The proposed mine would sit within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve—both protected areas.
We spoke with surfing sage Steve Hawk about how the new breed of artificial wave pools may reshape the soul of the sport.
Anatomy of a Fact is a recurring series exposing how the Pacific Standard research and fact-checking process works.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law Thursday aimed at reducing water consumption in the state, even in non-drought conditions.
Locals in one of the country's vital biodiversity hotspots have found that traditional farming methods are helping them produce more crops while preserving the forest.
A conversation with Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson of the firm Blue Latitudes, which consults on projects where retired rigs are transformed into reefs and hotels.
The program is aimed at helping wildlife trade enforcement agencies benefit from the experience of their colleagues in neighboring countries.
The results of Idaho's gubernatorial primaries suggest a positive shift for conservation.
On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, a feature story about Australian plant ecologist Brenton Ladd—an outsider who wants to save the region's trees.
Teams of researchers are trying to uncover the cause of death for 31 Verraux's sifakas Lemurs—which could spell the end for the critically endangered species.
Kanchanaburi, Thailand: Two tigers cool off at Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yannasampanno, a Buddhist temple that once doubled as a wildlife refuge. Thai authorities later removed the tigers after allegations of wildlife trafficking.
Rules intended to protect people from pollution are simultaneously saving the lives of whales by slowing down cargo ships, but researchers say more still needs to be done.
With no more than 800 individuals left in a fragile habitat, the Tapanuli orangutan could face extinction not long after we became aware of its existence.
A recent study out of Malaysia illustrates that even responsible logging practices severely harm local fish populations.
Records reveal that, following requests by fossil fuel industry groups, a top official at the Department of the Interior appeared to take credit for helping to delay new federal protections for a once-endangered species.
Lessons in how small gestures can create a safe space for a yes—and for a no.
"Science is no longer about the quest for knowledge. Now it's about fixing problems. But just limiting science to fixing problems also limits your chances of making big discoveries."
In Idaho, a state with stringent water rights, the people have managed to recharge the essential Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer that supplies hundreds of thousands with water.
A proposed natural gas pipeline is uniting Oregonians across the political spectrum.
Critics are concerned about the weakening of protections for endangered species in a country where wildlife trafficking is rife.
Commercial fishing for the tiny crustacean has increased in recent years to supply growing demand for nutritional supplements.