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.
THE NEW YORK TIMES There’s a huge fire debt in the West that must be paid off, experts say, either through controlled burns or out-of-control blazes. Either way, that means smoke. Read the full story in the New York Times.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Scientists determined that temperatures were 11 degrees cooler during the last ice age—and that finding has implications for modern-day warming. Listen to the podcast on Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Every year, Alaska’s big salmon runs feature smaller salmon. Climate change and competition with hatchery-raised salmon may be to blame. Listen to the podcast on Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Scientists spotted a mouse at the summit of Llullaillaco, a 22,000-foot-tall volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina. Listen to the podcast on Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Meteorologists take advantage of weather data collected by commercial jetliners at difference altitudes and locations. Fewer flights means less data. Listen to the podcast on Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.