The sun obviously affects us everyday, bringing light and warmth from 93 million miles away. But it’s not as constant and helpful as it might appear. Learn about the cycles of storms on the sun and how they affect all aspects of life on earth.
Source: University of Washington
How does living in a big city, where there are relatively few opportunities to interact with the natural world, affect a person’s health? What’s it like to grow up in a place where city lights obscure the stars? This article explains why it’s important for urban dwellers to connect with nature.
Source: The Guardian
Read this article to learn about efforts to grant legal rights to the natural world, such as the work some in Nepal are doing to recognize the rights of the Himalaya mountains to freedom from the threat of climate change.
Source: Scientific American
The author of this article urges world leaders to consider how we can better use forests as natural carbon-capture systems to help fight climate change.
Source: USA Today
In her essay “Called Out,” Barbara Kingsolver describes the Arizona desert in bloom with colorful wildflowers. Where are the best places to see this natural spectacle?
Source: The Atlantic
Is the natural world a better place for young children to learn than the classroom? Read to learn about the benefits some researchers see in providing preschoolers with an outdoor education.
Though we often hear a lot about human activity destroying coral reefs, humans are also taking strides in saving and restoring them. Learn more in this article by science reporter Gaia Vince.
Studies suggest that the majority of visitors to national parks and other public natural spaces in our country are white. This article examines that trend and looks at ways to encourage people of more diverse ethnic backgrounds to enjoy the great outdoors.
Source: The Guardian
This article explains how the exploitation of the natural world leads to habitat loss for animals and suggests that the resulting decline of biodiversity is a threat to all life on Earth.
Source: Business Insider
Need a reason to get outside? Here are 12 benefits of spending time in nature.
Source: AP News
In May 2018, a group of hunters collected their 1,000th python in a Florida program designed to control populations of the invasive snakes in the Everglades.
Source: US News & World Report
One way humans have affected the natural world is by polluting the planet’s waters with plastic. Find out how actor and environmental activist Don Cheadle suggests that we can reduce our impact and reverse the damage.
Source: Audubon Magazine
You may not think of a busy city as a wildlife habitat, but green spaces within cities are essential refuges for migrating birds. Across the country, students and nonprofit organizations are working to create more urban wildlife refuges through action and outreach.
Source: National Wildlife Federation
When humans unknowingly interact with and alter the natural world, the consequences can be devastating. Find out how humans introduce plants and animals to ecosystems that aren’t prepared for them and what effects these invasive species have.
You may have heard the expression “It’s a dog-eat-dog world.” Something similar—but not metaphorical—can be said of certain spiders.
Source: World Animal Foundation
Get an overview of the wide variety of aquatic habitats in the world and how human activity affects them.
Source: New Scientist
When you close your doors and windows, you don’t shut out the natural world. Find out what critters are sharing your living space.
Source: What If?
How pervasive is humans’ footprint on the Earth? Author Randall Munroe explores the question.
Source: National Geographic
Children in the modern world suffer from what one author has called “nature deficit disorder,” a lack of opportunities to enjoy and explore the natural world. Learn about the benefits nature provides children’s developing minds.
You’ve probably heard that sea stars, or starfish, have the ability to regenerate limbs. Find out even more about these fascinating sea creatures.