Covering topics from mangrove ecology to the world’s largest fish, many of Human Nature’s most popular blog posts of the year revealed our readers’ fascination with cutting-edge science.
Find out how your coconut shrimp appetizer may be contributing to the loss of coastal mangrove forests — and why these ecosystems are so critical to protect.
Fresh off a submersible dive into one of Hawai‘i’s unexplored seamounts (underwater mountains), two of Conservation International’s (CI) lead scientists discuss — and share video — of their discoveries.
In Human Nature’s new explainer series “What on Earth?” we look to make sense of environmental jargon. In this installment, we break down “natural capital,” a concept that could revolutionize the way nature is protected.
Did you know if you could drive your car straight up at highway speed, you’d leave the Earth’s atmosphere and enter space in just over an hour? Discover other facts about the protective bubble that surrounds our planet.
In the flooded caves of the Balkan Peninsula, aquatic giants can survive in near-darkness for up to a century — if they’re not taken out by one of their own kind.
Donate to Conservation International to help protect the ecosystems we all need to survive and thrive.
Last year we started a ground-breaking new whale shark satellite tagging program in eastern Indonesia’s Cendrawasih Bay. Here are some of our early findings from tracking the daily lives of “Sharky McSharkface” and other whale sharks — research that is challenging what we thought we knew about these mysterious animals.
CI’s Dr. Jorge Ahumada takes on a question he gets often in his work aggregating camera-trap data from around the world: “Why does it matter if tapirs in Ecuador or chimps in Uganda are declining? Why should I care?”
Researchers in South Africa are turning to the distinctive wounds inflicted by the cookie-cutter shark as a new tool to understand the habits of the deep-sea shark, as well as its prey.
A year after Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands Protected Area was declared off-limits to all commercial fishing, the ban appears to be effective at keeping fishing boats out of the park. How do we know? The proof is in the pictures.
From disease-curing sloths to plastic-eating fungi, the world’s rainforests are full of species providing valuable insights into medical and other problems plaguing humans — and who knows what else they could be hiding?
Since CI was founded nearly 30 years ago, science has been at the core of our work. In 2017, we will continue to uphold our standards for scientific rigor and expand research on critical issues concerning the health of the planet on which we all depend. We look forward to sharing the results with you.
Molly Bergen is the senior managing editor of Human Nature.