Environments

Auditing the Blue Blood Bank
Video

Horseshoe crabs have been saving our species—are we endangering theirs?

Coastal Books to Keep the Kids Busy This Summer
Features

From the Shark Lady to refugees who traveled by sea, this season’s stories are sure to inspire.

The Lunar Sea
Features

The moon influences life in a surprising and subtle way: with its light.

Plastics Without Borders
Infographic

The theme of World Oceans Day is plastic pollution prevention. From the shores of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the floor of the Baltic Sea,...

In the Land of Lost Gardens
Features

Tireless in her quest, ethnobotanist Nancy Turner works with indigenous elders to preserve plant knowledge dating back to the First People in the...

Putting the Local in Marine Conservation
Article - Short

A new proposal for a code of conduct considers marine protection and the needs of people.

Refuge for the Ridgway’s Rail
Article - Short

Inventive island homes are helping this endangered bird keep its head above water.

Throwing Dead Fish for Fun and Ecological Profit
Features

Chucking chum and coho carcasses into a salmon-spawning stream supports more than just an ecosystem.

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...

When New York Harbor Is Your Classroom
Features

An unusual New York City public high school where the school bus is a ferry, teachers are called crew, and some classes are held underwater is...

The Shellfish Gene
Features

How shellfish farmers are leaning on genes to unmask the secrets of mussels, scallops, and oysters.

Land Food Versus Seafood
Article - Short

The omegas battle it out in our budgets and our bodies.

Reef Avengers
Features

Indonesia’s reefs have been poisoned or blasted to smithereens by the very people who depend on them the most. Now islanders are working to...

Tiny Zombie Worms Are the Beavers of the Deep
Article - Short

These deep-sea worms carve habitats out of whale bone.

How To Fix a Jellyfish Sting
Article - Short

Pack tweezers and vinegar in your beach bag—and forget what you’ve heard about the pee cure.

Brazil Gets Lit
Article - Short

Artificial lighting is spreading across the country, with unknown effects on its wildlife.

Drawing Meaning from Death, One Seabird at a Time
Features

In the Pacific Northwest, the diligence of citizen scientists is shedding light on the lives, and deaths, of seabirds.

Toxicant-Triggered Anxiety
Article - Short

Juvenile fish exposed to a common environmental toxicant show signs of anxiety.

Life Interstitial
Infographic

What does it take to live between the grains of sand?

California’s Surf Spots Are Heading for a Wipeout
Article - Short

Rising sea level is transforming the coastline and causing iconic beaches to disappear.

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