NATURE The disruption that the coronavirus has caused to daily life has created unique research opportunities for scientists. Soon after COVID-19 lockdowns began in March 2020, physicians in certain nations noticed something unexpected: the number of premature births seemed to plummet. Preliminary research in one region of Ireland documented a 73% decrease in very-low-birth-weight babies1. … More Pandemic upheaval offers a huge natural experiment
OUTSIDE As a college student, writer Julia Rosen spent a summer on Alaska’s Taku Glacier, which kept growing for decades in spite of warming temperatures. Now, she reckons with its uncertain fate. Read the essay in Outside.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN The gas is making climate change worse. Can we harness it instead? Read the story in Scientific American.
THE NEW YORK TIMES A guide for kids, and everyone else, about climate change—and what we can do about it. Experience the interactive, illustrated story on The New York Times.
THE NEW YORK TIMES Definitive answers to the big questions. The science of climate change is more solid and widely agreed upon than you might think. But the scope of the topic, as well as rampant disinformation, can make it hard to separate fact from fiction. Here, we’ve done our best to present you with … More The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof
THE ATLANTIC We broke phosphorus. In a field of sugar beets outside Cambridge, England, Simon Kelly stands above a narrow trench gouged into the rusty earth, roughly 15 feet deep and 30 feet long. “Welcome to the pit,” says Kelly, a bespectacled, white-bearded geologist in a straw hat and khaki shirt. “You’re seeing something that … More Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements
THE NEW YORK TIMES Doctors recommend them before, during and even after a pregnancy. But regulation is spotty and finding the right pill can be hard. Read the full story in the New York Times.
YES! MAGAZINE Since California’s program launched in 2013, questions have swirled about whether cap and trade has helped or hurt people living in the shadow of the state’s largest emitters. Growing up in North Richmond, California, Denny Khamphanthong didn’t think much of the siren that wailed once a month, every first Wednesday at 11 a.m. … More Can California’s Cap and Trade Actually Address Environmental Justice?
HAKAI A surprisingly dense and isolated population of Humboldt martens is challenging our assumptions about the species. Skye looks official in her orange vest. She takes in her surroundings, gathering details that would escape most observers. With bright eyes and ramrod posture, she’s ready to work. But first she has to pee. She squats on … More Trapped Between Pavement and the Pacific
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Overuse of fertilizer has led to phosphorus shortages and water pollution. But farms might not need so much to grow healthy crops. Read the full story at NationalGeographic.com. *This story was supported by a science journalism fellowship from the European Geosciences Union.