Europe

Nostalgia and Peace on the Ocean
Video

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s short stretch of seaside refuge has outsized value.

Hunger’s Children
Features

Fleeing the Irish Famine, some immigrants brought their islands with them to North America.

In the Netherlands, a Better Way to Rebuild the Beach
Article - Short

A US $78-million experiment aims to reinforce the rapidly eroding coastline, while avoiding the ecological damage common with other nourishment...

Watts in the Water
Features

Our oceans contain enough energy to power the planet—if we could just get our hands on it.

Here Be White Bears
Features

While dragons and other mythical beasts marked the charts of early mariners, Renaissance maps were illustrated with images—part fantasy and part...

The Gondola Maker
Video

Venice’s gondolas are sleek in style, specific in design, and steeped in history.

Hamburg’s Half-Billion-Dollar Bet
Article - Short

The German shipping city will spend US $592-million over 30 years in a bid to hold back the rising sea.

Svalbard’s Snow Crabs: a Pincered Proxy for Arctic Oil
Article - Short

There were the cod wars and then the turbot wars—are the crab wars now upon us?

Pool-landia
Features

For 70 years, Iceland has kept afloat the idea that mandatory swimming lessons save lives, but the policy doesn’t hold water.

One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures
Article - Short

Iceland’s killer whale society is more fluid than that of their northeast Pacific peers.

A Renaissance Field Guide to Fantastical Fish
Article - Short

Dutch fisherman Adriaen Coenen’s visual masterpiece chronicled the ocean’s denizens, real and imagined.

Ship Spotters
Video

In Felixstowe, a seaside town in England, watching container ships is a tradition, and a time for taking stock of life.

Book Review: Seawomen of Iceland
Article - Short

For centuries, Icelandic women have been some of the world’s hardiest, and hardest-working, fishing captains. Anthropologist Margaret Willson...

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
Features

Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

Greenland Ice Melt Could Push Atlantic Circulation to Collapse
Article - Short

New research gives a glimpse of the potential long-term consequences of anthropogenic warming.

The Surprising Side Effect of Anti-Anxiety Medication—on Salmon
Article - Short

Salmon exposed to oxazepam migrate nearly twice as fast as their unmedicated counterparts. 

Santa Claus Is Coming to Port
Article - Short

Before he was seasonal, he was seagoing.

Battling the Dike Mafia
Features

A renegade biologist is challenging a millennium of German dike-building tradition.

Europe’s Race to Save Its Rice
Article - Short

Biologists are trying to breed a salt- and snail-resistant line of European rice.

Weapons of War Litter the Ocean Floor
Features

At least one million tonnes of chemical weapons were dumped in the oceans between 1919 and 1980. Now what?

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