Environments

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
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Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

Book Review: The Tide and Tides
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Two sweeping studies mingle science and cultural history to illuminate the enduring power of the sea.

Diving into El Niño’s Past
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A 7,000-year temperature record pulled from ancient coral suggests El Niño is getting worse. 

Protecting Blue Whales by Predicting Where They’ll Be
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Researchers are using historical tracking data and environmental modeling to calculate where blue whales will congregate.

Greenland Ice Melt Could Push Atlantic Circulation to Collapse
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New research gives a glimpse of the potential long-term consequences of anthropogenic warming.

The Surprising Side Effect of Anti-Anxiety Medication—on Salmon
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Salmon exposed to oxazepam migrate nearly twice as fast as their unmedicated counterparts. 

Big Bird in the City
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If done carefully, great blue heron habitat and urban development can coexist.

Saving a Coral Reef, One Transplant at a Time
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First developed in the 1970s, coral reef transplants are finally proving effective.

Florida’s White Ibises May Be Spreading Disease
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The increasingly urban birds are carrying salmonella. 

Oft-Overlooked Jellyfisheries Are Too Big to Ignore
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Jellyfish fisheries are booming, but we still don’t know if they’re a good idea.

Scientists Confirm: “the Blob” Really Messed Up the Northeast Pacific
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The Pacific warm water “Blob” contributed to a record toxic algae bloom.

The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships
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These infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

“Ghost Forests” Are, Surprisingly, a Sign of Resilience
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Nature is fighting sea level rise in its own way.

There Is Life on a Dead Coral Reef
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Even dead and dying reefs still provide essential habitats for some marine life.

An Act of Forgiveness Fuels a Fight in the Arctic
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Greenpeace and movie stars mend fences with a Nunavut hamlet as it heads to the Canadian Supreme Court.

The Questionable Science of Vancouver’s Port Expansion
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A flawed environmental impact assessment may have consequences for the western sandpiper.

Europe’s Race to Save Its Rice
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Biologists are trying to breed a salt- and snail-resistant line of European rice.

During Sandy, Wetlands Averted US $625-Million in Damages
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A new analysis confirms the protective role played by wetlands.

Slime, Shorebirds, and a Scientific Mystery
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Could the survival of millions of migrating shorebirds depend on the preservation of humble marine biofilm?

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

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