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Welcome to Palmerston Island, Population 35

Reachable only by boat, this remote Pacific atoll is inhabited by descendants of a footloose Englishman. The idyllic vibe is unmistakable, but it's tested by the realities of living in a very vulnerable place in a warming world.

Alison Van Houten
Aug 22, 2019

Unraveling the Mystery of the Himalayas' Skeleton Lake

More than 75 years ago, ancient remains of hundreds of people were found in a Himalayan lake. Scientists recently revealed more clues about where the people came from and how they could have died.

Samantha Yadron
Aug 20, 2019

The Bondo Landslide and the Future of Climate Disasters

Two years ago, a massive river of mud and granite swept over thousands of feet of alpine terrain, killing eight hikers before swamping the alpine village of Bondo, Switzerland. This type of disaster is often fueled by climate change, and it will happen again.

Paige McClanahan
Aug 19, 2019

The Redwood of the East

Nature guide Brad Einstein explores the wild history and uncertain future of the redwood of the East

Aug 13, 2019

Trump's Assault on the Endangered Species Act Begins

The changes are threefold. It will now be harder to add species to the list, protections for threatened animals will be revoked, and economic concerns must be formally evaluated during the listing process.

Wes Siler
Aug 12, 2019

Will Climate Change Close the Matterhorn?

A warming planet could make climbing iconic mountains like the Matterhorn a more risky enterprise. But is shutting them down a call for local authorities to make?

Samantha Yadron
Aug 9, 2019

An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives

Recycling is broken. The oceans are trashed. As the plastics crisis spirals out of control, an unlikely collection of executives and environmentalists set sail for the North Atlantic Gyre in a desperate attempt to find common ground.

Rowan Jacobsen
Aug 8, 2019