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Yosemite National Park Blanketed in Smoke as California Burns Yosemite National Park Blanketed in Smoke as California Burns

There’s nothing like a trip to Yosemite National Park to escape the daily horrors of civilization and bask in the stark beauty of nature. Except this is 2018, so of course Yosemite is now shrouded in smoke from a raging, deadly wildfire.

A Warming Antarctica Could Be Primed For Invasive Species A Warming Antarctica Could Be Primed For Invasive Species

In 2017, marine biologist Erasmo Macaya was shocked to discover bits of kelp on the remote Antarctic island of King George, hundreds of miles from its natural habitat. He knew he’d found something strange, but he wasn’t aware he’d just uncovered evidence of a journey spanning over 10,000 miles—one that could portend a…

Kilauea's Eruption Produced This Tiny, Short-Lived Island Kilauea's Eruption Produced This Tiny, Short-Lived Island

It’s been a minute since we checked in on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, but the pyrotechnic wonder that’s given us blue fire, rivers of lava, and volcanic tornados hasn’t slowed down. Recently, the eruption birthed something far more earthly but equally spectacular: A new island.

Eight Critically Endangered Black Rhinos Are Dead After Botched Translocation [Updated] Eight Critically Endangered Black Rhinos Are Dead After Botched Translocation [Updated]

In news that is appalling even by the standards of 2018, multiple outlets are reporting that eight black rhinos are dead after an attempt to translocate them to a wildlife park in southern Kenya last month.

Why Florida's Largest Lake Is Filled With Toxic Algae, Again Why Florida's Largest Lake Is Filled With Toxic Algae, Again

In what has become a deeply unwelcome summertime tradition, Floridians are once again finding their waterways befouled with blue-green algae.

The Arctic's Metabolism Is Speeding Up, and That's Bad The Arctic's Metabolism Is Speeding Up, and That's Bad

The Arctic tundra keeps an enormous amount of carbon in check in its soils, but as the region warms, that carbon could start leaking back into the atmosphere in a big way. A new study adds fuel to this concern by showing that at the longest-monitored site in the Arctic, our planet’s metabolism is speeding up.

An Iceberg the Size of Lower Manhattan Just Broke off Greenland

Iceberg calving events are among the more epic spectacles on the planet. But rarely have humans been lucky enough to see them happen in real time, much less capture one on camera.

Science Takes a Baby Step Toward Baby Northern White Rhinos Science Takes a Baby Step Toward Baby Northern White Rhinos

A team of scientists received a flurry of press attention this week when they announced they’d created rhino embryos in the lab—a step along the path to bringing the northern white rhino back from functional extinction.

You Should Visit a Rainforest You Should Visit a Rainforest

I’m as hopelessly plugged in as the next person, but every so often I dream of giving up Twitter and Amazon Prime for good, and getting lost in a tropical rainforest.

This Artist Reimagined Disney Princesses as Badass Earth Scientists This Artist Reimagined Disney Princesses as Badass Earth Scientists

Growing up, I confess I wasn’t exactly a Disney princess fan. My quirky, nature-loving childhood self could relate to the mud-wallowing jungle creatures in The Lion King, but unattainably beautiful women in spectacular dresses with castles and suitors? Not so much. Disney princesses who are also Earth and…

More Shipping in the Arctic Is Bad News for Narwhals More Shipping in the Arctic Is Bad News for Narwhals

The Northwest Passage—the fabled maritime shortcut from the Bering Straight to the eastern Canadian Arctic—is increasingly becoming a real thing as climate change causes an Arctic meltdown. But as these icy waters become more and more navigable, the marine mammals who call them home face new threats.

The First Awful Heat Wave of the Summer Is Here The First Awful Heat Wave of the Summer Is Here

Dust off your sprinklers and get those popsicles in the freezer. The first disgusting summer heat wave is here for folks in the central and eastern U.S., and it’s only going to get worse.

Offshore Wind Could Finally Start to Catch on in the US Offshore Wind Could Finally Start to Catch on in the US

There’s a huge amount of energy blowing in the wind right offshore, but America has been slow to take advantage of it, with just one small offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. But that may soon be changing.

Wow, Americans Are Actually Getting Better at Conserving Something Wow, Americans Are Actually Getting Better at Conserving Something

It’s not every day we hear Americans are doing an okay job on the conservation front, but that appears to be the case when it comes to water usage. A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report finds U.S. water consumption is at its lowest level in more than 45 years.

Feral Cats Are Slaughtering Australia's Reptiles Feral Cats Are Slaughtering Australia's Reptiles

Feral cats are an ecological scourge, wreaking havoc on wild mammal, bird, and reptile populations. That doesn’t make the impact of these rogue floof monsters on Australia’s reptile population any less astonishing, though.

TV Meteorologists Double Down on Climate Outreach as Ted Cruz Attacks It TV Meteorologists Double Down on Climate Outreach as Ted Cruz Attacks It

On Thursday, TV meteorologists around the world busted out red, white, and blue striped ties, pins, and mugs on the air. It wasn’t a random burst of America pride, but rather an attempt to raise awareness about climate change.

West Antarctica's Springy Bedrock Is Some Rare Good News For Its Ice West Antarctica's Springy Bedrock Is Some Rare Good News For Its Ice

A team of scientists has learned that the ground beneath West Antarctica’s most vulnerable glaciers is weirdly bouncy. The finding suggests this critical sector of the ice sheet might have a hidden defense against runaway collapse, but how much that helps us depends on if we take action to rein in climate change.

Kilauea's Summit Crater Has Been Radically Transformed

Throughout Kilauea’s ongoing and spectacularly destructive eruption, our eyes have mostly been trained on the fire fountains and vast river of lava flowing through the lower East Rift Zone. But there’s also been an incredible amount of drama unfolding at the volcano’s summit that shows no signs of letting up.

New Delhi's Air Pollution Went Off the Scale This Week [Updated] New Delhi's Air Pollution Went Off the Scale This Week [Updated]

It’s no secret that New Delhi has a serious air pollution problem. But this week, things went from regular bad to real life is now the Upside Down.

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