Wildfire Season Is Almost Here, and Coronavirus Is Making Us Less Prepared
Training is cancelled, controlled burns on hold, and fire camps are "the opposite of social distancing." Officials are scrambling to "transform" firefighting amid a pandemic and running out of time.
Scientists Need Help Looking for Aliens in Massive New Trove of SETI Data
The Breakthrough Listen project just released two petabytes of SETI data, and anyone from scientists to coders with experience in Python and a bit of gumption can look for signs of extraterrestrial life.
We're Now Harvesting Crabs to Make Plastic
Invasive green crabs are a problem for conservationists, and now scientists in Canada will start receiving shipments of them to make biodegradable plastic cups and cutlery.
How Nationalism Set the Amazon on Fire
Letting his citizens chip away at the world’s biggest rainforest was a part of the promise Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro made to ranchers.
Millions of Californians Lost Power Because PG&E Refused to Spend Money to Fix Its Problems
“I can’t say how frustrated I am,” says a city councilor in Paradise, a town that was completely razed by the 2018 fires caused by PG&E.
Nationalism Is an Environmental Disaster
Blind nationalism is the enemy of the environment and the climate, and it's about much more than a border wall.
New, Dire Climate Models Say the Planet Warms Faster Than We Thought
Two new models say the Earth is even more sensitive to emissions than we thought, and humanity has to work even harder to meet Paris agreement targets.
Pirates, Stowaways, Vigilantes: ‘The Outlaw Ocean’ Humanizes Crime on the High Seas
Reporter Ian Urbina spent years at sea reporting on maritime crime. His new book exposes the strange world that few on land ever experience.
A New Generation of Students Is Teaching Us How to Reduce E-Waste
In colleges and universities across the United States, students are taking classes on how to repair our electronics that normally end up as e-waste.
The Amazon Wildfires Aren't Natural. Blame Humans
As the Amazon burns, it's important to know that intense wildfires aren't natural to the largest tropical rainforest ecosystem on Earth—people are to blame.
How to Plant Trees and Save the World
A guide to small- and large-scale reforestation efforts to help both humans and the planet.
The Amazon Is on Fire and the Smoke Can Be Seen from Space
The Amazon has been burning for weeks amid increasing deforestation. The intense smoke was detected by NASA and plunged São Paulo into darkness on Monday.