Category Archives: Environment

Deadly Brain Disease Is Driving Swamp Birds Insane

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National Geographic — A mysterious disease has been killing ducks and eagles in Florida’s wetlands, and endangered snail kites may be its next victims.

There’s Still Hope for the Great Barrier Reef

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Slate — Fixing climate change isn’t the only thing we can do to help the reef recover.

Tensions Rise As Florida’s Fresh Water Grows Scarcer

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Audubon — Saltwater seeping from a nuclear power plant underscores the need to restore the Everglades’ natural water flow.

Storks Are Skipping Migration to Stay Home and Eat Garbage

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Audubon — It’s hard to blame the birds for choosing junk food in human cities and landfills over thousand-kilometer flights. But will it hurt them in the long run?

A Shot of Lime

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Hakai — Lime juice is a cheap and easy way to exterminate crown-of-thorns starfish.

Climate Change May Swallow Albatross’ Nesting Grounds Sooner Than We Thought

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Audubon — Bigger storms caused by rising seas will flood seabird nests long before their colonies are actually submerged—and albatrosses may be too stubborn to adapt.

No Birdsong Near Abandoned Colorado Mines

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Audubon — Colorado’s toxic “yellow river” may look bad, but it’s just a visual manifestation of a larger problem.

The Internet of Elephant Seals

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Vice Motherboard — Strap a satellite tag onto an elephant seal’s head and — voilà! — you have a living oceanographic instrument.

The Robots That Dare to Explore Antarctica’s Frozen Ocean

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Vice Motherboard — Sending robots where no human dares to go: Beneath Antarctica’s frozen ice shelves.

Life Finds A Way

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Hakai — How will Japan’s new volcanic island turn green?

Intemperate Planet

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Nautilus — How Natural Systems Magnify the Effects of Global Warming

Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Construction

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Smithsonian — A floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and blooms