Observation Deck

How Not to Be a Civilization

Mother Nature is using her words. Are we smart enough to heed them?


The Breathtaking Beauty of Our Planet’s Destruction

From 30,000 feet, the human stain of oil fields, coal mines, and bleached coral reefs looks almost otherworldly.


El Khadra Still Can’t Breathe

This devastated community has been calling for help for years. Even in the new Tunisia, no one’s listening.


From Cocaine Cowboys to Narco-Ranchers

As the drug trade takes over Central America, drug barons have found an increasingly reliable option for laundering their cash: cows.

The Cable

White House Issues Strict Rules for Arctic Drilling

New regulations could be a disincentive for companies to look for oil in the Arctic.


The Coldest Case

Eugene Mallove gave up everything to pursue the holy grail of nuclear energy. Did it cost him his life?


Troubled Waters

  Iran’s Lake Urmia once boasted flocks of flamingos and swarms of tourists eager to swim in salty waters that covered an area more than ...


Mapped: Killings of Environmental Defenders Surged in 2015

Almost 40 percent of those killed were indigenous people like Berta Cáceres.

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