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See nature reclaim these abandoned places

See nature reclaim these abandoned places

A weed-covered, wrought iron greenhouse next to a boarded-up castle in Belgium might give some people pause, but not French photographer Jonathan “Jonk” Jimenez. “It’s a rusty place with broken windows, but still it’s beautiful. I like to find beauty where you think you cannot find beauty,” Jimenez explains. After traveling to more than 700…

The solution to climate change is just below our feet

The solution to climate change is just below our feet

Adam Chappell was in the fight of his life. He and his brother were co-managing the 9,000-acre farm where they grew up in Cotton Plant, Arkansas. They’d each gone off to college to do something different, but couldn’t stay away. Now an invasion of pinkweed was threatening to destroy everything. “We were spraying ourselves broke…

Discovery of 20 new moons gives Saturn a solar system record

Jupiter may be the solar system’s king, but Saturn has a bigger entourage: Today, astronomers announced that they have discovered 20 more moons around Saturn, bringing its total number to 82—the most for any planet in the solar system. The massive haul comes just over a year after astronomers announced 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter,…

Traveling to Hong Kong? Here’s what you need to know.

Traveling to Hong Kong? Here’s what you need to know.

Protests in Hong Kong have been dominating video clips and newsfeeds since June 9, when the Hong Kong government proposed a bill that would allow China to extradite fugitives to the mainland. Since then, initially peaceful weekly protests have grown in size, encompassing demands for political self-determination and personal autonomy, and have become increasingly agitated.…

The sea is running out of fish, despite nations’ pledges to stop it

The sea is running out of fish, despite nations’ pledges to stop it

As global fish stocks that feed hundreds of millions of people dwindle, nations are scrambling to finalize by year’s end an international agreement to ban government subsidies that fuel overfishing. Yet as negotiations at the World Trade Organization resume this week in Geneva, Switzerland, new research shows that governments have actually increased financial support for…

Dipping below the surface

Dipping below the surface

Sea water and saline In the south-west corner of the country, where Slovenia borders the Adriatic Sea, you’ll find 1000-year-old natural salt pools teeming with wildlife. Head to Sečovlje Salina Nature Park and stroll along grassy trails that weave their way between glassy pools – where tiny red brine shrimp make their home and nearly…

The deeper this purple octopus lives, the bumpier its skin

The deeper this purple octopus lives, the bumpier its skin

Deep in the Pacific Ocean, pale purple octopuses with giant cartoon eyes roam the seafloor. Some are covered with pronounced bumps, and others look like they have nearly smooth skin, a puzzle that has long confused scientists. Are these animals with different appearances actually the same species? The answer is yes, according to a new…

These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States

These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States

Jack-o’-lanterns. Wool sweaters. Aspen groves trembling in gold. Fall might be America’s favorite season—a quick stretch from September 23 to December 21 when we celebrate the art of gathering. From pumpkins harvested from a field to friends clustered around an oyster feast, it seems our autumn gatherings are as diverse as the people who organize…