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Tens of thousands of aging wind turbine blades are coming down and most have nowhere to go but landfills. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Wind turbine blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing, so at the end of their lifespan they cannot just be hauled away. First, you need to saw thro(...)

Jace Long Feather rides in an Indian Relay event at the Crow Fair, in Crow Agency, Mont.   Photograph: Victor J. Blue/The New York Times

Richard Long Feather is searching for his son Jace among the bareback riders as they storm toward the grandstand at the Crow Fair. Stepping away fro(...)

The Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy, the largest underground laboratory in the world devoted to neutrino and astroparticle physics. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Although abstract in character, mathematics has concrete origins: the greatest advances have been inspired by the natural world. Recently, a new resul(...)

The Dakota access pipeline passes close to the northern boundary of the Standing Rock reservation and under the Missouri river, in the background. Photograph: Stephen Starr

It’s been three years since thousands of protesters, environmentalists and more than 95 Native American nations gathered in a field-turned-campsite on(...)

Henry Red Cloud’s solar-powered battery trailer: “It’d run one-third of your house easily.”  Photograph: Stephen Starr

Down a dirt track on South Dakota’s bucolic Pine Ridge Reservation, Henry Red Cloud is working out a plan to help Native and indigenous communities ar(...)

Participants at a traditional pow wow celebration in Pine Ridge Reservation last month. Photograph: Stephen Starr

There was a time in the late 1980s, says Darla Black, when the safest place for her at night was locked in a prison cell. Her partner at the time was (...)

The aftermath of an EF-4 tornado in Dayton, Ohio. Photograph: Stephen Starr

The large family home at 2036 Maplegrove avenue, a quiet tree-line residential street north of downtown Dayton, Ohio is a wreck. At around 11pm on Ma(...)

Tasty alternatives to beef. But are they burgers?  The state of Arkansas says no. Photograph: iStock

Is a veggie burger actually a burger? More to the point, is it misleading to call it one? By the end of this week, stores in Arkansas might not be a(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina in Dublin during the 2018 presidential election. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ireland’s next presidential election in 2025 could be a very different animal to previous campaigns, with candidates needing to reach voters not just (...)

Paula Saunders: “One of the things that we can all do is remember how short a time we’re going to have together. Remember that at the end of your life, it’s going to look different than it does this minute.”

Last July, on a Greek island outcrop overhanging the Aegean, US author Paula Saunders gave her first public reading from her superb debut novel, The D(...)

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