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Adapt or Abandon? Hard Choices in the Himalayas

T.V. Padma , October 27th, 2021

The Loba tribespeople living in the village of Dhe in Nepal are increasingly abandoning their homes as climate change transforms the landscape. Taylor Weidman/LightRocket/Getty Images On …


Allying With Parasites to Fight Industrial Oil Palm

Sophie Chao , October 19th, 2021

A Ganoderma fungus epidemic attacks oil palm trees at a plantation in Indonesian-controlled West Papua. Sophie Chao In October 2019, I traveled through an oil palm monocrop with…


What Drove Homo Erectus Out of Africa?

Josie Glausiusz , October 14th, 2021

The ‘Ubeidiya site today is an expanse of grasses. Concealed from this view are slabs of fossilized pebbly clay, a source of ancient finds that have helped scholars…


Did an Asteroid Shape This Famous Biblical Story?

Christopher R. Moore , October 13th, 2021

Ancient ruins show the cosmic impact’s destruction layer about midway down exposed walls. Phil Silvia This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished un…


Lessons From Mars—and Jamaica—on Sovereignty

Kimberley D. McKinson , September 21st, 2021

Maroons of the Sovereign State of Accompong make their home in mountainous Cockpit Country in Jamaica. Ted Eubanks On February 15, in the darkness and silence of outer…


These Unheralded Workers Are Helping Prevent the Next Wildfire

Salvador Zárate , September 15th, 2021

The author’s late father, Juan Zárate (left), leads a weed abatement crew in Orange County, California. Jon Anderson/Orange County Weed Abatement Program A few months after the wildfire…


Will Bog Archaeology Fade Away?

Nathaniel Scharping , August 31st, 2021

Archaeologists excavate a bog in Hatfield Moors, England, to uncover Late Stone Age structures. Henry Chapman In the southernmost tip of Sweden, just over an hour from neighboring…


Climate Migrants Are on the Move—And the U.S. Needs Their Help

Emily Yates-Doerr , August 24th, 2021

Farmworkers till soil during this summer’s record-breaking heat wave in Oregon. Nathan Howard/AP Photo Content Warning: The materials presented below contain details of racism and violent…


What Indigenous Languages Reveal About Bear Genetics

Gloria Dickie , August 18th, 2021

[no-caption] Alh1/Flickr This article was originally published at Hakai Magazine and has been republished with permission. Along the central coast of British Columbia, grizzly bears go by…


Stop Calling the Aleutians Pristine

Ariel Taivalkoski , August 10th, 2021

Most of the Aleutian Islands are today unpopulated. Ariel Taivalkoski The Aleutian Islands, which stretch 1,100 miles across the Bering Sea from the Alaska Peninsula, are commonly describ…


What Do Goats and Wars Have to Do With Glacier Loss?

Karine Gagné , August 3rd, 2021

A local guide stands near Shali Kangri glacier in the Ladakh region of the Indian Himalayas. Hélène Lapierre-Messier For scientists, the layers of ice that make up glaciers…


Plastic Pollution Goes Far Beyond Litter by Gauri Pathak

Gauri Pathak , July 5th, 2021

Plastics in the oceans. Beaches littered with plastics. Images of whales and cows with plastics in their bellies. Calls for citizens not to litter, to throw away trash…


Miss Tampon Liberty

guestauth0r , June 15th, 2021

In the 1980s, when menstruation was generally considered taboo, artist Jay Critchley made art out of discarded plastic tampon applicators washed up and collected on local beaches. With…

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Anthrophile , June 5th, 2021

“Man not only survives and functions in his environment, he shapes it and he is shaped by it.” —    Renè Dubos My first venture into the rural outskirts…


How Early Humans Shaped the World With Fire

Jessica Thompson, David K. Wright, and Sarah Ivory , May 28th, 2021

Ancient humans used fire for warmth and food preparation, but also as a tool to shape the physical environment. Jessica Thompson This article was originally published at The…


How to Survive Climate Change in the India-Bangladesh Borderlands

Yasaswini Sampathkumar , May 27th, 2021

Homes along a river in the Sundarbans face a concrete embankment that protects land on the opposite side from rising waters. Megnaa Mehtta The Sundarbans is a region…


An Excavation of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sarah Ives , May 26th, 2021

[no-caption] Kim Herbst With over 131 million people fully vaccinated in the U.S. and numbers of new infections dropping nationwide, some have started to declare the “end” of…


A Letter From COVID-19

Franco Viviani , May 20th, 2021

[no-caption] Beastfromeast/Getty Images In June 2020, I published a “Letter From COVID-19” in the Italian newspaper la Repubblica. At the time of writing, Italy was still under lockdown…


Reading Lists: Waste Colonialism and Palestine

guestauth0r , May 19th, 2021

When there’s conflict, academics and teachers will often put together a reading list or syllabus to show the breadth and depth of knowledge on a topic that is…

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Inviting disasters

Eleni Kotsira , May 14th, 2021

One particularly warm morning in September 2020, I am looking at photographs and videos in the media depicting the aftermath of medicane (Mediterranean hurricane) Ianós that just rampaged…


Book Review: Mekong Dreaming: Life and Death Along a Changing River by Andrew Alan Johnson

Rose Deller , May 5th, 2021

In Mekong Dreaming: Life and Death Along a Changing River, Andrew Alan Johnson offers a new anthropological study that explores how infrastructural projects – in this case, hydropower dams…

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Why the Camp Grant Massacre Matters Today

Chip Colwell , April 30th, 2021

In 2015, members of the Apache Nation and their allies protested actions by the U.S. Congress that granted parts of Oak Flat to Resolution Copper Mining. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty…


A West African Window Into Human Evolution

Eleanor Scerri , April 28th, 2021

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. Our species, Homo sapiens, rose in Africa some 300,000 years ago. The objects that…


Finding and Losing the World’s Oldest Art in Sulawesi

Franco Viviani , April 27th, 2021

These handprints were made by blowing pigment around a hand placed against the wall in Sumpang Bita Cave, Sulawesi. Franco Viviani In 2019, I made a trip to…