Environments

Twilight for the Sawfish
Features

In West Africa, the sawfish was once a source of cultural pride and power. What happens to traditional African cultures as it disappears? 

The Enduring Legacy of Josephine Tilden
Features

The trailblazing botanist established the Minnesota Seaside Station, on Vancouver Island’s Botanical Beach, and inspired generations of female...

A Coral Disease’s History, Discovered in a 19th-Century Encyclopedia
Article - Short

New research proves mothers-in-law don’t always give useless gifts.

Suddenly, a River Runs Through It
Article - Short

Some rivers naturally change course, often with little warning. Now scientists are learning how to predict their moves.

The Rise of Ocean Optimism
Features

Sharing uplifting news of resilience and recovery fuels hope.

A Healing Walk on Arctic Ice
Features

A Cree man’s life-changing journey through Inuit territory.

Evicted by Climate Change
Features

Government regulations forced the Yup’ik to give up their semi-nomadic existence. Now, as the land around them vanishes, they’re puzzling through...

Hawai‘i’s War on the Weeds
Article - Short

Researchers are conducting an air raid on one of the world’s most invasive plants.

Book Review: Franklin’s Lost Ship
Article - Short

An Arctic mystery is explored through lavish illustrations and narrative that bring the discovery to life.

No-Show Pacific Ocean Humpbacks Stump Scientists
Article - Short

In winter breeding grounds like Hawai‘i and Mexico, migrating humpback whales arrived later, left earlier, and showed up in fewer numbers than...

On the Trail of Whales
Features

Forget the engines: shore-based whale watching takes off.

Surf and Turd
Article - Short

Sheltered beaches with weak waves stagnate and accumulate bacteria. 

The Secret History of Bioluminescence
Features

Illuminating maps during war, guiding planes to safety, making genes and proteins visible—organisms get their glow on to help humans.

Book Review: Sex in the Sea
Article - Short

A PG-rated peek at the sex lives of sea creatures.

The Canadian Arctic Remains Dangerously Unmapped
Article - Short

Arctic waters are increasingly ice free, but a lack of seafloor mapping means navigating the region is still risky.

A Cull to Save the Kelp
Article - Short

An innovative project is rehabilitating California’s kelp forests after decades of degradation at the hands of environmental decay and sea urchin...

A New Tipping Point for the Disappearing Arctic
Article - Short

Melting ice wedges can make the ground drop out, driving land subsidence in the warming Arctic. 

Breeding Dory
Features

When Finding Nemo was released, clownfish became the latest trendy pet. Now, as Finding Dory is about to hit the big screen,...

Where Dead Whales Go to Live
Video

Take a peek behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Institution’s marine mammal warehouses.

Spanish Empire Shipwrecks Offer New Data in the Quest to Understand Hurricanes
Article - Short

Caribbean Sea shipwrecks offer a high-resolution record of historical hurricane activity, which could be used to tune climate models. 

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