This article is from the In-Depth Report The Future of Climate Change

Scientific American Climate Coverage (1960-present)

Humanity's ability to change the climate and subsequent impacts, including rising sea levels, has been apparent for centuries. Scientific American has been following scientific thinking on the subject almost since Svante Arrhenius proposed the idea in 1896. Following is a partial bibliography, stretching back only as far as 1960, of our coverage of this issue.

December 2007, Vol. 297, Num. 6, pg. 40, ENOUGH HOT AIR ALREADY, by The Editors.

December 2007, Vol. 297, Num. 6, pg. 42, MEANINGFUL GOALS FOR CLIMATE TALKS, by Jeffrey D. Sachs.

December 2007, Vol. 297, Num. 6, pg. 70, MAKING CARBON MARKETS WORK, by David G. Victor and Danny Cullenward.

November 7, 2007, Science Talk, ETHICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

November 2007, Vol. 297, Num. 5, pg. 40, CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE LAW, by Jeffrey D. Sachs.

October 30, 2007, Using Satellites to Pinpoint and Predict Pollution, by Larry Greenemeier.

October 26, 2007, The World Is Not Enough for Humans, by David Biello.

October 26, 2007, Prediction of Global Warming High May Be Impossible, by Karen Hopkins.

October 25, 2007, Climate Change's Uncertainty Principle, by David Biello.

October 24, 2007, Mass Extinctions Tied to Past Climate Changes, by David Biello.

October 22, 2007, Climate Change Pollution Rising—Thanks to Overwhelmed Oceans and Plants, by David Biello.

October 19, 2007, Coal-Friendly Climate Changes in Kansas, by David Biello.

October 2007, Vol. 297, Num. 4, pg. 23, OCEANGOING IRON, by Sourish Basu.

September 28, 2007, Bush Administration Pushes Climate Change Action into the Future, by David Biello.

September 27, 2007, In Hot Water: Ice Age Defrosted, by Warming Ocean, Not Rise in CO2, by David Biello.

September 26, 2007, Nuclear Power Reborn, by David Biello.

September 25, 2007, World Leaders Urge Action on Climate Change, by David Biello.

September 21, 2007, The North Pole Is Melting, by David Biello.

September 19, 2007, Sunny Outlook: Can Sunshine Provide All U.S. Electricity?, by David Biello.

September 12, 2007, Ancient Shells Harden Link Between Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, by David Biello.

September 4, 2007, (Genetic) Seed Banks Needed for Livestock Too [Video], by David Biello.

August 2007, Vol. 297, Num. 2, pg. 64. THE PHYSICAL SCIENCE BEHIND CLIMATE CHANGE, by William Collins, Robert Colman, James Haywood, Martin R. Manning and Philip Mote.

August 16, 2007, Capturing the Atlantic's Capricious Currents, by David Biello.

August 9, 2007, Coral Reefs Losing Ground Throughout the Pacific, by David Biello.

August 1, 2007, Brown Haze from Cooking Fires Cooking Earth, Too, by David Biello.

August 1, 2007, Insurers Claim Global Warming Makes Some Regions Too Hot to Handle, by Victoria Schlesinger and Meredith Knight.

July 2007, Vol. 297, Num. 1, pg. 76. AN EARTH WITHOUT PEOPLE, Interview with Alan Weisman.

July 2007, Vol. 297, Num. 1, pg. 44. WARMER OCEANS, STRONGER HURRICANES, by Kevin E. Trenberth.

July 30, 2007, Stronger Link Found between Hurricanes and Global Warming, by David Biello.

July 26, 2007, Blighting Plants, Choking Lungs, Warming World Among Smog's Effects, by David Biello.

July 24, 2007, The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain. Or Does It?, by Sourish Basu.

July 10, 2007, Clouds That Rival Auroras Now Bigger and Brighter, by Sourish Basu.

July 3, 2007, Water Too Hot? Hope for a Hurricane, by David Biello.

June 18, 2007, Arctic Thaw Springs Forward, by David Biello.

June 14, 2007, Blowing in the Wind: Arctic Plants Move Fast as Climate Changes, by David Biello.

June 8, 2007, Impure as the Driven Snow, by David Biello.

June 5, 2007, If Cutting Carbon Isn't Enough, Can Climate Intervention Turn Down the Heat?, by Nikhil Swaminathan.

June 4, 2007, Had a Long Day? Global Warming Could Be the Answer, by David Biello.

June 1, 2007, Are Plants Really Villains in Climate Change?, by Meredith Knight,

May 31, 2007, Planning a Picnic in a Warming World? Satellite Forecasts More Rain, by David Biello.

May 25, 2007, Combating Climate Change: Farming Out Global Warming Solutions, by David Biello.

May 22, 2007, Hot Potato: Global Warming Threatens Spuds and Peanuts, by David Biello.

May 21, 2007, Climate Changing Pollution Rising—Again, by David Biello.

May 18, 2007, Combating Climate Change: Building Better, Wasting Less, by David Biello.

May 16, 2007, Science Talk, The Encyclopedia of Life; and the End of John Horgan's Pessimism, by Steve Mirsky.

May 15, 2007, Ocean Parks Help Corals Rebound, by David Biello.

May 11, 2007, Combating Climate Change: Industrial-Strength Efforts to Eliminate Excess Emissions, by David Biello.

May 11, 2007, 60-Second Science, North America Still Bouncing Back From Ice Age, by Steve Mirsky.

May 8, 2007, Combating Climate Change: Scaling Back Greenhouse Gas Emissions While Keeping the Lights On, by David Biello.

May 4, 2007, Climate Change Is Happening, Effects Will Be Severe, Now What Will It Cost to Fix It?, by David Biello.

May 2, 2007, Water Main: Precipitation—Not Light or Nutrients—Determines Which Tropical Trees Thrive, by David Biello.

May 2007, Vol. 296, Num. 6, pg. 40, CLIMATE CHANGE REFUGEES, by Jeffrey D. Sachs.

April 2007, Vol. 296, Num. 4, pg. 16, CONSERVATIVE CLIMATE, by David Biello.

April 2007, Vol. 296, Num. 4, pg. 80. GASSING UP WITH HYDROGEN, by Sunita Satyapal, John Petrovic and George Thomas.

April 26, 2007, Picture If You Will an Oceanic "Twilight Zone" of Microscopic Creatures Hindering Carbon Sequestration, by David Biello.

April 18, 2007, Want to Reduce Air Pollution? Don't Rely on Ethanol Necessarily, by David Biello.

April 16, 2007, No Refuge for Dwindling Amphibian Populations, by David Biello.

April 10, 2007, More Trees, Less Global Warming, Right?—Not Exactly, by Nikhil Swaminathan.

April 9, 2007, Changing Climes: Global Warming Impacts Appearing Around the Globe, by David Biello.

April 5, 2007, Dust Bowl 2.0: Is the Southwest Drying Up?, by Nikhil Swaminathan.

March 2007, Vol. 296, Num. 2, pg. 26, POLE POSITIONS, by Charles Q. Choi.

March 2007, Vol. 296, Num. 2, pg. 80. DIESELS COME CLEAN, by Steven Ashley.

March 26, 2007, 100-Year Forecast: New Climate Zones Humans Have Never Seen, by JR Minkel.

March 14, 2007, Future of "Clean Coal" Power Tied to (Uncertain) Success of Carbon Capture and Storage, by David Biello.

March 1, 2007, Happy International Polar Year!, by David Biello.

February 15, 2007, 60-Second Science, The Great Backyard Bird Count Is Calling, by Steve Mirsky.

February 8, 2007, Climate Change Verdict: Science Debate Ends, Solution Debate Begins, by David Biello.

February 7, 2007, Science Talk, The Heat IS On, by Steve Mirsky.

February 2, 2007, Final Report: Humans Caused Global Warming, by David Biello.

February 1, 2007, Climate Change Science Moves from Proof to Prevention, by David Biello.

February 2007, Vol. 296, Num. 2, pg. 30, MOVING BEYOND KYOTO,, by Jeffrey D. Sachs.

February 2007, Vol. 296, Num. 2, pg. 52. METHANE, PLANTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE, by Frank Keppler and Thomas Rockmann.

January 31, 2007, Global Warning: As Paris Blooms in Winter, Scientists Debate Climate Change, by David Biello.

January 31, 2007, Science, by Committee: Wrangling Over Climate Change in Paris, by David Biello.

January 19, 2007, Scientists Spend 10 Years Watching Leaf Litter Decay for Clues to Climate Change, by David Biello.

January 17, 2007, Ancient Coral May Reveal Future of Stronger Monsoons and Harsher Droughts, by David Biello.

January 9, 2007, Many Plants Can Adapt when Climate Goes against the Grain, by David Biello.

January 7, 2007, GM Resurrects Its Electric Car (with Tweaks), by Steven Ashley.

January 5, 2007, Scientific Nature: Researchers Use Volcanic Eruption as Climate Lab, by David Biello.

January 4, 2007, Fish Fin?: How Climate Change Is Hurting Cold Water Fish, by David Biello.

January 2007, Vol. 296, Num. 1, pg. 42. IS ETHANOL FOR THE LONG HAUL?, by Matthew L. Wald.

December 26, 2006, Warmer Atlantic, Climate Change Presage More, and Worse, Western Wildfires, by David Biello.

December 22, 2006, Earth's Climate Changes in Tune with Eccentric Orbital Rhythms, by David Biello.

November 30, 2006, When It Warms, It Pours: Climate Change Produces Fewer but More Extreme Monsoon Rains, by David Biello.

November 21, 2006, Mysterious Stabilization of Atmospheric Methane May Buy Time in Race to Stop Global Warming, by David Biello.

November 17, 2006, Temperate Zone Forest Fires Can Cool the Climate, by Alison Snyder.

November 3, 2006, Service Sector Not Off the Hook When It Comes to Greenhouse Gas Emissions, by David Biello.

October 25, 2006, Appalachians Triggered Ancient Ice Age, by JR Minkel.

October 19, 2006, Gravity Measurements Confirm Greenland's Glaciers Precipitous Meltdown, by David Biello.

October 11, 2006, Earth's Tilt Spawns Rise and Fall of Species, by David Biello.

October 3, 2006, Climate Change Affects Forest-Floor Ecosystem, by Ciara Curtin.

October 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 4, pg. 64. IMPACT FROM THE DEEP, by Peter D. Ward.

September 28, 2006, Rare Mineral Further Implicates CO2 in Last Global Warming, by JR Minkel.

September 18, 2006, Tree Rings Extend Record of Hurricane Activity, by JR Minkel.

September 14, 2006, Chemical Process Makes Fuel from Carbon Dioxide, by David Biello.

September 13, 2006, No Sunshine for Global Warming Skeptics, by JR Minkel.

September 13, 2006, Science Talk, Nuclear Energy's Future, the Mouse-Cheese Relationship, by Steve Mirsky.

September 5, 2006, Hurricane Force, by David Biello.

September 1, 2006, Global Warming Shows Up in Fly Genes, by JR Minkel.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 102. PLAN B FOR ENERGY, by W. Wayt Gibbs.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 94. HIGH HOPES FOR HYDROGEN, by Joan Ogden.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 84. THE RISE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, by Daniel M. Kammen.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 76. THE NUCLEAR OPTION, by John M. Deutch and Ernest J. Moniz.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 68. WHAT TO DO ABOUT COAL, by David G. Hawkins, Daniel A. Lashof and Robert H. Williams.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 64. AN EFFICIENT SOLUTION, by Eberhard K. Jochem.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 60. FUELING OUR TRANSPORTATION FUTURE, by John B. Heywood.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 50. A PLAN TO KEEP CARBON IN CHECK, by Robert H. Socolow and Stephen W. Pacala.

September 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 3, pg. 46. A CLIMATE REPAIR MANUAL, by Gary Stix.

August 30, 2006, Anemic Phytoplankton Absorb Less Carbon than Thought, by JR Minkel.

July 2006, Vol. 295, Num. 1, pg. 76. A POWER GRID FOR THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY, by Paul M. Grant, Chauncey Starr and Thomas J. Overbye.

July 24, 2006, Ask the Experts, If carbon dioxide makes up only a minute portion of the atmosphere, how can global warming be traced to it? And how can such a tiny amount of change produce such large effects?, by Pieter Tans.

July 21, 2006, Bee and Flower Diversity Decline in Tandem, by David Biello.

July 7, 2006, Warming Climate May Increase Western Wildfire Woes, by David Biello.

July 5, 2006, Bird Extinction Estimates May Be Too Low, by David Biello.

July 3, 2006, Climate Change May Not Benefit Crops, by Karen Schrock.

June 28, 2006, Science Talk, Bering Sea, radiation, historic tortoise., by Steve Mirsky.

June 21, 2006, Pulitzer Prize-winning naturalist Edward O. Wilson, by Steve Mirsky.

May 26, 2006, Warming Atmosphere Expands Tropics, by David Biello.

May 11, 2006, Climate Change Blamed for Pleistocene Megafauna Bust and Boom, by David Biello.

May 4, 2006, With Warming Climate, Only the Earlier Bird Catches the Worm, by David Biello.

April 27, 2006, Coral Withstands Bleaching by Feeding, by David Biello.

April 12, 2006, Scientists Predict Extinctions from Global Warming, by David Biello.

April 2006, Vol. 294, Num. 4, pg. 84. DOES GLOBALIZATION HELP OR HURT THE WORLD'S POOR?, by Pranab Bardhan.

April 2006, Vol. 294, Num. 4, pg. 72. HYBRID VEHICLES GAIN TRACTION, by Joseph J. Romm and Andrew A. Frank.

March 31, 2006, Balloon Data Confirms Antarctic Warming Trend, by David Biello.

March 24, 2006, Climate Model Predicts Greater Melting, Submerged Cities, by David Biello.

March 21, 2006, Study Supports Possible Connection between Climate Change and Malaria Rise, by David Biello.

March 17, 2006, Statistical Analysis Bolsters Theory Linking Warmer Oceans to Stronger Hurricanes, by David Biello.

March 2006, Vol. 294, Num. 3, pg. 82. LITTLE GREEN MOLECULES, by Terrence J. Collins and Chip Walters.

March 2006, Vol. 294, Num. 3, pg. 58. THE DANGERS OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION, by Scott C. Doney.

February 17, 2006, Greenland's Glaciers: Melting and On The Move, by David Biello.


February 2006, Vol. 294, Num. 2, pg. 64. PROTECTING NEW ORLEANS, by Mark Fischetti.

December 21, 2005, Surface Permafrost Could Disappear, by 2100, by David Biello.

November 28, 2005, Ice Core Extends Climate Record Back 650,000 Years, by David Biello.

November 21, 2005, Gene Swapping Helps Bacteria Adapt, by David Biello.

October 21, 2005, Selective Logging Fails to Sustain Rainforest, by Tracy Staedter.

October 18, 2005, Climate Model Predicts Extreme Changes for U.S., by Tracy Staedter.

September 2005, Vol. 293, Num. 3, pg. 108. HOW SHOULD WE SET PRIORITIES?, by W. Wayt Gibbs.

September 2005, Vol. 293, Num. 3, pg. 100. ECONOMICS IN A FULL WORLD, by Herman E. Daly.

September 2005, Vol. 293, Num. 3, pg. MORE PROFIT WITH LESS CARBON, by Amory B. Lovins.

September 2005, Vol. 293, Num. 3, pg. 44. THE CLIMAX OF HUMANITY, by George Musser.

August 19, 2005, Climate Flux Could Have Fostered Early Human Speciation, Diatom Study Suggests, by Kate Wong.

July 1, 2005, Climate Change Could Set Dunes in Motion, Study Suggests, by Sarah Graham.

July 2005, Vol. 293, Num. 1, pg. 49. CAN WE BURY GLOBAL WARMING?, by Robert H. Socolow.

June 2005, Vol. 292, Num. 6, pg. 96. DOUBT IS THEIR PRODUCT, by David Michaels.

May 2, 2005, Earth Holding On to Sun's Heat, Study Suggests, by Sarah Graham.

April 2005, Vol. 292, Num. 4, pg. 66. SHAPING THE FUTURE, by Steven W. Popper, Robert J. Lempert and Steven C. Bankes.

March 18, 2005, Climate Models Reveal Inevitability of Global Warming, by Sarah Graham.

March 2005, Vol. 292, Num. 3, pg. 62. ON THE ROAD TO FUEL-CELL CARS, by Steven Ashley.

March 2005, Vol. 292, Num. 3, pg. 46. HOW DID HUMANS FIRST ALTER GLOBAL CLIMATE?, by William F. Ruddiman.

February 14, 2005, Capturing Carbon Dioxide, by Don Monroe.

February 2005, Vol. 292, Num. 2, pg. 22. PUNCTUATED DISEQUILIBRIUM, by Claudio Angelo.

January 12, 2005, Climate Change Desiccating the Planet, Researchers Conclude, by Sarah Graham.

November 29, 2004, DNA Evidence Weighs In on Ice Age Extinction Debate, by Sarah Graham.

November 17, 2004, Threat of Extinction Plagues More Than 15,000 Species, by Sarah Graham.

November 2004, Vol. 291, Num. 5, pg. 62. ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE, by Richard B. Alley.

October 2004, Vol. 291, Num. 4, pg. 68. CONTROLLING HURRICANES, by Ross N. Hoffman.

September 22, 2004, Ice Shelf Loss Sped Up Glacier Movement, by Sarah Graham.

September 20, 2004, Ask the Experts, How are past temperatures determined from an ice core?, by Robert Mulvaney.

August 13, 2004, Model Predicts Future Heat Waves Will be More Intense, by Sarah Graham.

July 26, 2004, Surface Climate's Effects Felt on Ocean Floor, by Sarah Graham.

July 2004, Vol. 291, Num. 1, pg. 78. WHEN METHANE MADE CLIMATE, by James F. Kasting.

June 21, 2004, Global Study Links Climate to Rates of Childhood Asthma, by Sarah Graham.

May 6, 2004, New Study May Resolve Long-Standing Global Warming Debate, by Alla Katsnelson.

May 2004, Vol. 290, Num. 5, pg. 66. QUESTIONS ABOUT A HYDROGEN ECONOMY, by Matthew L. Wald.

March 2004, Vol. 290, Num. 3, pg. 68. DEFUSING THE GLOBAL WARMING TIME BOMB, by James Hansen.

April 6, 2004, Satellite Data Reveal Drought in Amazon Rain Forest, by Sarah Graham.

March 23, 2004, Climate Changed Genetics of Canadian Lynx, by Sarah Graham.

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