science
A Strange New Blend of Rock and Plastic Is Forming on a Portuguese Island

If you go to the beach, you’re likely to see some form of plastic pollution scattered in the waves or sprinkled among the sand grains. A bottle cap fragment here, a transparent piece of packaging there. But researchers have identified a new, and perhaps more permanent type of plastic pollution, one that incorporates itself right into the rocky shoreline: 'plasticrust', a veneer of plastic encrusted right onto wave-licked rocks. Read More >>

environment
A Vast Underwater Forest Is Roasting to Death

One of the largest kelp forests on Earth is dying because of climate change. Australia’s Great Southern Reef has lost 100 kilometres of coastline to a series of extreme heatwaves from 2011 to 2013, according to research published this week in Science—and the problem is getting worse. Read More >>