The Lawless High Seas May Soon Gain Protections Under a Groundbreaking Ocean Treaty

THE SARGASSO SEA—Ana Paula, the Esperanza’s officer in charge of the crew and equipment, readies the great white crane to drop the manta trawl into the Sargasso Sea. The trawl’s yellow wings and nearly 10-foot long mesh net that give it the appearance of a manta ray, its namesake, stretch out alongside the Esperanza,…

Mauna Kea's Thirty Meter Telescope Is the Latest Front in the New Fight for Indigenous Sovereignty

Kealoha Pisciotta used to journey up Mauna Kea in Hawaii for work. A Native Hawaiian (or Kanaka Maoli), Pisciotta worked at the Joint Astronomy Center for some 12 years helping tune and care for the telescope instruments. She liked her job and aspired to become a cosmologist someday, studying the galaxies for a…

California Is First State Where Utilities Must Tell Customers if Their Water Is Contaminated by Dangerous Chemicals

If you don’t know about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more often referred to as PFAS, you really need to catch up. These manmade chemicals are found in some nonstick cooking gear and even food wrappers—and they last forever. Yet we still don’t fully understand how they affect our health (though many studies…

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