Nature

The Unintended Consequences of Noise

For more than a decade, National Park Service scientists Kurt Fristrup and Dan Mennit, along with Colorado State University researchers, have been monitoring background noise levels at around 600...

What Happens When You Demolish Two 100-Year-Old Dams

“A river is never silent…Reservoirs stilled my song.” Narrated from the point of view of the Elwha River, a new documentary about the largest dam removal project in U.S. history starts off on a...

Can Mushrooms Fight Deforestation?

Truffles aside, mushrooms don’t really get the love they deserve. Picked off pizzas, stuck between buns as a sad stand-in for a burger, and detested by toddlers the world over, mushrooms could really...

Who Killed Costa Rica’s Turtle Advocate?

With arms wrapped around one another, Rafael Mora and Fernanda Sandoval ran crying from a Costa Rican courtroom. They retreated from the building where judges had acquitted the men charged with the...

The Last Hope of the Great White Shark?

Former reality-show skipper Chris Fischer has revolutionized shark science—with a daring system for catching the beasts alive and a radical new research-funding model. During an expedition off the...

How to Become a Climate Change Activist

Protecting the world requires more than trail maintenance. Legal activist Susan Casey-Lefkowitz realized it means being on the ground floor of legislation.

The High Cost of Oil

The crude that would feed the XL pipeline comes from a once pristine part of Alberta that now resembles mining operations on a sci-fi planet. At places like Fort McKay, home to First Nations people...

Leave Wilderness Alone

There are many threats to the 50-year-old Wilderness Act. But the most dangerous, Kenneth Brower says, comes from those who are chipping away at the very idea of wilderness itself.

The Body Electric

Every year, more than 500 Americans will be struck by lightning—and roughly 90 percent of them will survive. Though they remain among the living, their minds and bodies will be instantly,...

Rewild Your Child

Ben Hewitt’s essay on “unschooling” in our September issue has sparked some heated debate. Few parents are willing to do as the Hewitts do, and turn their kids loose entirely. But how can we give our...

SeaWorld’s Most Rewarding and Traumatic Job

I’ve long thought that to truly understand what life is like for a killer whale, dolphin, or sea lion at a marine park, you have to talk to the animal care workers, who are on the front lines with...