PACIFIC STANDARD Will the environmental impact of cannabis balloon as legalization sweeps across the country? It’s hard to get a word in with Derek Smith. He’s winding through the crowd, shaking hands and nodding hellos across the locker-lined corridors of Revolution Hall, a hulking high school auditorium-turned-venue in Portland, Oregon. At one point, Smith stops … More In Search of a Greener Future for the Weed Industry
BIOGRAPHIC In trying to untangle a mysterious herring collapse from the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, scientists in Prince William Sound are revealing just how resilient—and unpredictable—marine ecosystems can be. On a cold day in June, Scott Pegau leans toward the passenger window of a Cessna floatplane and peers out at the teal … More Boom and Busted
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN A trove of scientific notes from the early 1900s suggests a warming climate is driving birds to migrate earlier to New York’s Mohonk Preserve. Listen to the podcast at Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.
HAKAI Fishing has dramatically reduced the number of senior fish left in the ocean. Read the full story at Hakai.
SCIENCE Human factors may prolong storm-boosting Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation phase Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005, but in some ways, it was long overdue. For decades now, tropical storms have been getting a boost from a powerful but still mysterious long-term cycle in North Atlantic … More How an ocean climate cycle favored Harvey
OREGON HUMANITIES As efforts to clean up Portland Harbor begin, the communities most affected by pollution see a chance to reconnect to the Willamette River. When Wilma Alcock was young, she fished the Willamette River nearly every weekend. Her favorite spot was Mock’s Bottom—a crescent of land that lies at the base of the steep … More A City’s Lifeblood
ARCTIC DEEPLY An explorer’s wind-powered sled is turning out to be a cleaner, simpler way for polar researchers to do their work studying pollutants on the Greenland ice sheet. Read the full story at Arctic Deeply.
NATURE CAREERS Creative minds are shrinking research’s big carbon footprint. In July 2015, Stephanie and Fraser Januchowski-Hartley left their home in Totnes, UK, and headed for the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France. Instead of catching a flight, they boarded a boat and then made their way across France by bicycle and train, … More A greener culture
HIGH COUNTRY NEWS In California’s Eastern Sierra, bringing back bighorn has meant killing more mountain lions. Standing in the middle of an icy trail on a bright December day, Tom Stephenson sweeps an H-shaped antenna overhead, searching for something he already knows is there. Through the blizzard of static on his handheld speaker, faint beeps … More The cost of the bighorn comeback
SCIENCE PODCAST Mission leader Scott Bolton talks about surprises in the first data from the Juno mission, including what Jupiter’s poles look like and a peak under its outer cloud layers. Listen to the interview on the Science Podcast.