Monarch butterfly population moves closer to extinction

by Olga R. Rodriguez This Aug. 19, 2015, file photo, shows a monarch butterfly in Vista, Calif. The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted to a new record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A recent count by the Xerces Society […]

Tracking How Plastic Moves in the Coastal Ocean

At least 8 million tons of plastic waste wind up in the ocean annually, collecting in great swirling patches on the surface and even sinking to the deepest depths. Researchers know that most of this plastic litter originates on land, but it is less clear how it moves around in the coastal zone, […]