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Biodiversity Hotspots Get Hotter (and That's Not Good)

Biodiversity hotspots are golden places on earth where the number and diversity of animals and plants is exceptional. Environmentalists say that hotspots are the most critical of all places to protect against the ill effects of human development and climate change...

July 15, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Critics Slam Reports of a "Polar Vortex" in July

Critics Slam Reports of a "Polar Vortex" in July

Years ago on Saturday Night Live, Gilda Radner played a little old lady, Emily Litella, who came onto the Weekend Update news set to deliver an editorial about a burning issue of the day—only she didn't quite have the correct terminology...

July 14, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Hurricane Season: How Do Storms Form? [video]

Hurricane Season: How Do Storms Form? [video]

The Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins Sunday, June 1, and runs through November 30. Last week various agencies released their predictions for how many hurricanes might develop and how many might be big ones...

May 31, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Plastic Bags: More Cities Get on the Banned-Wagon

Let's face it: plastic bags are really handy. But as we know, they're also terrible for the environment and for wildlife. They jam landfills, where they will not decompose for centuries, and they float across wide swaths of the seas...

May 19, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Big Climate Danger Could Arrive as Soon as 2036

Big Climate Danger Could Arrive as Soon as 2036

Climate change is changing. In three days we will find out how much, and how rapidly. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is meeting in Yokohama, Japan, will release the second report of its massive assessment on Sunday, March 30 EDT (March 31 in Japan)...

March 27, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Will Ferrell and Robert Redford Argue over the Colorado River

Will Ferrell and Robert Redford Argue over the Colorado River

Well, okay, it's a fake argument. But the issue the two famous actors are bantering about is very real: restoring the Colorado River. Rather than preach, Robert Redford and Will Ferrell have made five humorous public service videos to get people's attention...

March 21, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Global Warming: Democrats and Republicans Agree

Global Warming: Democrats and Republicans Agree

Wait, what? Contrary to the polarized positions that politicians and commentators often take in the media, Americans do not disagree about global warming or what to do about it.

March 18, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine