Nature

The Economic Case Against Keystone XL

By this point, everyone knows that the Keystone XL Pipeline is an environmental disaster in the making—that’s what happens when twenty of the nation...

Noise From the Field: The Top 10 Field Recordings

For as long as recording equipment has existed, we've been pointing it at hippos, shoving it down anthills, and dropping it into the sea—to learn more about animal behavior, document...

Tree Wizard

Leafsnap is the nature companion of the future. Take a picture of any leaf and the app uses face-recognition-like software to identify the tree it came from. It also networks...

Number One With a Bullet

THE CAREER OF THE NOTORIOUS Indian wildlife poacher Naren Pegu came to an end early on the morning of December 13, 2010, in the Eastern Range of Kaziranga National Park. Tucked away in the...

The Big-Shake, Big-Wave Theory

A. MINUTE 0:00. The North American plate slides 57 feet west over the heavier Juan de Fuca plate, which moves east about an inch per year. The quake’s...

Quakenami! Why the Pacific Northwest Is Doomed

PITY POOR CASSANDRA, blessed by Apollo with the power of prophecy, cursed with the fate of ­disbelief. She tells the people what’s coming. She suffers their laughter, absorbs their...

Blood in the Water

AT 11:25 A.M. ON DECEMBER 24, 2009, Estefanía Luis Rodriguez’s cell phone rang. Rodriguez, 25, is an earnest, friendly young woman who works as a pharmacy technician near the...

Burned

On Sunday, citizens of Los Alamos, New Mexico, got some good news: efforts to contain the 123,000-acre Las Conchas fire had progressed sufficiently that officials were able to lift a mandatory...

Feeling the Burn

LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I’ll rubberneck at a house fire if I happen to be passing by. Wildfires, though, can pull me in from the next county. I spent five years during my late teens and early...

Shark Bait

THE GENTLY CURVING COAST of False Bay, just south of Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, a 24-mile sweep of sandy beaches framed by the aquamarine...

57 Feet & Rising

“WHAT'S WRONG?” I asked John Ruskey. He slowly closed his cell phone. Glancing toward photographer Chris LaMarca to see if he was in earshot, he gazed at the churning Mississippi.

Beached Whales

Q. What's the story with the whales washing up on shore before the New Zealand and Japan earthquakes? Are they bellwethers of seismic activity?A. Strange...

Get Your Mind Dirty

PERHAPS YOU RECALL A TIME when you took in more of the world. You were new and the world was new. As a boy, I would go out in the woods and sit under a tree, then lick my thumb...

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