Nature

What’s Coming: The 2015 Fire Season

Wildfires are burning more acreage, more houses, and costing more money to control than at any point in U.S. history. And this year's fire season threatens to be as bad or worse than any in...

The $37 Billion Oil Spill

Everyone remembers how it started: on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded off the coast of Louisiana, rupturing the Macondo well below it. Over the next 87 days, as...

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...

The Case for Closing Zoos

Last November, my ten-year-old son and I watched a Nature special about killer...

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 Washington's Elwha River, a new documentary about the largest dam removal project in U...

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...

The Last Hope of the Great White Shark?

Nothing livens up a slow day of fishing like a tsunami warning.On April 1, 2014, the Ocearch, a 126-foot vessel rigged to capture large sharks alive, was anchored near Alejandro...

How to Become a Climate Change Activist

Despite growing up in cities such as Washington, DC, and the Hague in the Netherlands, Susan Casey-Lefkowitz always winds up in wild places—mucking in streams, biking through dunes,...

The High Cost of Oil

Less than a year after the end of World War II, when Celina Harpe was just seven, she sat beside her grandfather on the steps of his cabin, overlooking the Athabasca River in the northern...

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