Eyes on the deep

Decades of exploring the seafloor have helped oceanographer Samantha Joye tackle marine issues — from the underwater movement of oil from Deepwater Horizon to the biology of remote microbial communities

Laura Poppick • knowable
April 29, 2021 ~12 min

Save the microbes!

OPINION: Recent data suggest that microbial diversity is under threat — which puts the entire planet at risk

Muhammad Saleem • knowable
April 20, 2021 ~6 min

A healthy environment as a human right

UN recognition would strengthen legal arguments for preserving nature

Katarina Zimmer • knowable
April 20, 2021 ~12 min

Growing a more resilient global food system

Covid-19 has been a stress test for the world’s food supply chains — and a preview of looming threats. That’s making efforts to improve the journey from farm to fork more urgent than ever.

Bob Holmes • knowable
March 19, 2021 ~20 min

10 years after the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, I’m still worried

OPINION: The cleanup of the past decade at the Japanese power plant could be set back if authorities don’t properly handle a massive stockpile of contaminated water

Ken Buesseler • knowable
March 11, 2021 ~8 min

Battling arsenic pollution

Arsenic-poisoned water remains a threat to public health the world over. Scientists hope to change that.

Silke Schmidt • knowable
March 5, 2021 ~14 min

The essential fly

Think before you swat: The much-maligned fly could be the key to ensuring future supplies of many of the world’s favorite foods

Stephanie Pain • knowable
March 2, 2021 ~16 min

The dazzling history of solar power

PODCAST: Once fringe and futuristic, this renewable energy shines brightly today as a cheap and efficient source of energy. Still, it remains controversial — for much different reasons.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 13, 2021 ~16 min

How to rebuild California forests, with climate in mind

After the catastrophic fires of the past decade, land managers may need to reseed vast acreages. Can they buffer against climate change in the process?

Ula Chrobak • knowable
Dec. 16, 2020 ~20 min

Are wildlife trade bans backfiring?

Trafficking in wild animal and plant products is driving species to extinction, but some researchers think restrictions only spur demand and make things worse

Natasha Gilbert • knowable
Nov. 13, 2020 ~19 min