Satellite Images Show Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire

Vast stretches of Earth’s northern latitudes are on fire right now. Hot weather has engulfed a huge portion of the Arctic, from Alaska to Greenland to Siberia. That’s helped create conditions ripe for wildfires, including some truly massive ones burning in remote parts of the region that are being seen by satellites. Pierre Markuse, a […]

The dolphin who loved me: the Nasa-funded project that went wrong | Environment | The Guardian

Like most children, Margaret Howe Lovatt grew up with stories of talking animals. “There was this book that my mother gave to me called Miss Kelly,” she remembers with a twinkle in her eye. “It was a story about a cat who could talk and understand humans and it just stuck with me that maybe […]

No One Is Prepared for Hagfish Slime – The Atlantic

At first glance, the hagfish—a sinuous, tubular animal with pink-grey skin and a paddle-shaped tail—looks very much like an eel. Naturalists can tell the two apart because hagfish, unlike other fish, lack backbones (and, also, jaws). For everyone else, there’s an even easier method. “Look at the hand holding the fish,” the marine biologist Andrew […]

The Unequal Distribution of Catastrophe in North Carolina | The New Yorker

It is unsettling, and maybe emblematic of many American lives today, to perch safely but uneasily on the edge of catastrophe. Rainfall in eastern North Carolina passed thirty inches during Hurricane Florence, cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington from road access, and this week the state’s rivers are swelling as they return the water […]

What’s happening inside Hawaii’s Kilauea, the world’s longest-erupting volcano – The Washington Post

A plume of ash rises from Kilauea on Thursday. (USGS/Reuters) On Monday, a lava lake vanished from the top of Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii. The flow of liquid rock that normally fills Puu Oo crater, on the volcano’s eastern flank, had been abruptly turned off. Days later, a crack opened in the ground at a subdivision more than 10 miles […]

Hawaii volcano: Kilauea lava destroys Leilani Estates homes, earthquakes rattle Big Island – The Washington Post

Less than a week ago, Leilani Estates was the picture of serenity on Hawaii’s Big Island, a subdivision in the island’s eastern Puna district filled with wooden homes nestled in tropical plant-filled lots. The latest eruption of the island’s most active volcano changed everything. Shortly after Kilauea erupted Thursday, the ground split open on the east […]

Just How Big Is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is greater than we ever thought. And by greater, I mean worse. According to research published last month, it’s “increasing exponentially and at a faster rate than in surrounding waters.” The slurry of trash and seawater loosely held together by Pacific currents spans 617,762 square miles, roughly twice the size […]

Arks of the Apocalypse – The New York Times

Cover Photo Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Spitsbergen Island, Norway. Credit Spencer Lowell for The New York Times All around the world, scientists are building repositories of everything from seeds to ice to mammal milk — racing to preserve a natural order that is fast disappearing. 点击查看本文中文版 Photographs by SPENCER LOWELL and TEXT BY MALIA WOLLANJULY […]