Earth's Deadliest Mass Extinction Was Driven by Toxic Volcano Plumes

Mother Earth can be crueler than Thanos when she wants to be.
Becky Ferreira
shifting tides

Preparing for Japan's Next Tsunami

The island nation’s new warning system will broadcast qualitative alerts like takai and kyodai ("high" and "huge") during future Pacific megathrust earthquakes, to better urge people to evacuate before the waves come.
Matthew Komatsu
A Lot of Diamonds

There May Be a Quadrillion Tons of Diamond Buried Deep Inside the Earth

A new study estimates that Earth’s interior contains 1000 times more diamond than we thought.
Sarah Emerson
ozone layer

China’s Construction Industry Is Putting Earth’s Ozone Layer Back At Risk

A rise in atmospheric levels of CFC-11, a substance banned by the Montreal Protocol, prompted environmental investigators to find the source.
Becky Ferreira
team earth

Stop Saying 'Humans Suck' Because of Climate Change, Says Astrobiologist

Adam Frank’s new book Light of the Stars explores how the search for intelligent alien life in the universe can help humans combat climate change on Earth.
Becky Ferreira
Dig Deep

The Geoduck Diver

Hozoji Matheson-Margullis is widely recognized for her pummeling drum chops. But at 37, the emerging marine biologist is making waves at the forefront of Native American STEM in an age of climate change and Trump.
Brian Anderson
Capture Loops

Oregon Wants to Kill More Federally-Protected Sea Lions to Save Endangered Fish

A case study in the unforeseen consequences of well-meaning attempts at wildlife conservation in the Pacific Northwest, so protective as to be counterproductive.
Leslie Nemo
Google Earth

This Trippy Google Earth Animation Shows All the Patterns Humans Make Around the World

Páraic McGloughlin turned man-made patterns into a high-speed kaleidoscope of earth.
Samantha Cole

The Sinking Brothel

The sex workers of Banishanta, an island on Bangladesh’s southwestern coast, stand to be washed away by rising sea levels.
Matthew Bremner

The Plan to Build a Gold Mine on a Seismic Fault in Greece

“The problem is that we can never predict when an earthquake can strike.”
Sarah Souli

11 Billion Pieces of Plastic Are Making Coral Reefs Sick

Plastic is suffocating and infecting coral reefs.
Rebecca Flowers

Half-Assed Solar Geoengineering Is Worse Than Climate Change Itself

A cautionary tale for messing with the environment.
Rebecca Flowers