Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

Apr 12, 2014

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

by Mari Yamaguchi

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling ...

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Apr 6, 2014

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Off a remote, glimmering beach backed by a lush tropical forest, Julia Tedesco skims the crystalline waters with mask and fins, looking for coral and fish. “There is almost nothing left down there,” the environmental project manager said, wading toward a sign on the ...

Mar 24, 2014

Rancor over Exxon Valdez refuses to fade

On a cold March night 25 years ago, the supertanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the coast of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons (42 million liters) of crude oil into the sea. Images of oil-soaked birds and fouled beaches horrified the United States, ...

Rare fish sheds light on surviving in the deep

Mar 9, 2014

Rare fish sheds light on surviving in the deep

They may look like guts stuffed in cellophane, but five fish hauled up from near-record depths off the coast of New Zealand are providing scientists with new insights into how deep fish can survive. In a paper published last week in the Proceedings of ...

Mar 9, 2014

Deep impact: Rare fish sheds light on depths

They may look like guts stuffed in cellophane, but five fish hauled up from near-record depths off the coast of New Zealand are providing scientists with new insights into how deep fish can survive. In a paper published last week in the Proceedings of ...

Geo-engineering could make climate worse, study says

Mar 2, 2014

Geo-engineering could make climate worse, study says

Far from offering a simple fix, sci-fi solutions to global warming may in fact make the problem worse, a probe of “geo-engineering” options says. Once mocked as unscientific, geo-engineering proposals are gaining traction as carbon emissions soar, placing Earth on track for warming of ...