Scientific Research

The essential — and dangerous — work prisoners do
The essential — and dangerous — work prisoners do
Incarcerated people respond to pandemics, wildfires, avian flu outbreaks, mudslides and more.
Haaland kicks off tenure focusing on climate and environmental injustice
Haaland kicks off tenure focusing on climate and environmental injustice
The new Interior secretary issued orders to create a Climate Task Force at the agency and to prioritize the social costs of greenhouse gases.
Tribal nations adapt to being at ‘ground zero’ of the climate crisis
Tribal nations adapt to being at ‘ground zero’ of the climate crisis
‘Tribes are on the front line of fixing things, using our resources, setting good public policy [and using] good science.’
Mapping migrant deaths in the desert
Mapping migrant deaths in the desert
GIS technology gives insight into why some undocumented immigrants perish in the Borderlands.
Study finds wildfire caused massive bird die-off
Study finds wildfire caused massive bird die-off
Research using crowdsourced data found a correlation with the birds’ deaths, nearby fires and toxic air.
Can cloud seeding help the West’s drought?
Can cloud seeding help the West’s drought?
States consider weather modification to make it rain.
Study looks at covering California’s canals with solar panels
Study looks at covering California’s canals with solar panels
Covering waterways would save water and provide electricity, among other benefits.
Geographer Diana Liverman explains how to tackle the climate crisis fairly
Geographer Diana Liverman explains how to tackle the climate crisis fairly
The first step? Don’t panic.
California tackles microplastics in drinking water
California tackles microplastics in drinking water
Despite no standard method for testing, the state looks to help consumers with the threat of the ubiquitous contaminants.
Wildfires may have unexpected climate impacts
Wildfires may have unexpected climate impacts
Wyoming researchers find current models may underestimate how smoke blocks sunlight and cools the planet.
Despite discrimination and drought, Punjabi Americans farm on
Despite discrimination and drought, Punjabi Americans farm on
As America’s food basket dries out, Punjabi American growers fear the loss of their hard-earned farmlands.
How to reverse Trump’s harmful legacy on conservation
How to reverse Trump’s harmful legacy on conservation
President Biden is off to a good start, but there is much to be done. The Restoration Project has a blueprint.
Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters
Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters
‘Vet-virologist’ Anna Fagre discusses the first positive case detected in the wild — and how ‘spillover’ could impact the West.
Studying seabirds, the sentinels of the ocean
Studying seabirds, the sentinels of the ocean
Perspective from one of the longest, largest and most comprehensive seabird monitoring efforts in the world.
How one student brings soil science down to earth
How one student brings soil science down to earth
Bo Collins’ goofy, profanity-laden social media presence makes scientific research seem humorous and relatable.
A wetter and warmer Alaska means dangerously slippery slopes
A wetter and warmer Alaska means dangerously slippery slopes
Climate change is making landslides more likely and preparation vital.
Endangered martens are living on the edge in Oregon
Endangered martens are living on the edge in Oregon
A surprisingly dense and isolated population of Humboldt martens challenges assumptions about the species.
How the Biden administration can reverse Trump’s environmental policies
How the Biden administration can reverse Trump’s environmental policies
And what actions the President-elect should prioritize.
How the West’s wildfires impact crops
How the West’s wildfires impact crops
Wine grape and cannabis growers try to assess the invisible damage of ash and smoke on their harvests.
Today’s wildfire modeling ‘just sucks’ for flames fueled by climate change
Today’s wildfire modeling ‘just sucks’ for flames fueled by climate change
How scientists use models to understand blazes — and where those models fall short.
Wolverines denied endangered species protections
Wolverines denied endangered species protections
USFWS: ‘If wolverines need snow, we think that there’s going to be enough snow out there for them.’
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Alaska’s St. Matthew Island has had its share of human visitors, but none can remain long.
Southwest experiences mass bird die-off
Southwest experiences mass bird die-off
‘To see this many individuals and species dying is a national tragedy.’
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