Cherries, the fruit of the coffee tree, generally contain two coffee beans--actually two seeds, each with one flat side--inside. Tanzania is famous for its peaberry coffee, produced by a rare mutation that creates only a single seed with no flat part. Image by Dan Grossman. Tanzania, 2016.
January 11, 2017 / WBUR by Dan Grossman

Global warming is heating things up, causing all sorts of problems — including for coffee growers. In northern Tanzania, growers are finding weather conditions increasingly unsuitable.

Nuclear power
January 10, 2017 by Rachel Bronson, John Mecklin

Can and should nuclear power play a significant role in combating climate change?

Interactive visualization on nuclear power reactor construction. A special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist.
January 10, 2017 / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists by Rachel Bronson, John Mecklin

Nuclear power advocates claim that nuclear power is essential for a low-carbon future, but critics say otherwise.

January 9, 2017 / New Security Beat by Nikita Sampath

Rising sea levels and intense cyclones have turned the drinking water saline in coastal Bangladesh. The villagers cope the best they can.

Two researchers observe a bird up close. Both hold the animal in place as one takes a measurement using calipers.
January 5, 2017 / Labocine by Dan Grossman

Gustavo Londoño hunts birds' nests in the Manú National Park in Peru. He rigs them with cameras to identify what predators eat eggs and chicks.

Fishermen in Kangan, Iran, near the South Pars field. Image by Ako Salemi. Iran, 2016.
January 2, 2017 / The New Yorker by Ako Salemi

Ako Salemi photographs climate change in Iran.

Irrigation helps some farmers cope, but in the long term will not save them.
December 27, 2016 / Yale Environment 360 by Dan Grossman

Rising temperatures and changing precipitation are taking a toll on coffee farms, including the ones around Mt. Kilimanjaro. Scientists say new climate-resilient species of coffee must be developed.

When looking at the beautiful beaches on Pacific islands, it's hard to imagine the devastation and destruction deep sea mining will have on the ocean. Image by Sarah Fahmy. Pacific Islands, 2016.
December 14, 2016 / Untold Stories by Sarah Fahmy

The deep sea is dark, cold and mysterious and only 95 percent of the ocean has been explored. Yet, the deep sea is already a target for mineral mining that will destroy everything in its wake.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
December 7, 2016 / Orion Magazine by Zachary Slobig

To increase land area, the people of Guna Yala have built out the islands with coral mined from nearby reefs.

This huge species of cnidarian in the genus Relicanthus with 8-foot long tentacles has attached itself to a dead sponge stalk on a polymetallic nodule in the CCZ. Image by Diva Amon and Craig Smith.
December 7, 2016 / Nautilus by Sarah Fahmy

Mineral mining prospects in the deep sea are piquing the world's interests as countries are staking claims in the sea bed. But what will the effects of deep sea mining be?

Sulfide and crust mining may have unforeseen environmental effects that will damage life on Pacific Islands. Image by Sarah Fahmy. Papua New Guinea, 2016.
December 7, 2016 / Untold Stories by Sarah Fahmy

Will corporate interests and our modern way of life damage the people and nature on Pacific Islands? What effects will mining for metals off the coast of Papua New Guinea and other countries have?

A dive into the deep sea illuminates a world full of possibilities for both discoveries of extraordinary life and opportunities for exploitation. Image by Sarah Fahmy. Hawaii, 2016.
December 7, 2016 by Sarah Fahmy

An exploration into the emerging industry of underwater mining leads to more questions than answers. With time running out before this practice begins, are we acting irresponsibly?