Environments

A Healthy Ocean Needs Viruses
Article - Short

And the more we learn about them, the weirder they get.

Last Dune Standing
Article - Short

A growing population and rampant development hits Israel’s coast hard.

Polar Bears and People: Cataloging Conflict
Article - Short

A team of international researchers investigate interactions between the Arctic’s two main predators.

How Many Countries Does it Take to Save a Fish?
Features

All of them—which makes conservation difficult when your neighbors keep poaching.

Coral Reefs’ Fleshy Future
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As oceans become more acidic, fleshy coral relatives may outcompete their reef-building counterparts.

In the Netherlands, a Better Way to Rebuild the Beach
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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.

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

Refuge for the Ridgway’s Rail
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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
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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...

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