Phosphorus Saved Our Way of Life—and Now Threatens to End It
Fertilizers filled with the nutrient boosted our ability to feed the planet. Today, they’re creating vast and growing dead zones in our lakes and seas.
February 27, 2023
The Great American Antler Boom
Every spring, shed hunters head to the woods looking for deer and elk antlers that may fetch thousands of dollars, or social-media fame.
March 7, 2022
Creating a Better Leaf
Could tinkering with photosynthesis prevent a global food crisis?
December 6, 2021
Deer Wars and Death Threats
A small subset of wild animals thrive alongside humans. An unusual—and polarizing—set of conservation projects have sprung up in response.
November 8, 2021
The Lost Canyon Under Lake Powell
Drought is shrinking one of the country’s largest reservoirs, revealing a hidden Eden.
August 9, 2021
CRISPR and the Splice to Survive
New gene-editing technology could be used to save species from extinction—or to eliminate them.
January 11, 2021
Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast
The state loses a football field’s worth of land every hour and a half. Now engineers are in a race to prevent it from sinking into oblivion.
March 25, 2019
Direct Eye Contact
The most sophisticated, most urban, most reproductively fruitful of bears.
February 26, 2018