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March 19, 2014

On April 20, 2010—the day that BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana—Tom Ryerson, an atmospheric chemist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was only a few days away from taking off on a project to measure emissions from California power...

August 19, 2013

The scrawny, furred patients began arriving at Los Angeles’ Marine Mammal Care Center in January, their large, curious eyes peering lethargically at veterinarian Lauren Palmer from emaciated bodies.

At first, Palmer wasn’t worried—she had seen hungry pups before. Sea lions calve in May and June on the sandy, rocky shores of the Channel Islands, off the Southern California coast, and mother sea lions wean their offspring after eight or nine months. Some of the...

June 24, 2013

Gary Grosse first heard the sound at 2 a.m. on a hot summer night in 2009. The air was still and the windows open, and the sound startled him out of slumber. Grosse, annoyed and unable to fall back asleep, jumped in his car and drove around looking for the source of the deep, rumbling pulse that now seemed to suffuse his leafy suburb of Windsor, Ontario, not far from the U.S. border. He ended up at the Detroit River, near the local power plant. Figuring the sound must be coming from...