida cormorant), but never credited them. National Audubon Society

American environmentalism’s racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.
Photographer Ansel Adams poses on a bluff with his camera. Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS/VCG via Getty Images

The surprising source of Ansel Adams’ signature style

Largely self-taught, Adams learned to harness the communicative power of photography during his years as a marketing photographer.
A cyclist in San Bernadino National Forest, where e-bikes were previously banned. AP/Brian Melley

E-bikes are coming to federally owned trails: 4 questions answered

The Trump administration has moved to allow electric bikes on all federally owned trails where normal bikes are allowed. A public lands scholar weighs in on the issues this could cause.
The world’s remaining wilderness. Dark blue = terrestrial. Light blue = marine. Modified with permission from Protect the last of the wild, Watson et al, Nature (2018)

Five maps that reveal the world’s remaining wilderness

Zooming in on deforestation and other wild habitat loss can help us work out how best to protect wilderness.

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