Environments

Book Review: Ice Bear
Article - Short

A richly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the Arctic’s iconic symbol: the polar bear. 

One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures
Article - Short

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

The Bounty of the Bone Pile
Features

Butchered whales lure polar bears and tourists to a coastal Alaskan town. So far, so good. Sort of.

Saving the Silverspot
Features

A team of scientists and land managers is racing to save a butterfly that depends on fragile coastal habitat.

Pinch Me
Features

In a Washington State lake, two of the most globally invasive crayfish species are duking it out. Should we step in?

The Effects of Invasive Pythons Slither through the Everglades
Article - Short

Pythons may be setting off a cascade of ecosystem changes. 

Arctic Shipping Traffic Has Been Rising for Decades
Article - Short

The opening of the Arctic Ocean is not a new phenomenon.

Hawai‘i Is Being Overrun by Invasive Cannibals
Article - Short

Hawai‘i’s invasive species are scavenging each other’s corpses, sustaining their takeover of the islands.

Why Whales Leap Into the Air
Article - Short

After hundreds of hours of observations, we now know it’s true: breaching humpback whales are yelling.

Snakes That Swim with Salmon
Article - Short

Snakes’ wide-ranging diet and ability to slither into all manner of habitats lead to unexpected human-wildlife interactions.

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...

A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again
Video

On the Pacific Northwest coast, indigenous groups are reinvigorating the ancient practice of clam gardening.

What Happens When an Endangered Whale Pod Loses its Wise Old Grandma?
Article - Short

With the death of Granny, the matriarch of the northeast Pacific’s southern resident killer whales, a century’s worth of knowledge and leadership...

People of the Sea Ice See Cracks Forming
Features

One of Canada’s more northerly communities reinvents its relationship with a thawing landscape.

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
Features

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

Book Review: The Tide and Tides
Article - Short

Two sweeping studies mingle science and cultural history to illuminate the enduring power of the sea.

Diving into El Niño’s Past
Article - Short

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
Article - Short

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
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. 

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