Featured Articles

Pre-Inca Canal System Uses Hillsides as Sponges to Store Water
in Eos

A team of hydrologists, engineers, and social scientists hoping to strengthen the water security of Lima and other Peruvian cities analyzed a 1,400-year-old nature-based system developed by pre-Inca mountain communities. 

This story was a SciShortform Honorable Mention for Q4 of 2019 and has been translated into Spanish.

For the Sunrise Movement’s D.C. Hub, a Call to Support the Movement for Black Lives
in InsideClimate News

After George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, over 50 members of the Sunrise Movement’s D.C. hub met virtually to discuss how they could best show up to support Washington’s protests against police brutality, and how they could improve racial equity within their own organization. 

Agriculture, mining, hunting push critically endangered gorilla to the brink
In Mongabay

Maiko National Park is one of just two national parks in the world known to contain the highly endangered Grauer’s gorilla, but the bushmeat trade, artisanal mining, and increasing population pressure are jeopardizing the species.

This story was one of the top 15 most-read stories on Mongabay in 2019.

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Earth Sciences

To Protect the World’s Sand, We Need to Know How to Measure It, in Eos
NSF Plots a Course for the Next Decade of Earth Sciences Research, in Eos
New England forests were historically shaped by climate, not people, in Eos
Poor water management implicated in failure of ancient Khmer capital in Eos
Forgotten trove of fossil feathers belonged to tiny polar dinosaurs in Ars Technica
Hurricanes, climate change, and the decline of the Maya in Ars Technica
Pre-Inca Canal System Uses Hillsides as Sponges to Store Water in Eos
One of Europe’s worst famines likely caused by devastating floods in AGU’s GeoSpace
A 450-Year Record of North Sea Herring, Pried from Clams in Hakai Magazine


Power lines may mess with honeybees’ behavior and ability to learn in Science News
A new pesticide is all the buzz in Ars Technica
This shrimplike creature makes aluminum armor in Science Magazine
Super-spreaders: How the curious life of a newt could ignite a pandemic in Mongabay
How acoustic monitoring gave us a last chance to save the vaquita in Mongabay
Nearly half of Mount Oku frogs are in danger of croaking, study finds in Mongabay
A spate of death’s in India’s oldest tiger reserve causes concern in Pacific Standard

Environment and Sustainability

Agriculture, mining, hunting push critically endangered gorilla to the brink in Mongabay
The world needs to get serious about managing sand in Science Magazine
Huge rubber plantation in Cameroon halts deforestation following rebuke in Mongabay
Tropical deforestation is the third-biggest carbon emitter in the world in Pacific Standard
What’s causing deforestation? in Mongabay
Plantations can produce more palm oil if they keep rivers forested in Mongabay
As biomass energy gains traction, southern US forests feel the burn in Mongabay
Estonia’s trees: valued resource or squandered second chance? in Mongabay
Mothers vs. loggers: the destruction of Bialowieza Forest splits Poland in Mongabay
Sand mining ban lifted on beach in Suriname in Mongabay
In the fishing industry, gear recycling is finally catching on in Ensia

Science History

Space Weather Lessons from a 1928 Dirigible Debacle, in Eos
How the Institute went coed in MIT Technology Review
Edmond Dewan, citizen science, and the mystery of ball lightning in Eos
The Mystery of the 19th Century Maine Marine Monster in Hakai Magazine