People & Society

People Don’t Care if Their Fish Is Sustainable
Article - Short

Taste, price, and texture matter most to consumers when it comes to buying fish.

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.

Chesapeake Bay’s Misguided War on the Ray
Article - Short

Science can go wrong—sometimes with deadly consequences.

Starring Sea Monsters
Article - Short

Sci-fi flicks from the 1950s and ’60s responded to the threat of nuclear war with villains from the sea.

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,...

Homo Sapiens Just Got Older—Way, Way Older
Article - Short

Bones found in Morocco place our lineage 100,000 years earlier and nowhere near where we thought.

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...

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.

God or Geology? The Genesis of Ram’s Bridge
Article - Short

Secular and religious Indians are butting heads over the origin of an important shoal.

West Africa’s Artisanal Fishers Rival the Industrial Fleet
Article - Short

But they’re much less effective—something scientists hope to change.

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...

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...

The Gondola Maker
Video

Venice’s gondolas are sleek in style, specific in design, and steeped in history.

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.

The Invisible Fishing Fleet
Article - Short

Women have a crucial—yet often overlooked—role in fisheries.

Brazil Gets Lit
Article - Short

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

The Path of the Unseen Whale
Article - Short

Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

Cambodia’s Dirty Business
Article - Short

Three activists are living in exile following a campaign to expose Cambodia’s sand mining industry.

Pool-landia
Features

For 70 years, Iceland has kept afloat the idea that mandatory swimming lessons save lives, but the policy doesn’t hold water.

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