Fishing for Rubbish

Villagers in Indonesia’s Banda Islands are trying to cut the plastic waste littering their beaches and spilling into their coral reefs.

Catherine Lamoureux

Elimination of Mexican Gray Wolf Pack a Blow to Conservation Efforts

Killing of Prieto pack in Gila National Forest by federal agents and private ranchers highlights longstanding tensions between wolf conservation and public lands livestock grazing.

Fiona McLeod

Trump Tells Agencies to Cut Environment Reviews, Citing ‘Economic Emergency’

Changes could hurt communities of color, which are more likely to live with pollution due to decades of environmental racism.

Emily Holden The Guardian

Covid-19 and Africa’s National Parks: ‘Utter and Total Devastation’ 

Closed to tourists, pandemic is taking major toll on Virunga’s finances, local economy, as park reels from recent violence.

Sophie Neiman

Being Black while in Nature: ‘You’re an Endangered Species’

Many black nature-lovers have to employ defense mechanisms — lest a situation turn sticky and they have to answer questions from a suspecting police officer.

Poppy Noor The Guardian

Humans Explain Things to Me

Nature once tumbled through our language. There are practical ways we can bring it back.

William Powers

Finding Second Lives for Electric Car Batteries

The production of electric and hybrid vehicles generates tons of battery waste, but some companies are finding creative ways to reduce it.

Bill Siuru

With Warming Temperatures, Alaska Pollock Are Shifting Northward

In the Bering Sea, fish are finding refuge far from their traditional range. What does this mean for ecosystems and commercial fisheries?

Theresa Soley

Rock Climbing Can Pose Threat to Cliff-Dwelling Birds, but May also Offer Opportunity

Despite disturbing high-altitude habitat, climbers could be a valuable resource for bird conservation projects.

Brianna Grant

Race, Wealth, and Public Spaces: US Beaches are a New Flashpoint of the Lockdown

Beaches are a polarizing issue amid the pandemic. Experts say that’s because a ‘frenzy of privatization’ led to smaller, more crowded public spaces.

Ankita Rao The Guardian

Returning to ‘Normal’ Would Be Suicide

We cannot go back to a world in which corporate profits take priority over planetary survival.

Aaron G. Lehmer-Chang

Cross-Border Birds

As greater snow geese follow their ancient migratory path to the Canadian Arctic this spring, a century-old US law meant to protect them is in flux.

Rachel Sturges

‘Blue Index’ Captures Our Emotional Reactions to Urban Waterscapes

By collecting immediate, on-site impressions of people’s experiences with creeks, ponds, and wetlands, new assessment tool could guide protection and restoration of blue spaces.

Rebecca Wodder

Covid-19 Stalls Rescue of Albatross Chicks from Giant Mice

Gough Island in South Atlantic is home to mutant rodents that feast on some 2 million young seabirds every year.

Mark Brown The Guardian

Wildlife Tourism Can Pose Disease Threat to Wild Animals

Tourism is a powerful conservation tool, but when people get too close, it can also facilitate spread of dangerous pathogens.

Brianna Grant

Hope in the Time of the Petrolocene

The first step to moving beyond fossil fuels is recognizing that they remove human agency through their addictive properties and chaotic global effects.

Theodore Grudin