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Nunavut is writing the biggest land use plan in the world

In the works for 15 years, the territory's plan will plot the future of 21 per cent of Canada's land mass. And it's almost ready — hopefully.

Kansas counties consider new restrictions ahead of major solar project

Planning officials in Johnson and Douglas counties in eastern Kansas say it’s important to establish rules on size, location and setbacks for solar farms before NextEra moves forward with its West Gardner solar project. Kansas…

WATCH: This man is fighting climate change by managing 100,000 acres of forest

Produced by Colby College, this film features conservationist Steve Tatko. Managing over 100,000 acres of Maine forest for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Tatko focuses on techniques that promote natural regeneration rather than planting trees.

Iowa experiment tests potential to pair solar with carbon sequestration

An environmental consultant tasked with creating a business model to monetize carbon capture on solar sites will study the ability of different plant mixes to absorb and retain carbon at a 1-megawatt Alliant Energy array.…

Ponds, reservoirs could host floating solar in space-constrained Massachusetts

Developers intend to install the floating solar panels atop storage ponds, water treatments plants, and other human-made bodies of water — a first in a state mired in debate over how best to site projects.…

Israel to lose 10 percent of open spaces by 2050 unless birthrate drops, experts say

This is one of the conclusions of a recent study on population density in the country, whose authors say only by curbing population growth and using land more efficiently can Israel hope to slow the…

How to protect species and save the planet—at once

A major new report calls on humanity to tackle the biodiversity and climate crises simultaneously. Here's what that might look like.

Cranberry farmers look to sweeten income by pairing crop with solar panels

Several projects are under development that would incorporate pole-mounted solar panels over active cranberry bogs as a way to boost revenue for farmers and create more space for solar development. Cranberry farmers look to sweeten…

Bigger than COVID? Study warns land use errors could unleash new pandemics

The study argues activities from recreation to agriculture to energy exploration all risk unleashing new infectious and debilitating diseases.

Connecticut solar developers enlist sheep to cut grass and ease tensions

Several projects before the state’s siting board propose integrating sheep grazing with photovoltaic installations.