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When the Sea Saved Humanity

Shortly after Homo sapiens arose, harsh climate conditions nearly extinguished our species. The small population that gave rise to all humans alive today may have survived by exploiting a unique combination of resources along the southern coast of Africa

October 1, 2016 — Curtis W. Marean

Flint's Water and Environmental Justice

The University of Michigan's Paul Mohai, a leading researcher of issues related to environmental justice, talked about the Flint water crisis at a workshop sponsored by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, attended by Scientific American contributing editor Robin Lloyd. 

October 17, 2016 — Robin Lloyd and Steve Mirsky

Disasters Debated

Scientists grapple over the extent to which humans are making extreme weather worse

June 14, 2016 — Gayathri Vaidyanathan and ClimateWire

Are Category 6 Hurricanes Coming Soon?

Tropical cyclones like Irene are predicted to be more powerful this year, thanks to natural conditions, but researchers disagree on how to rate that intensity

October 8, 2016 — Jim W. Harper