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biodiversity

  • Seafood CSI: Advances in Genetic Technology Will Make Us All DNA Detectives

    February 09, 2016

    In a Chinese restaurant in a Las Vegas strip mall, Austin Ayer tries to act nonchalant as he orders the most controversial item on the menu. “Do you want crab in your shark fin soup?” asks the waiter. “It tastes much better.” “No, just shark fin,” says Ayer. “And I’d like it to go.” The […]

  • South Pacific Becomes an Unlikely Battleground in Bid to Mine the Seafloor

    January 20, 2016

    As we drive down the empty, two-lane highway, the clusters of seaside resorts, tin-roofed homes and finely manicured lawns on this Papua New Guinea island give way to lowland rain forests and palm oil plantations. The telephone lines eventually disappear as do the satellite dishes and, within hours, the team from the Canadian mining company […]

  • Meet the People Fighting to Save the World’s Coral Reefs

    November 21, 2015

    From the boat, there’s nothing remarkable about the place — just choppy water and a white mooring ball, a few miles off Key Largo. But once we’re underwater, I can see the rows and rows of PVC trees, suspended above the sand in a grid that stretches away into the distant murk.

  • Op-Ed: Global Oceans under Climate Change

    November 21, 2015

    Here’s a test. Try to list five reasons why the oceans are important to life on earth. It may get a bit difficult when you are down to reason number four or five. Now, describe how the things you just listed would be affected by CO2 emissions caused by human activities. You may think that […]