Australia Burning

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21 minutes

In November 2019, as forest fires worked their way south along the Great Dividing Range, I walked for a week in the Australian Alps. The wild granite ...

Earthworm

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Earthworm From here, life seems like background noise, speech a fossil from a disobedient time, cleanliness a bed for the frail and aging. And light a...

Fishing for Sharks

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17 minutes

Today, the most potent symbol for shark conservation is arguably that of a finned shark—staring out helplessly from black eyes with its appendages sli...

Ecological Civilization

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19 minutes

Capitalism and communism have been fighting each other for more than a century and a half, until now the fight seems to have exhausted itself. A third...

Why I Sleep Outside

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7 minutes

I can’t quite remember when I first pulled a camping mat and sleeping bag under my covered back deck and hunkered down for the night. That makeshift a...

The World as a Wardian Case

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21 minutes

In 1829, Nathanial Bagshaw Ward, a London doctor, placed the pupa of a sphinx moth, some dirt, and a few leaves in a glass bottle and clamped on a lid...

Encountering Ghost Species

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On Lord Howe Island, 600 kilometres off of Australia’s east coast, you can snorkel the world’s southernmost coral reef, clamber up a basalt mountain t...