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Brian Palmer
Brian Palmer covers daily environmental news for OnEarth. His science writing has appeared in Slate, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and many other publications.
Stories by Brian Palmer
September 18, 2014
Have California blue whales recovered from last century's whaling spree? Perhaps, a new study suggests. But that's just one population in the big blue sea.
September 11, 2014
What’s the latest in conservation science? Ancient paintings, rock art, and cave drawings.
September 10, 2014
The Minnesota Vikings won’t spring for bird-safe glass for the team’s new $1 billion football stadium on the Mississippi River.
September 3, 2014
California wants you to pay for your plastic bags. (FYI: That’s not an infringement on your constitutional rights.)
August 29, 2014
Norwegians hate whale meat. So why does the country insist on whaling?
August 27, 2014
A new study says a federal cap-and-trade policy could pay for itself ten times over with health benefits.
August 26, 2014
Are the additives in our food safe? The government doesn’t know, either.
August 25, 2014
The U.S. Forest Service is spending so much of its money fighting fires that it's struggling to keep our national forests healthy.
August 20, 2014
Another Icelandic volcano is primed to erupt. What can these events teach us about climate change?
August 15, 2014
Sylvia Earle, the greatest living ocean explorer, on the new documentary 'Mission Blue' and why highways are scarier than submarines.
August 14, 2014
And why is it messing with U.S. weather patterns?
August 13, 2014
A new study raises more alarm about mercury contamination in the ocean. What does that mean for your fish consumption?
August 11, 2014
Massachusetts is banning businesses from dumping leftovers in landfills. So what’s the best alternative?
August 7, 2014
The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is big (really big), but it represents just a fraction of them in the United States.