An oil platform facility operated by French oil giant Total in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Angola in 2018.

For years, analysts have predicted that rising world oil consumption would peak and start declining in the coming decades. But with a recent string of setbacks for big oil companies and the rapid advance of electric vehicles, some now say that “peak oil” is already here.

By Fred Pearce

Biodiversity

How Returning Lands to Native Tribes Is Helping Protect Nature

From California to Maine, land is being given back to Native American tribes who are committing to managing it for conservation. Some tribes are using traditional knowledge, from how to support wildlife to the use of prescribed fires, to protect their ancestral grounds.

By Jim Robbins

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An oil palm plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, shrouded in haze from fires on burning peatland.

Opinion

The Time Has Come to Rein In the Global Scourge of Palm Oil

The cultivation of palm oil, found in roughly half of U.S. grocery products, has devastated tropical ecosystems, released vast amounts of C02 into the atmosphere, and impoverished rural communities. But efforts are underway that could curb the abuses of this powerful industry.

By Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

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