Understanding how plant matter breaks down in different environments helps scientists predict how ecosystems will respond to climate change
The surprising recent finding that living plants produce methane does not throw doubt on the cause of global warming. Human activities--not plants--are the source of the surge in this and other greenhouse gases...
Seasonal plants, including possibly the world's important grains, can adapt relatively quickly to climate change
When Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991 it left a trail of evidence in the skies that is helping scientists decipher the workings of the global climate
A bottom-loving fish in the North Sea shows how climate change can directly impact aquatic species--and presage their local doom
Historical record suggests the American West is "primed" for climate change-inspired conflagrations
Ocean sediment reveals the pattern behind the rise and fall of ice ages and the shape of Earth's orbit. By David Biello
In this episode, Leiden University bird song expert Hans Slabbekorrn notes the changes in bird vocalizations when they move from the forest to the city. And we wrap up our series on Scientific American magazine's "SA 50" citations with Ivo Menzinger, managing director of sustainability and emerging risk management for the reinsurance company Swiss Re...
Climate change appears to be increasing the risk of monsoon flooding on the Indian subcontinent.
Fires may boost the reflectivity of the ground, thereby counteracting the warming from the fire's release of greenhouse gases.
Business, policy and science leaders are named to the SA50 list featured in the December issue of Scientific American and at our website, www.sciam.com.
Hide and Seen: Gestures and Facial Expressions Help Communication; Government Attempts to Keep Science Information Hidden
In this episode, Scientific American Mind executive editor Mariette Dichristina talks about a special section of the magazine devoted to the roles of gestures and facial expressions in communications...
Three stories from the Geological Society of America's annual meeting: a 5600-year-old corral; 75-million-year-old stomach worms; health impacts of global warming.
Phytoplankton store as much energy as humans produce in a year. As food, that energy powers the swimmers who churn the oceans and ultimately help regulate the world's climate.
In this episode, MIT physicist Ernest Moniz discusses the future of nuclear energy and the article he co-authored in the September issue of Scientific American called The Nuclear Option...