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Steak Story, Part 1: The MosCowBoy

The ribeye steak was called the MosCowBoy. When I cut into it, juice squished out onto the ceramic plate. Each tender bite made my taste buds light up with all six of the essential flavors (sour, salty, sweet, bitter, and especially umami and fat). This was five years ago, in June 2011, when I’d just finished…

Apocalypse Paused: Scenes From Soviet-Era “Ghost Farms”

Picture two giant farms: one the size of France; the other the size of Wisconsin. That is how many acres of agricultural land sit fallow in Russia (45 million) and Kazakhstan (35 million).   The 250,000-acre Chilinka Collective Farm, in northern Kazakhstan, was once known as an oasis on the steppes. It was home to 500…

Watch: Adorable Amur Tiger Cubs, New Hope for Endangered Species

Post written by Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova. I am delighted to share with you this just captured, rare footage of Zolushka (Cinderella in Russian), playing with her two new cubs in the wild of Bastak Reserve in Far East Russia.

Smile For Me, Russia

They hide in plain sight. When shooting street photography in Russia, odds are good you’ll encounter them. Anti-photobombers. They’re everywhere. Let’s play “Where Are the Anti-Photobombers.” In the picture above, can you can find them?

Food Fight! (or, Will Russia Let the Tomatoes Fly?)

Which has more firepower: an air-to-air missile or a Roma tomato? One can down an aircraft, but the other can cripple a food industry. When Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet, President Vladimir Putin said he felt “stabbed in the back.” There would be consequences, he promised, for the attack that ultimately killed two…

When Cows Fly

It was five years ago, this November, when a team of cowboys transplanted a ranch in a box from the Montana range to the Russian steppes. We traveled by truck, plane, and ship to settle on Stevenson-Sputnik Ranch. The anniversary has me in a sentimental mood, something cowboys are prone to feel anyway. It doesn’t help…

Brie de Guerre: Russia’s Cheese Politics

My waiter recommended the cheese plate. I was eating at LavkaLavka, the farm-to-table restaurant in Moscow that I profiled last week for The Plate. It’s your typical hipster-run establishment, with bearded waiters in t-shirts, jeans tight-rolled at the ankle, and (for most of them, anyway) tattoos poking out between hem lines. “Delicious Russian cheese,” he…

Blood Moon Over Red Square

Act One: A Good Idea The last time a Blood Moon shone down on Red Square, it was 1982. Soviet officials were strict about photography. You couldn’t just traipse on down to the Kremlin and snap a shot. But thirty-three years later, photographers are a lot more free. I would set out to get that picture and…

Home, Home on the…Steppes?

A great migration is underway in the world of ranching. Cowboys from the United States, Canada, and Australia are taking cattle by the thousands to Russia and Kazakhstan. Why? To help solve major food security problems.

Arctic Diplomacy requires Convergence of Military and Scientific Interests

Scientists and the military have a long history of engagement but largely in a client-donor relationship. Yet, global environmental change is providing another opportunity for more “natural” convergent cooperation that was manifest at an unusual meeting of academia and the military held at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) at the University…

Putin’s Tiger Caught on Film One Year After Release

Masha N. Vorontsova, Regional Director in Russia for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has some exciting news to share, posted below. In the previous year IFAW released 5 Amur tigers in collaboration with President Putin and recently captured some camera trap footage of one tigress Ilona.

Is “Extinct” Forever? Central Asia’s Caspian Tiger Traverses the Comeback Trail

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I imagine a tiger. He’ll move through the forest and his days Leaving his traces on the mud banks Of a river whose name he doesn’t know. In his world there are no names or past Or future, only the certainty of now. —Jorge Luis Borges, The Other Tiger In reeds tinged red in the…

Under-the-Radar Environmental Stories for 2015: The Furtive Five

Between crazy weather, international events, and global agreements, 2014 was a year in which climate change took center stage. Whether it was a catastrophic drought in California, accelerated ice melting in Antarctica, or even record-breaking heat disrupting the Australian Open, the impacts of climate change are being felt around the world—and people are starting to…

Indigenous Water Testing in Remote Russia

Jon Waterhouse and his team recently undertook a journey to Yakutia in eastern Siberia to bring water testing to the indigenous people of the region. The immensity and character of Russia weren’t the only things that awed them.

Russia’s River Villages: Rushing Back to Moscow

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series. On our way back home, we visit Moscow and reflect on our wonderful experiences.