Bats are trapped in nets to be examined for possible viruses in Gabon.

The Coronavirus Is Not Mother Nature’s Revenge

Ideas about natural and unnatural behavior causing disaster are simple, easy—and wrong.

Indian workers use boats to remove sand in Allahabad on March 16, 2018.

The Coming Sand Wars

Battles over mining sand in India are only the beginning.

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This Canadian River Disappeared in Four Days Thanks to Climate Change

Lost river is the first case of ‘river piracy’ in the modern era. Geologists say it has wreaked havoc on the local ecosystem.


It’s World Wildlife Day and We’re All Not So Slowly Dying

Observe the day by reflecting that we’re all inching closer toward mass extinction.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar From Hell

A nondescript pest is threatening African food stocks — and could be headed to Europe and Asia.

Ginseng plants belonging to Travis Cornett are photographed on Cornett's land in Boone, North Carolina on July 29, 2016.
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China’s Gold Rush in the Hills of Appalachia

Buyers in Hong Kong and Beijing are paying top dollar for wild American ginseng, fueling a digging frenzy that could decimate the revered root for good.


How Not to Be a Civilization

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

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 19:  A lionfish swims in a tank at Artisanal Foods on February 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Stopping the World’s Most Rapacious Invasive Species, One Fillet at a Time

The Pacific lionfish has taken over the Caribbean, killing reefs and decimating local species. Could Whole Foods be the answer?


How the ‘Ninja Lanternshark’ Got Its Name

Four children and a shark researcher spoke in a Google Hangout. The rest is taxonomic history.


If a Tree Falls in a National Park …

Activists, journalists, and even Michael Bloomberg have been agitating for Peru to finally make Sierra del Divisor a national park. But would it really save this endangered chunk of the Amazon?

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