National Geographic — OUR ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: A western grebe wears a fatal coat of oil from a spill off California in 1969. The issue's series of articles on the ecological crisis is the first full-blownNational Geographic contribution to growing concerns over the state of the environment, calling attention to the fragility of the planet under the strain of the growing human population. It is the last issue for retiring magazine Editor Frederick G. Vosburgh, who pushed daringly into the controversial field of ecology.
National Geographic — The last whale hunters in the United States, native Alaskans ply slushy waters off the state's coast in a walrus-skin boat. The cover story follows the hunt for a bowhead whale and includes a report on the fight for traditional whaling rights, answered by Congress with an exemption written into the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972.
Time — America's Vanishing Coastline: Overdevelopment, poor planning and nature take their toll.
Time — In North Dakota one farmer stares down disaster in the worst drought in 50 years.
Time — Ocean Pollution: Threatened by rising pollution, the oceans are sending out an SOS.
Discover Magazine — The Greenhouse Effect: Global warming has begun, and we had better start preparing for the dramatic changes to come.
Time — Vanishing Ozone: A hole in earth's protective shield could soon open above Russia, Scandinavia, Germany, Britain, Canada and northern New England.
National Geographic — Dolphins in Crisis: A pair of Atlantic spotted dolphins hovers in the clear waters of the Bahamas in Flip Nicklen's cover photograph. In the decade before the accompanying article was published, millions of the intelligent marine mammals were drowned in nets or poisoned by polluted waters. Though only limited dolphin fishing occurs today, they continue to be threatened by commercial fishing for other species.
Time — Global Warming: Life In The Greenhouse
Time — Global Warming: Be Worried. Be Very Worried: The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon—and what we can do about it.
National Geographic — The Big Thaw: This issue's icy blue pages profiling polar life and thawing glaciers communicate what is at stake as the climate warms. Photographer James Balog's startling survey on retreating ice presents visual evidence of changing conditions at the Poles and elsewhere around the globe.
Time — Who Owns the Arctic? As global warming melts the Arctic ice, dreams of a short sea passage to Asia—and riches beneath the surface—have been revived. With Russia planting a flag on the ocean floor at the North Pole, Canada talking tough and Washington wanting to be a player, who will win the world's new Great Game?
Time — How to Win The War On Global Warming: So far the U.S. has largely sat out the war against climate change—but that can change. We have a plan for making America the global leader on global warming.
Bloomberg Businessweek — It's Global Warming, Stupid: If Hurricane Sandy doesn’t persuade Americans to get serious about climate change, nothing will.
Newsweek — The Sinkhole That's Eating Louisiana. A cancerous ulcer bigger than the Superdome is sucking down a poor, industrial stretch of bayou known as Cancer Alley.
Newsweek — The Death of the Oceans. One third of man-made CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans, causing the fastest change in their chemistry in 300m years.
Newsweek — Planet Reboot: Fighting Climate Change With Geoengineering. Scientists hope to wield the Earth itself as a weapon against global warming.
Newsweek — The Big Melt: The Last Antarctic Explorers Seek Answers. After eons of change measured in geologic time, Antarctica is now rapidly transforming—and sitting on a treacherous ledge.
New Scientist — How to live with climate change and how to beat it.
New York Magazine — The Doomed Earth Catalog
Newsweek — What Will Happen If the World No Longer Has Water? Water shortages in Jordan pit rich against poor as the country scrambles to serve a booming population.
Time — The Great Crack-up
Bloomberg Businessweek — The Dark Side of America’s Rise to Oil Superpower
Newsweek — How Global Warming Is Turbocharging Monster Storms Like Hurricane Florence