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October 29, 2014

This is the final installment of Today OnEarth, but don’t panic! Today OnEarthwhich started as our publication’s daily news digest and has evolved in recent months to feature the most eye-opening story of the dayis giving way to something even better. In a matter of hours, we’ll be launching our...

October 28, 2014

We all know biologist Jane Goodall spent years of her youth living with chimpanzees in the forests of Tanzania. But did she ever try to put a monocle and top hat on one of them? Comedian John Oliver—never one to shy away from the tough questions—got to the bottom of wild primate behavior...

October 27, 2014

Art has its place, but it’s not in our country’s national parks—unless, of course, we’re talking ancient glyphs, Bob-Ross-style landscapes, photography (whether by Ansel Adams or dear old dad), and other mediums of the “leave only footprints” variety. But that’s...

October 24, 2014

If you thought the California drought was bad (and it is), take a look at what's happening in...

October 23, 2014

As many as a third of all animal species on Earth are now threatened or endangered, thanks in large part to what we’ve done to the planet. But the...

October 22, 2014

Flipping through old family albums can remind you where you come from, and that goes for NASA, too. The space agency is getting a peek at its history—and the history of our planet—with...

October 21, 2014

Marathoners tend to run with a lot of stuff: sneakers, shorts, headbands, wristbands, sports bras, sunglasses, gel packs, wicking socks, water belts, chaffing rubs, and even band-aids on their nipples. But many runners participating in Sunday's Beijing Marathon added air masks to their gear. The air quality was so bad that day that the city’s environment center...

October 20, 2014

We’ve seen orcas in lots of ways—from the natural to the not natural at all. But thanks to a drone with a high-rez camera on its belly, we're now getting bird's-eye views of these black-and-white...

October 17, 2014

When your land and culture are at stake, you’ll do anything to fight those putting you and yours at risk. The same goes for 30 Pacific Islanders who earlier today hopped in canoes and paddled into the sea to block...

October 16, 2014

Corn was once so tough that you had to hammer it with hard objects to get to the 10 or so kernels inside. And for all that effort, it tasted like dry, raw potato. But that was 9,000 years ago. We’ve been engineering crops and livestock for millennia,...