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Next Killer Flu
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Hurricanes
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Powering the Future
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Was Darwin Wrong?
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New Orleans's Levees New Orleans' Levees
By Joel Bourne, Photograph by Tyrone Turner
April 2007

Eight months after the Army Corps of Engineers declared that it had rebuilt the cordon of levees and floodwalls protecting New Orleans to pre-Katrina strength, leading levee experts from the United States and the Netherlands say the system is riddled with flaws. Another Katrina, or even a weaker hurricane, could breach the levees if it hit this season. Read More.

Dikika Baby
By Christopher P. Sloan, Photograph by Kenneth Garrett 2006
November 2006

Meet the Dikika baby, a three-year-old from the dawn of humanity. Her discovery holds clues to the origin of childhood. Read More.
Dikika Baby

The Judas Gospel The Judas Gospel
By Andrew Cockburn, Photograph by Kenneth Garrett
May 2006

Lost for nearly 1,700 years, a crumbling papyrus manuscript presents the most hated man in history in a new light. Read more.


Alaska's North Slope
By Joel K. Bourne, Jr., Photograph by Joel Sartore
May 2006

The interests of big oil, wild creatures, and native populations collide on the largest remaining piece of U.S. wilderness, Alaska's North Slope. Read More.
Alaska's North Slope

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Oil Field or Sanctuary?
By John G. Mitchell, Photograph by John Dunne
August 2001
Rich in caribou and in oil, Alaska's coastal plain is a hot topic in the nation's energy debate. Read More.

Next Killer Flu
By Tim Appenzeller, Photograph by Lynn Johnson
October 2005

In Southeast Asia a virus that kills chickens is now also killing people. The race is on to keep the bird flu from ravaging the world. Read More.

Next Killer Flu

Hurricanes Hurricanes
By Chris Carroll, Composite Image by Harold F. Pierce, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
August 2005

Last year's record hurricane season may have been just the beginning. Forecasters predict the Atlantic seaboard could be in for decades of relentless pounding. Read More.

Powering the Future
By Michael Parfit, Photograph by Sarah Leen
August 2005


Where on Earth can our energy-hungry society turn to replace oil, coal, and natural gas? Read More.
Wind Farm

Jacobin Pigeon Was Darwin Wrong?
By David Quammen, Photograph by Robert Clark
November 2004 

The work of the 19th-century English naturalist shocked society and revolutionized science. How well has it withstood the test of time? Read More.

Louisiana's Wetlands
By Joel K. Bourne, Jr., Photograph by Tyrone Turner
October 2004 


The Louisiana bayou, hardest working marsh in America, is in big trouble—with dire consequences for residents, the nearby city of New Orleans, and seafood lovers everywhere. Read More.
Man Holding Photo

Frog Global Warning: Signs From Earth
By Tim Appenzeller and Dennis R. Dimick, Photograph by Peter Essick
September 2004


There's no question that the Earth is getting hotter—and fast. The real questions are: How much of the warming is our fault, and are we willing to slow the meltdown by curbing our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels? Read More.

GeoSigns
By Daniel Glick
Retreating glaciers, rising seas, and shrinking lakes are some of the global changes already under way. Read More.

EcoSigns
By Fen Montaigne
From penguins to alpine flowers, animals and plants are coping with the heat—or they're not. Read More.


TimeSigns
By Virginia Morell
What causes climate change? Could a climate "flip" happen virtually overnight? Read More.

End of Cheap Oil
By Tim Appenzeller, Photograph by Sarah Leen
June 2004

It's inevitable. But just how soon will the vital fuel become so scarce and expensive that we're forced to make hard choices about how we live? Read More.
Oil Refinery

Flaming Logs The Case of the Missing Carbon
By Tim Appenzeller, Photograph by Peter Essick
February 2004 

Hooked on fossil fuels, humans pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Fortunately, plants and ocean waters gather it in. But what happens when the planet's great carbon recycling system goes awry? Read More.

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