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Here’s How the World’s Largest No-Fishing Zone Helped the Fishing Industry

Located 155 miles northwest of the Hawaiian Archipelago lies one of the world’s largest marine protected areas: Papahānaumokuākea National Monument. Only recently overtaken by Antarctica’s Ross Sea, the monument boasts a large, tropical, and biodiverse community. The fishing exclusion zone of Papahānaumokuākea covers 583,000 square miles, an area larger than all national parks in the […]

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Talking Trees: Is There Some Truth to the Fairy Tales?

While many consider plants to be passive organisms, the reality is quite the opposite. Plants are in constant motion, moving with purpose to detect and respond to their fluctuating environmental conditions. Not only do plants transmit hormonal signals, known as phytohormones, from root to leaf, but they communicate with their neighbors, too. New research in […]

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The Uncertain Future of America’s Fish Basket

Within the pristine rivers and tributaries of southwest Alaska from June to late July, it is impossible to miss the crimson sockeye salmon as they travel upstream to give birth to the next generation of anadromous fish. Alaska’s Bristol Bay is home to the natal spawning streams for all five species of Pacific salmon: sockeye, […]

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One Small Step for Slug…

Within the intertidal salt marsh of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, a peculiar creature swims among the algae. The Elysia chlorotica, or the Emerald Green Sea Slug, is no more than two inches long at maturation and only lives for about eleven months, but this tiny sea slug has offered some major contributions to studies of symbiosis, […]

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Chernobyl’s Red Forest: An Environmental Perspective on Technological Innovation and Destruction

Walking across a dead pine tree along one of the tributary streams of the Pripyat River, a pack of wolves searches the forest for their next meal. Mice and foxes hear the pack rustling through the woods and flee, diving into pine burrows and damp wooden walls to avoid detection. Eventually, the group stumbles upon […]

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The Bhopal Disaster: A Tragedy That Never Ended 

On the night of December 2, 1984, a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India leaked between 30 to 40 tons of poisonous gas into the surrounding area. The immediate effects were catastrophic for the community and the environment. In one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, it is estimated that the leak exposed over half a […]

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The Extinction of Extinction

Throughout history, humans have been responsible for the extinction of many species due to hunting, deforestation, the introduction of non-native species, and habitat destruction. Some of the most well-known examples are dodo birds, passenger pigeons, and woolly mammoths, all of which were hunted to extinction. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), […]

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Invasive Lionfish Threaten the Biodiversity of Coral Reefs

Just off the coast of Belize lies the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Home to an abundance of biodiversity, the Belize Barrier Reef hosts nearly 1,400 different species. Of those organisms, lionfish were only recently introduced to the ecosystem. Native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Pterois volitans and Pterois miles, two species of […]

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Spiraling Like Hurricane Ian: The Cycle of Natural Disasters and Climate Change

On September 28th, 2022, Lee County of western Florida saw climate change knocking on its doors, inviting itself in, and ruining its communities. In the blink of an eye, neighborhoods, businesses, and wildlife were swept up and washed away by Hurricane Ian—an environmental catastrophe strengthened by climate change whose long-lingering damage will take decades to […]