When Photographers Get Too Close, Wildlife Pays the Price

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Capturing up-close-and-personal animal encounters on camera can help garner public support for conservation, but at what cost?

Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain

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For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and download free of charge. Featuring data and material from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo, the new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose—be it a postcard, a beer koozie or apair of bootie shorts.

35 vintage photos reveal what Los Angeles looked like before the US regulated pollution

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Los Angeles has had air pollution problems since before smog was a term. In 1943, people began to notice the smog when it covered Los Angeles so thickly that residents thought Japan had launched a chemical attack. The city continued to have smog problems for decades. President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, which introduced air pollution regulations, and it was a major factor in combating the city’s smog problem.

Apache National Forest History

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On July 1, 1908, President Roosevelt made a proclamation to create the Apache National Forest and the Sitgreaves National Forest. The Apache National Forest is named after the tribe that settled the area. Springerville, Arizona, became the headquarters of the Apache National Forest.

This collection contains mostly images and a few documents that were digitized from items found in the Forest Service Archive in Springerville, Arizona. Images include logging operations, CCC camps, recreation, forest fires, and much more.

First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 55

Explore this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition images from the Natural History Museum London. A sleeping seal, a zombie beetle and a tragic turtle are just some of the Highly Commended pictures from the competition, which is now in its fifth-fifth year.

2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Award finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced. Take a look at the gallery.

The East Coast is sinking under water—this photographer is documenting it as it disappears

Read the full story in Fast Company.

As climate change pushes sea levels higher around the world, the water is rising especially fast along the East Coast of the U.S. as the land simultaneously sinks. In low-lying Charleston, South Carolina, where the local sea level was first measured in 1921, the water has risen around a foot in the intervening century—and even when the city isn’t facing a hurricane, city streets already regularly flood.

In a new photo series, photographer J. Henry Fair is documenting American coastlines before the worst impacts of climate change happen. A new book, On the Edge, focuses on his home state of South Carolina, where Fair worked with local pilots, flying over cities, suburban developments, and wetlands to take aerial shots near the water’s edge. “

Tourist photographs are a cheap and effective way to survey wildlife

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Tourists on safari can provide wildlife monitoring data comparable to traditional surveying methods, suggests new research. The researchers analyzed 25,000 photographs from 26 tour groups to survey the population densities of five top predators (lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs) in northern Botswana, making it one of the first studies to use tourist photographic data for this purpose.

The photographer who showed the world an environmental crisis now wants to give us hope

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Chris Jordan captured iconic, disturbing photos of birds dying from eating plastic. Now he wants to use the beauty of nature to add some calm to the panic about environmental crises.

Chemistry in Pictures Water Photo Contest

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The ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego will explore all things water. To celebrate, Chemistry in Pictures is holding a water-themed contest in partnership with the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement throughout the month of June.

Winners will receive a reusable water bottle and a cash prize and be featured in C&EN’s ACS Meeting Insider on Aug. 5. We’ll be looking for high-quality entries with a splash of creativity that help demonstrate scientific concepts.

Your photo might center on people and water, land and water, or water’s effect on chemistry. Submit now using the form below, or via Instagram or Twitter by using the hashtag #H2Ochempics and tagging @cenmag. Here’s some inspiration to get your ideas flowing.