Avoiding Extinction

September 20, 2017

by Sarah Gilman • Giving Mexico’s rarest porpoise, the vaquita, a fighting chance in the face of poverty, corruption, and greed.


Sand? Mine!

September 13, 2017

by Tyee Bridge • Our insatiable need for concrete has led to destructive mining around the world. How can we do it better?


The Oral History of Toothless Whales

August 28, 2017

by Jennifer S. Holland

Baleen whales carry their medical records in their mouths.


Blasting Through the Hunley Mystery

August 23, 2017

by Evan Lubofsky

A maverick scientist claims she has done what scores of researchers before her failed to do: solve the century-old mystery of why a legendary Civil War submarine sank.


The Great Quake and the Great Drowning

August 21, 2017

by Ann Finkbeiner

Mega-quakes have periodically rocked North America’s Pacific Northwest. Indigenous people told terrifying stories about the devastation but refused to leave.


The Power of Compassion

August 15, 2017

by Elin Kelsey

Why humpback whales rescue seals and why volunteering for beach cleanups improves your health.


Peeping in on the Mile Deep Club

August 8, 2017

by Eloise Gibson

Braving an Antarctic winter to catch Chilean sea bass in the act.


The Fisher Kings

July 25, 2017

by Zach Zorich

Along southern Florida’s coast, the ancient Calusa constructed an entire island of shell and defied the Spanish Conquest.


Hunger’s Children

July 18, 2017

by Ann Finkbeiner

Fleeing the Irish Famine, some immigrants brought their islands with them to North America.


How Many Countries Does it Take to Save a Fish?

July 11, 2017

by Sasha Chapman

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