A Man O’ War ‘Epidemic’ Is Sweeping Australian Beaches, and It Won’t Be the Last

Jellyfish and their relatives are taking over, man. Over the weekend, things got real weird off the coast of Queensland, Australia, where more than 2,600 people received treatment for stings from bluebottles, also known as the Indo-Pacific Portuguese man o’ war. These colonial critters have caused some 13,000 stings…

An ‘Extinction Event’ Is Unfolding in Washington State as Two More Endangered Orcas Fall Ill

Remember that orca mom that carried around her dead calf for more than two weeks in the Pacific Northwest’s Salish Sea? Tahlequah, also known as J-35, had a rough year, and 2019 isn’t shaping out to be much better for her. Now, her 42-year-old mother, J-17, appears malnourished and isn’t expected to make it to through…

Brazil’s New President Moves to Kick Indigenous People off Their Land Just Hours After Taking Office

The war against Brazil’s indigenous people has begun. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wasted no time his first two days in office, signing a decree Wednesday that hands over power to designate indigenous lands to the Ministry of Agriculture, a move that could have repercussions for the country’s 690…

This Engineer Wants to Turn Your Abandoned Christmas Tree Into Sustainable Household Products

Chemical engineer Cynthia Kartey is all about turning biomass—from leftover crop stalks to fallen trees—into something valuable. So Christmas sparked a lightbulb moment for Kartey, a Ph.D. student in the University of Sheffield, when she began to wonder what happens to peoples’ trees after the holiday season.

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