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The winners of the Northern Lights photography competition capture the magic and mystery of the Aurora Borealis

All photos via Capture the Atlas

These 25 gorgeous photos of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights (borealis is Late Latin for “North Wind”) were selected by the…


The winners of the most recent Ocean Photography Awards are utterly mesmerizing

A photograph of a shark with bared teeth swimming in clear, gradient blue ocean water, another shark appears in the background
A photograph of a shark with bared teeth swimming in clear, gradient blue ocean water, another shark appears in the background
Photo: Tanner Mansell. All photos courtesy of Ocean Photography Awards

The recently announced winners of the Ocean Photography Awards, organized by Oceanographic Magazine, are truly incredible achievements in this field. Seven major awards were granted, in categories for Ocean Conservation…


From beloved pets to wild creatures, a series of stunning photos of the amazing animals we share our world with

Photo: JJNMatt; all photos via Agora

From an absolutely charming shot of an arctic fox cub trying (and adorably failing) to look tough to a magical image of a highland cow storming through a misty heather field in the Netherlands to a heartbreaking photo of a devoted dog…


A fine art photograph of bare tree branches framing a moon and lake setting with purple clouds and stars
A fine art photograph of bare tree branches framing a moon and lake setting with purple clouds and stars
All photos: International Landscape Photographer of the Year

The winners of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition will make you long to travel

Out of the 3,800 submissions, 101 photos were singled out for special recognition, and this selection of images—which ranges from volcanoes in Indonesia to icebergs in Greenland to canyons in Utah—makes for an…


Two possums peek from under a metal roof with cute, almost-cartoon like expressions of curiosity on their faces
Two possums peek from under a metal roof with cute, almost-cartoon like expressions of curiosity on their faces
Photo: Gary Meredith. All photos via The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Powerful selections from The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

From a 13-foot male gharial crocodile giving a lift to his dozens of offspring in India…


Photographer Thorben Danke hopes his intimate and artistic insect portraits can be a catalyst for caring

A close up photo of a beetle in rich, iridescent blue and green jewel tones, with small claws and segmented limbs
A close up photo of a beetle in rich, iridescent blue and green jewel tones, with small claws and segmented limbs
Oil beetle (Meloë violaceus). Photos courtesy of Thorben Danke

The Financial Times said we were “sleepwalking towards the insectopocalypse,” National Geographic described insect populations “plummeting,” and writers for the United Nations environment program called the findings “a stark warning for humanity.”

All of these articles, and countless others, are referencing the same batch…


Shop less, make more — 5 satisfying ways to live more sustainably

A neon sign that reads “Make Salsa Not War” in red script on a dark background
A neon sign that reads “Make Salsa Not War” in red script on a dark background
Photo: Natalya via Unsplash

Before I continue, however, I want to state that “zero-waste” is just a phrase — living a completely no-waste lifestyle is pretty damn…


Issues around ethical production and pollution can feel incredibly complicated — here are some simple ways to shop better

A person with long hair, wearing a mask and carrying one shopping bag, flips through clothes at a retail store.
A person with long hair, wearing a mask and carrying one shopping bag, flips through clothes at a retail store.
Photo: Arturo Rey via Unsplash

But you are also a very busy person with a lot going on: work, life, a global pandemic, and an array of…


Stay safe in the sun without hurting any animals — or coral!

colorful photograph of a coral reef teeming with fish and multicolored aquatic plants and coral
colorful photograph of a coral reef teeming with fish and multicolored aquatic plants and coral
Photo: SGR via Unsplash

These pollutants are toxic that the President of Palau, a Unesco World Heritage Site, signed a law that went into effect this year which prohibits the sale and use of sunscreens containing ten critical ingredients known to cause damage to…


It’s not as hard as you think, but there are 6 things I wish someone had told me first

Ice cream cone being held up against a blue sky with a fluffy white cloud placed so it resembles ice cream in the cone.
Ice cream cone being held up against a blue sky with a fluffy white cloud placed so it resembles ice cream in the cone.
Photo: Rakicevic Nenad via Pexels

1. Understand why

I’m an engineering student, so perhaps I have a particular fondness for facts and figures. Nonetheless, this…

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