News & Views

It’s Happening Now: Climate Change Is Killing Off the Yellow Cedar
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Actually proving a species is being affected by climate change, and not some other factor, is incredibly difficult. 

How to Give a Seabird an Underwater Hearing Test
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Scientists are worried marine noise may affect seabirds, but first they have to figure out how to test it. 

Do Ancient Shipwrecks Stand a Chance?
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Fishing trawlers are destroying ancient shipwreck sites.

Taking a Buyout from the Beach
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A market-based initiative could help people escape from deteriorating beaches.

Even Scientists Are Biased Toward Cute Animals
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In the conservation science literature, some animals get way more attention than others. 

Don’t Fear the Jellygeddon
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Reports of the pending jellyfish apocalypse have been greatly exaggerated.

Sizing Up the Tsunami Threat
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Scientists are surveying the East Coast for signs of tsunami-generating submarine landslides.

Are We Overvaluing Reef Sharks?
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Most sharks are not apex predators—so why do we keep talking as if they are?

Killer Whales Are Bullies, and Humpbacks Are Bouncers
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Humpback whales seem to protect other species from killer whale attacks.

The Plan to Ship Oil Through the “Graveyard of the Pacific”
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The largest oil-by-rail terminal in the US would double oil shipments through the Columbia River.

Closing the Port to Illegal Fishers
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A new international agreement should help strip illegal fishers’ access to the market.

China's Relentless Campaign to Pave the Coast
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In China, coastal development comes at a high cost.

The Evolutionary Trick that Lets Bowhead Whales Grow So Big
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Young bowhead whales may deconstruct their own bones to help fuel the growth of their huge baleen. 

Protests and Prison Time: the Fight Over Malé’s “Friendship Bridge”
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The public closure of a beloved surfing site has sparked unease in the Maldivian capital. 

What Happens When a Coral Reef Dies?
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If it’s not able to recover, a dead coral reef will collapse into a seaweed forest. 

In Australia, Flooding Is Already on the Rise
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A new analysis shows flooding in southeastern Australia has nearly doubled since 1860. 

The Climate Anxiety Doctor Is “In”
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A Providence poet is taking to the park to counsel residents about their climate woes.

Shrinking the Keystone
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New research is weakening the rule of the original keystone species and, in the process, complicating an iconic idea in ecological science.

Pulling at the Heartstrings Loosens the Purse Strings
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New research shows ecotourists are more likely to contribute to conservation efforts if they feel connected to the cause and talk about it. 

Fishing With Cyanide
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A small study finds US retailers are selling fish caught using the illegal technique.

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