Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

It’s grief over the thousands of structures and at least 33 lives lost so far; grief over another villain conspiring with Covid-19 to lock people indoors; grief that the orange-hued dystopia of Blade Runner is now a reality in smoky San Francisco ; grief over losing any sense of normalcy, or indeed a clear future.

Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I

Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I

During World War I, this stretch of pastoral landscape, which the generals (and now historians) called the Ypres Salient, was one of the most heavily trenched, mined, mortared, bombed, gassed, pillaged, burned, and bullet-riddled places along the Western Front.

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

A heat dome “is really just sort of a colloquial term for a persistent and/or strong high-pressure system that occurs during the warm season, with the end result being a lot of heat,” says climate scientist Daniel Swain of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

According to radiocarbon dates of charcoal fragments mixed in with the layers of dirt that make up the platform, people started building Aguada Fenix by around 1000 BCE (although Inomata and his colleagues can’t rule out the idea that construction started even earlier).

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

The grazers might also prefer grasses to shrubs, which changes the vertical structure of the vegetation, further increasing the fire risk.So while the grazers are doing a helpful job of eating up some potential tinder, they’re leaving behind vegetation that is extra-flammable—which is a mixed bag, in terms of wildfire prevention.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

“Where permafrost tends to be lake sediment or organic soils, the type of Earth material that can hold a lot of water, these are like sponges on the landscape,” says Turetsky.

Cats Are Making Australia's Bushfire Tragedy Even Worse

Cats Are Making Australia's Bushfire Tragedy Even Worse

Yet another study found feral cats are highly attracted to areas that burned recently and tend to avoid ones three months or older, perhaps because vegetation has begun to grow back by that time, or they’ve simply obliterated the prey species there.

Novels for Nature Lovers

Novels for Nature Lovers

But there are fictions writers out there who write well, and passionately, about the natural world.Many of them are written by novelists who are also scientists or science writers, and they all get the details of wildlife and wild places right.

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe scale of this photo makes it’s hard to tell how massive these sand dunes are.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThis image looks like something seen through a microscope, but no, this is a large swath of Martian terrain.

Drawing With Drones Over the Salt Flats of Bolivia

Drawing With Drones Over the Salt Flats of Bolivia

Stretching across more than 4,000 square miles of South America’s Altiplano (high plain), Salar de Uyuni (literally, the salts of Uyuni, the nearest town) is the world’s largest salt flat, a nearly featureless white landscape left behind by the evaporation of prehistoric lakes.

The Spellbinding Allure of Seoul's Fake Urban Mountains

The Spellbinding Allure of Seoul's Fake Urban Mountains

Around a decade ago, South Korean photographer Seunggu Kim began noticing a new trend of luxury apartment complexes in Seoul being built around elaborate re-creations of famous Korean mountains.

Create Wildlife Habitat Around Your House

Create Wildlife Habitat Around Your House

Today, there’s a new movement afoot known as natural landscaping: using native trees, shrubs, and low plants to add textural diversity to a yard while attracting and benefiting wildlife.

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

For the first time the Whakatipu lake floor will be mapped to build a picture of the potential for local tsunami hazards in the future.

Move Over, San Andreas: There’s an Ominous New Fault in Town

Move Over, San Andreas: There’s an Ominous New Fault in Town

When I asked Caltech geologist Brian Wernicke, a giant in the field of global geophysics, if it was possible that Faulds was paying too much attention to the Walker Lane, he replied, quickly and without irony: “Well, it's the most interesting place in the world.” In terms of understanding how continents deform and how seismic hazards relate to plate tectonics, he added, “it's an unparalleled natural laboratory.”.

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

The success of these investments will be enhanced by considering gender-responsive activities and actions when designing and implementing forest landscape projects and programs.

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

"I took a lot of the photographs from my driveway, essentially." The hard work of local firefighters saved the house, and Cooley continued photographing the aftermath of the fire, which eventually consumed over 7,000 acres, becoming one of the largest in Los Angeles history.

See Peru's Pastoruri Glacier Melting via Drone-Mounted LEDs

See Peru's Pastoruri Glacier Melting via Drone-Mounted LEDs

Drone Scouts, of CourseWu has shot conceptual landscape photography in some of the world's most remote locations—East Java, Patagonia, Chile's Atacama Desert, Norway's Svalbard Archipelago—but this shoot, part of a mini-documentary about Wu's photography done as part of a Coors Light ad campaign, gave him the opportunity to highlight global warming by photographing a fast-receding glacier, one of the last in South America.

Capturing the Aftermath of Wildfires in France

Capturing the Aftermath of Wildfires in France

"The forest stands its ground, fights back, and survives," he says.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeThe 'Liquidators' Who Risked It All to Clean Up ChernobylLaura MalloneeHow That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo HappenedLaura MalloneeA Cross-Country Road Trip, Courtesy of Google Street ViewFrance lost 60,000 acres to wildfires last year, most in the southern Mediterranean rim.

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Historically, high-severity fires kill trees but do not destroy the forest. In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, fires in 2016 burned young forests that regenerated from fires in 1988 and 2000.