RECENT STORIES

Clearing the Tinderbox, Science, Sept. 17, 2021. Environmentalists, loggers and scientists find common ground as they seek to save a forest from destructive wildfires. What lessons do they have for how to fix Western forests?

The Plastic Eaters, Science, July 2, 2021. Microbes that have evolved to feed on plastic – with help from genetic engineering – might be able to take a bite out of the plastic recycling problem.

Unleashing Big Muddy, Science, April 23, 2021. When engineers put the Mississippi River behind walls, it starved Louisiana’s coast of vital sediment. Now scientists want to free the river to rescue the state’s vanishing marshlands.

A Dam Big Problem, Science, Aug. 21, 2020. Dams at mines are failing around the world, killing people and burying ecosystems in waves of toxic mine waste. Scientists are searching for ways to build safer dams and keep existing ones from collapsing.

Minefield, Science, Sept. 27, 2019. Daniel Schindler has spent years unraveling the secrets behind the world’s largest sockeye salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Now, the pugnacious scientist finds himself and his work at the center of a fierce battle pitting environmentalists and salmon fishers against a company that wants to build a massive gold and copper mine there.

The Reef Builders, Science, Mar. 22, 2019. Coral reefs around the world are dying, thanks to heatwaves driven by climate change. Desperate coral biologists are now searching for lab-created tools that might pull reefs back from the brink, including tinkering with the genes of coral.