The year 2019 was a real bummer for old Planet Earth. Here are JSTOR Daily, we reflected on the fires in the Amazon and wondered how climate change might threaten our favorite wines. But we also tried to find lessons in the past and to honor those who believe that we still can shape our future. Here are our 15 of our most popular sustainability stories of the year, as always, backed by scholarship and research to which our readers have free access.
December 10, 2019
Cultivating a limited number of crops reduced the genetic diversity of plants, endangering harvests. Seed collectors hope to fix it by finding the plants’ wild cousins.
December 17, 2019
Today’s headlines make climate change seem like a recent discovery. But Eunice Newton Foote and others have been piecing it together for centuries.
July 24, 2019
India’s forest production company is following the tenets of the master Japanese botanist, restoring biodiversity in resource-depleted communities.
October 17, 2019
Just how significant is the internet’s carbon footprint?
November 18, 2019
In eighteenth century Japan, human excrement played a vital role in agriculture. Can similar solutions help manage waste today?
September 24, 2019
Some scholars have suggested that humans first started growing domesticated grains in order to make not bread, but beer.
September 18, 2019
Klein talks about her new book, On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, and the youth movement for climate action.
October 29, 2019
Vintners may have to adjust their centuries-old traditions to keep the wines flowing
July 1, 2019
Cruise ships pose many environmental concerns, from waste disposal to toxic paint to the creation of noise that can harm marine life.
October 22, 2019
The industrial method of meat harvesting wastes a lot of food. Eco-conscious butchers are changing that.
October 8, 2019
Pushed by necessity, the country’s least sustainable region evolved to master its water use. As climate heats up, other cities may adopt similar tactics.
October 1, 2019
Inspired by the legendary Wright Brothers, local brewers on the Outer Banks of NC are harnessing wind power for their pints.
June 18, 2019
Wide-scale cannabis cultivation is causing environmental damage. Federal regulations could change this.
February 21, 2019
When Silent Spring was published, the response was overtly gendered. Rachel Carson's critics depicted her as hysterical, mystical, and witchy.
May 21, 2019
A hundred years later, we are still learning.
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