SCIENCE U.S. weather service union fears that automation threatens jobs and sacrifices forecasters’ local knowledge Last week, things began stirring inside the truck-size box that sat among melting piles of snow at the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska. Before long, the roof of the box yawned open and a weather balloon took off into the sunny … More Robotic weather balloon launchers spread in Alaska
HAKAI Regulations aimed at reducing pollution pushed ships to slow down. Read the full story in Hakai.
THE OPEN NOTEBOOK Earth has a memory problem. Few rocks have survived from the first billion years of the planet’s history, when all kinds of important things happened, including—perhaps—the first stirrings of life. This amnesia has made it hard for researchers to piece together our origin story, and answer the really big questions like How … More Rebecca Boyle Excavates Earth’s Earliest History
SCIENCE Vast bioenergy plantations could suck up carbon and stave off climate change. They would also radically reshape the planet On a sunny day this past October, three dozen people file into a modest, mint-green classroom at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman to glimpse a vision of the future. Some are scientists, but most … More The Carbon Harvest
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.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Exhaust fumes from oceangoing vessels lead to an almost doubling of lightning activity over shipping lanes compared to adjacent areas of the sea. Listen to the podcast on Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.
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.