THE ATLANTIC Preserving the world’s great expanses of grass could be essential to combatting climate change. Once upon a time, not a blade of grass could be found on this planet we call home. There were no verdant meadows, no golden prairies, no sunbaked savannas, and certainly no lawns. Only in the past 80 million … More Trees Are Overrated
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
HAKAI Regulations aimed at reducing pollution pushed ships to slow down. Read the full story in Hakai.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC The fight over the proposed Pebble mine in southern Alaska is a harbinger: Global copper demand is expected to grow dramatically. Read the full story at NationalGeographic.com.
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
HAKAI Fishing has dramatically reduced the number of senior fish left in the ocean. Read the full story at Hakai.
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
Obama’s expansion of Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is a small nod to the value of biodiversity and landscape connectivity. Michael Parker scrambles to the top of Vulture Rock just as the first drops of rain start to fall. Through the mist, the vast green tapestry of southern Oregon unfolds below him, a patchwork of recently … More Connecting the dots
Nooks and crannies offer safe harbor from a changing climate. Connie Millar picks her way across a boulder field in California’s Lee Vining Canyon. The ramparts of the High Sierra, which mark the east entrance of Yosemite National Park, claw at the western horizon. Across the valley, RVs grumble down the curves of Tioga Pass … More Where species will find refuge