The host of CNN’s ‘United Shades of America’ on what we learn when we engage with communities very different than our own
W. Kamau Bell, the host of ‘United Shades of America,’ sits down with fellow comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston for a lively conversation on what we learn about this country when we engage with communities very different than our own
Good news: sustainability and joy go hand in hand
I’m really sorry it happened and really glad I survived. Notes on the flabbergasting climax of an Alaska road trip that changed my life.
A recent ruling on an Endangered Species Act case may set a precedent for incorporating climate models into species protection
The past year showed us all that having access to the outdoors is essential for our health and well-being. It also magnified the inequities inherent in that access. For 2021’s Best Towns package, we chose 13 of the country’s most diverse places and evaluated them according to the factors that matter today: sustainability, affordability, and outdoor equity. Here are the cities of tomorrow.
Eco-conscious parents are turning to electric utility bikes to haul their most precious cargo: their children
Meet the companies making rad products and empowering communities
Reading about romance and relationships in speculative fiction about scary futures reminds us that a better world is always worth fighting for
A warming planet, increased storms, and wildfires are creating a level of infrastructure collapse that’s expensive and devastating
When the real world seems increasingly apocalyptic, what’s the point of reading novels about the horrors of climate change? Outside’s culture columnist investigates her own fascination with cli-fi.
The past few years have seen a boom in fiction about the climate crisis. Here are our recommendations for some of the most interesting titles out there, from Octavia Butler to Jenny Offill.
Through the moving story of a widowed astrobiologist and his unusual son, ‘Bewilderment’ addresses our apathy in the face of environmental disaster
An abstract view of some of the world’s most beautiful land- and waterscapes
And what it means for the future of America’s public lands
The British Columbia Supreme Court mandated that law enforcement leave the front lines, in part due to its failure to uphold civil liberties
Scientists, planners, and even the Army Corps of Engineers are turning to natural solutions like coral reefs and sand dunes to protect coastal communities against intensifying storm surges and flooding
With mega wildfires and intensifying hurricanes becoming the new norm this time of year, the last hurrah of the season has become more apocalyptic than carefree
Many Canadians think old-growth forests are protected from logging. Turns out, Indigenous people and a scrappy band of activists called the Rainforest Flying Squad are all that stands between Vancouver Island’s last old growth and logging companies.
If it seems like you’ve been hearing about lakes and beaches closing down more often, you’re right. Various types of toxic algae are multiplying like crazy in bodies of water across the country, and stopping them won’t be easy.
As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report made clear this week, we’re going to need to give up some of the things we love if we don’t want much more taken away
With the discovery of 52, some sociologists theorized that our fascination with the whale’s story came from a growing feeling of loneliness overrunning our technocentric society.
Democrats in Congress are pushing for a federal jobs program that would tackle climate, land use, infrastructure, and more. Here’s why it’s so urgent.
After losing his father to cancer, a mule deer researcher embarks on a healing migration of his own
Despite GOP rhetoric, selling America’s largest rainforest to China was actually bad business
When an oil company targeted the North Face with a tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign accusing the brand of hypocritical climate activism, it served as a reminder of the contentious—yet partially codependent—relationship between the outdoor and fossil fuel industries
The River Democracy Act will establish Oregon as the country’s undisputed leader in permanent river protection.
In a new short-story collection by Claire Boyles, we meet characters struggling with family, health troubles, and environmental issues in the West
Here’s what to do when your little one brings up sea-level rise, extinction, wildfires, and other ecological griefs
If you can get past the lack of creature comforts, spending a night outside might be one of the most rewarding things you do
But there’s still hope if we start managing water differently and addressing climate change, both of which are making dry spells more extreme
You might think that British Columbia’s oldest forests are protected from commercial interests. You’re wrong.
Mabon wants to take responsibility for humankind’s gluttony for plastic products
Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan saw our relationship to the planet in a new way after a series of remarkable adventures
Heather “Anish” Anderson has now chronicled her record-breaking thru-hikes in two books. The ways she documents the details may surprise you—and help you do the same.
Elizabeth Kolbert and Nathaniel Rich, environmental writers par excellence, survey human solutions to the human-caused mess we’re in
A wild place—and an American ideal—are heading for destruction. We can stop it now.
The past year has been relentless in so many ways. But despite the challenges, there’s also a lot of good news out there to get you excited about the months ahead.
The CEO of Scout Campers shares his story
This is just the kickoff to a ten-year plan to protect more land, water, and wildlife
Outside’s ethics guru on what counts as nature
For centuries, dowsers have claimed the ability to find groundwater, precious metals, and other quarry using divining rods and an uncanny intuition. Is it the real deal or woo-woo? Dan Schwartz suspends disbelief to see for himself.
The 46th president made big promises to move the United States toward a carbon-free future. What he’s accomplished so far has been impressive, but can he keep up the momentum?
Here’s what some running brands are doing to help reduce their impact on the environment.
In Ours, a digital exhibition for the New Museum, artist Samuel Marion imagines a not too distant future in which outdoor brands use slick advertising to mask more sinister aims
How some race organizers are making changes to become more sustainable, and 3 ways you can make a difference.
Marine biologists aren’t impressed with Netflix’s hit documentary on ocean conservation. They recommended some other films on the subject for us.
Two new books, ‘Under the Sky We Make’ and ‘Overheated,’ lay out a plan to overcome our cynicism and anxiety and realize a sustainable, carbon-free future
Anticipating even bigger crowds this summer than last, public-lands officials have been grappling with how to manage the masses. For many, that’s meant introducing permit systems. But is limiting access the only solution?
In his new book, ‘The Nation of Plants,’ botanist Stefano Mancuso suggests that human democracies may have something to learn from the world’s trees and flowers
Kale Williams’s new book, ‘The Loneliest Polar Bear,’ offers readers an adorable polar bear cub—and a roving, clear-eyed exploration of climate change and how the bears captured the public imagination
Some brands offer portable tent systems that promise an authentic wood-fired sweat experience—at a fraction of the cost of permanent installs
Oranges for dental work, milk for English lessons—when COVID-19’s initial lockdown dried up tourism dollars and supply chains, the islands bartered their way through
The climate organization isn’t just about winter. Here’s why—and how—to make a difference.
Every single one of us is responsible for the wellbeing of the earth.
From cork floors to wool insulation, here’s what you need to build out an environmentally responsible rig
Parts of the state have been overrun by tourists for years. When COVID-19 hit, the islands got a much needed pause. Will it change the future of tourism there for good?
The shrub-steppe of central Washington’s Columbia Basin is a land of rich biodiversity, vibrant communities, and poignant beauty
With funding from the federal government, Zion and other parks are swapping in electric shuttle buses and adding charging stations for visitors’ electric vehicles, putting the park system on the cutting edge of green technology
What is environmental justice, and why should trail runners care?
Here’s one way to use a flashlight that you might not have thought of
Although the concept has been OK'd, that doesn't mean it will be implemented. Here's what former government officials, local guides, and environmental experts told Outside about its possible implications on Africa's highest peak.
As Jeff Bezos steps away from Amazon to focus his attention on initiatives like his year-old Earth Fund, it’s instructive to look at the impact of billionaire environmental philanthropy and how it could be more effective
This PSA from Mother Earth warns that although the pandemic has reached a breaking point, there is still time to reverse the planet’s damage
MountainFlow Eco-Wax scored thousands of dollars from a powder-slaying investor on the reality-TV show
Researcher Ken Balcomb has spent more than half his life studying the iconic killer whales of Washington’s San Juan Islands and raising awareness about their struggle for survival. Now he may have run out of time.
Despite rhetoric from Republicans, the shift toward renewable energy actually brings substantial, nationwide economic benefits—and it'll help the oil and gas industry, too
In its first weeks, the Biden administration has prioritized justice and equity in its plan to protect the environment and tackle the climate crisis. That's great, but now is not the time for the rest of us to get complacent.
'Guardians of the River' explores what the biggest dam removal in history means for clean water, food sovereignty, and justice
An award-winning science fiction writer paints a compelling — and rather disturbing — vision of running in the near future.
Plastic Tides, a nonprofit based in Bermuda, uses paddleboards to enlighten and inspire kids to move toward a plastic-free future
The end of the Trump administration can't come soon enough for our climate and public lands. Thankfully, there are a series of actions our new president can immediately take to begin undoing the damage.
Season Equipment is trying to break the cycle of new gear every year
The 35th generation New Mexican will oversee public lands, national parks, Native American affairs, and more
The mountain-bike community needs to focus less on access and more on climate change
It's not as simple as you may think
In its final months, Trump's Department of the Interior shows its true colors by rushing through drilling leases in Alaska and rewriting major components of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act
Here’s the environmental impact of a pair of sneakers, and a look at a few companies making the running shoe industry more sustainable.
With 'The Forests of California,' naturalist and artist Obi Kaufmann aims to deepen environmental literacy. He also argues that this cataclysmic time is an opportunity.
Taking care of our planet shouldn't be a partisan issue. These activist-athletes think the flag might help bridge the divide.