Features

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Aquí Nos Pertenece

Con su canal a través de Nicaragua, el presidente Daniel Ortega sueña con superar al canal de Panamá. Pero en la aldea de Bangkukuk Taik, y en todo el país, un movimiento de resistencia protege la cultura indígena y el medio ambiente, y expone los grandiosos vínculos proyecto con un misterioso hombre de negocios chino.

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Inside the Resistance Movement Opposing Daniel Ortega's Trans-Nicaragua Canal

With his trans-Nicaragua canal, President Daniel Ortega dreams of outdoing the Panama Canal. But in the village of Bangkukuk Taik, and across the country, a resistance movement is protecting indigenous culture and the environment—and exposing the grandiose project's ties to a mysterious Chinese businessman.

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Off the Map: The Problem With FEMA's Flood Maps for the East Coast

In 2013, when FEMA redrew flood maps for the coast of Maine to account for more powerful hurricanes, some of the new high-risk zones were not only inaccurate, but expensive and difficult to correct. Wealthy vacation towns could easily foot the bill, protecting access to development dollars, but many struggling fishing villages could not.

Newark, Ohio, September 5th, 2018: Nurse Mary Beth Hagstad holds a naloxone kit in her office at the Licking County Health Department.

Community Efforts

Five groups successfully fighting addiction in Newark, Ohio, that could serve as a model for others around the country.

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A Year in the Heart of the Addiction Crisis in Rust Belt America

The opioids are here, and meth is resurgent. When it's easier than ever to rationalize the first hit, and the options are limitless, even a community-wide effort might not be enough to stop the overdoses.

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The Great Land Swap

Three years after India and Bangladesh exchanged exclaves to simplify the world's most complex border, many who chose to move rather than to change their citizenship find that their prospects are not what they'd hoped.

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Welcome to the Almost-Country of Abkhazia

A tiny territory on the Black Sea hopes to boost its bid for nationhood by welcoming Syrians fleeing civil war.

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A Guide to the Almost-Countries of the World

From Liberland to Sealand, a partial tour of semi-autonomous, breakaway states.

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How Redistricting in Michigan Has Disenfranchised Voters and Helped the Far Right Capture a Centrist State

Gerrymandering in the Great Lakes State has cost some communities their representation, their schools, and their access to clean drinking water.

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Party Lines: Tracking Gerrymandering Cases State by State

Recent court challenges to politically motivated redistricting have yielded several decisions not to decide.

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What Happens After the Violence

Twenty-five years following a survivor of childhood sexual trauma and abuse.

Pump jacks and a gas flare are seen near Williston, North Dakota, on September 6th, 2016.

Death on the Dakota Access

An investigation into the deadly business of building oil and gas pipelines.

Trump and Friends Cash In: Members and backers of the Trump administration are profiting from DAPL while scheming to make even bigger bucks shipping oil and petrochemicals overseas.

Trump and Friends Cash In

Members and backers of the Trump administration are profiting from DAPL while scheming to make even bigger bucks shipping oil and petrochemicals overseas.

A construction worker specializing in pipe-laying sandblasts a section of pipeline on July 25th, 2013, outside Watford City, North Dakota.

Methodology for Calculating Fatality Rates

How we uncovered the numbers behind pipeline construction fatalities.

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The Country's First Climate Change Casualties?

Scientists predict Tangier Island could be uninhabitable within 25 years. This is the story of the people willing to go down with it—and why they've risked it all on Donald Trump to keep them afloat.

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A Journey Through Contested Lands

Introducing Pacific Standard's collaboration with Magnum Photos and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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A Brief History of Gene Editing

In just over 40 years, we've gone from simple modifications to the development of a gene drive that could eradicate an entire species.

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Deleting a Species

We are on the brink of being able to genetically engineer an extinction. Should we?

A Sudanese camel trader in the Rub' al-Khali desert in the United Arab Emirates, where the animals sell for thousands of dollars and camel beauty pageants are a regular occurrence.

Tracks in the Sand

Around the world, camels are disappearing, along with the cultures and traditions of the people who have kept them.

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Awakening the Grizzly

Inside the effort to reintroduce grizzlies to California.

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The Endling: Watching a Species Vanish in Real Time

On the frontlines of extinction in the Gulf of California, where the vaquita faces its final days.

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How Canadian Cops Ended a Decade-Long Fight Over How to Manage the World's Polar Bears

Over the last 10 years, the poaching and trafficking of animal products has become the fourth-highest-grossing crime in the world. But because wildlife crime is not bound by national borders and each country has its own rules and ideas, its management and policing has become unwieldy at best.

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The Great, Chaotic Biochar Experiment

Australian plant ecologist Brenton Ladd wants to reengineer the notoriously nutrient-poor soils in the Amazon, and, in the process, save the world's trees. But first, he has to convince Peruvian farmers and non-profits—and occasionally, his own research team—that he's not just another gringo with a strange idea.

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Failure at the EPA

The agency has left immigrants and minorities to fend for themselves at toxic waste sites across the country.