Coral reef

Abstracts: Deep Corals, Climate Refugees, and More


• The US has resettled its very first climate refugees — residents of a waterlogged Louisiana island that has begun its descent underwater. (New York Times)


An iceberg on the eastern side of the Northwest Passage. The fabled waterway is becoming a draw for a new wave of tourism. Visual by U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Dan Rea

• What’s buzzing our telescopes? A neutrino detector at the South Pole has been detecting extremely high-energy bursts of neutrinos, the source of which is still unknown. (New Scientist)

• Reports of ISIS fighters using drugs may seem alarming, but society has a long history of waging war while high. (Aeon)

• The Northwest Passage used to draw explorers searching for a trade route. Today, it’s drawing more and more tourists. What will the new industry mean for the health of this wild region? (Pacific Standard)

• Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is going public with its mistakes on a blog about medical errors in an effort to learn from previous problems. (STAT)

• In the cold, dim twilight zone beneath the waters of Vanuatu, a group of scientific divers is investigating corals very different from the ones we’re used to. (BioGraphic)

• Politicians don’t just have to change minds, they have to change brains — neurobiology naturally makes the brain resistant to the combination of new information and overwhelming data. (Scientific American)

• And finally, talk is tweets: what the climate conversation looks like on Twitter, mapped. (Carbon Brief)


Claudia Geib is a science writer and editor based on Cape Cod, who specializes in marine and environmental science. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Hakai Magazine, and Atlas Obscura, among other publications. She is a graduate of the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing.