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  • What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic?

    by: Christina Nunez

    As oil companies prepare to tap into Arctic oil, a new report from the National Research Council says we're far from ready to clean up a spill.
  • Four Expeditions Cancel Plans to Climb Everest This Year

    by: Mark Jenkins

    Climbers, guides, Sherpas, and Nepali officials are divided on what's next for Everest season.
  • Charting Deaths on Everest: A History of Fatal Climbing Accidents


    Sixteen Sherpas were killed in an April 18 avalanche in the deadliest single day on Everest, but there's a long history of fatalities on the mountain.
  • Q&A: How a Stowaway Survived a Plane Trip in a Wheel Well

    by: Susan Brink

    An aerospace physiologist describes how a five-hour trip in extreme cold, at very high altitudes, affects the body.
  • Injured Sherpas Recall Deadly Avalanche

    by: Donatella Lorch in Kathmandu, Nepal

    Two injured Sherpas recount the horrific avalanche on Mount Everest.
  • Hundreds of Exoplanets, A Handful Right for Life


    The March 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington, a month ago today, called attention to the lack of a national system to monitor landslide data.┬áThe U.S. government prepares hazard maps for other types of natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, but not for…
  • Record Number of Seals and Sea Lions Rescued in California

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    A toxic algal bloom and other factors are leading to marine mammal distress off California, where the Marine Mammal Center is rehabbing animals.
  • Longest Land Mammal Migration in Lower 48 Discovered

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    Wyoming mule deer cross many obstacles, from low desert to high mountains, posing challenges for conservation.
  • After Washington Mudslide, Questions About Building in Nature's Danger Zones

    by: Laura Parker

    Washington mudslide disaster highlights the risks of building in danger zones.
  • A Mars Mission for Budget Travelers

    by: Marc Kaufman

    Sending astronauts to Mars might be surprisingly affordable, says an expert panel: $100 billion over 20 years could do the trick.
  • Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows

    by: Dan Vergano

    Comparisons with Neanderthal DNA may point to genes that make us uniquely human and uncover the origins of genetic ailments.
  • Everest's Sherpas Issue List of Demands

    by: Mark Jenkins

    Sherpas submit list of demands to government for better working conditions on Mount Everest.
  • Mapping the Killer Path of the Everest Avalanche

    by: Mark Jenkins

    Mapping the path of the killer Everest avalanche through the notoriously dangerous Khumbu Icefall.
  • Earth Day 2014: How It Became a Global Environmental Event

    by: John Roach

    Gina McCarthy, EPA chief, talks about Earth Day and how it became a global environmental event that on April 22 will include a billion people.
  • Why Sherpas Will Still Climb Everest, Even After Deadly Avalanche

    by: Broughton Coburn

    Sange Sherpa lost a son on Everest. But for many climbers, he says, the risk is worth it.
  • The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara

    by: Joshua Hammer

    Abdel Kader Haidara had made it his life's work to document, as never before, Mali's achievements as an ancient center of progressive thought. When the jihadists came, he led the rescue operation to save 350,000 manuscripts.
  • Sherpas Killed on Everest Cremated as Survivors Call for Boycott

    by: Christine Dell'Amore

    The remains of Sherpa guides killed by an avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday, the deadliest day in the mountain's history, have been cremated.
  • Climbing Finished for Season on Everest After Deadly Avalanche?

    by: Mark Jenkins

    In the wake of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, Sherpas ask for concerns to be addressed.
  • Pompeii "Exposed and Vulnerable" to Neglect and the Elements

    by: Eve Conant

    In her new book, Ingrid D. Rowland explains of abiding allure of Pompeii over the centuries and laments the effects of neglect and the weather.
  • Why South Sudan May Face World's Worst Famine in Quarter Century

    by: Scott Johnson

    The coming weeks could determine whether tens of thousands will die in the world's newest country.
  • The Aftermath of Everest's Deadly Avalanche

    by: Mark Jenkins

    An experienced Everest climber assesses the impact of the deadly avalanche on climbers and the Sherpas who assist high-altitude expeditions.
  • Pictures: Climbing Everest Through History

    by: Peter Miller

    The tragedy on Everest recalls the highs and lows of the long history of climbing the mountain.
  • State Department Further Postpones Keystone XL Decision

    by: Christina Nunez

    Extending the wait for a verdict on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. State Department says it will allow more time for federal agencies to weigh in.
  • Opinion: On Easter, Jesus' Evolution Tells of Changing America

    by: Stephen Prothero

    Jesus has been born and born again over the course of American history.
  • Sherpas Take Steep Risks for Life-Changing Pay

    by: Chip Brown

    Sherpas see climbing dangerous peaks as a path to prosperity.

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