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.
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.
Today’s headlines make climate change seem like a recent discovery. But Eunice Newton Foote and others have been piecing it together for centuries.
India’s forest production company is following the tenets of the master Japanese botanist, restoring biodiversity in resource-depleted communities.
Just how significant is the internet’s carbon footprint?
In eighteenth century Japan, human excrement played a vital role in agriculture. Can similar solutions help manage waste today?
Some scholars have suggested that humans first started growing domesticated grains in order to make not bread, but beer.
Klein talks about her new book, On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, and the youth movement for climate action.
Vintners may have to adjust their centuries-old traditions to keep the wines flowing
Cruise ships pose many environmental concerns, from waste disposal to toxic paint to the creation of noise that can harm marine life.
The industrial method of meat harvesting wastes a lot of food. Eco-conscious butchers are changing that.
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.
Inspired by the legendary Wright Brothers, local brewers on the Outer Banks of NC are harnessing wind power for their pints.
Wide-scale cannabis cultivation is causing environmental damage. Federal regulations could change this.
When Silent Spring was published, the response was overtly gendered. Rachel Carson's critics depicted her as hysterical, mystical, and witchy.
A hundred years later, we are still learning.
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