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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

October 8, 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

August 23, 2011 — Jim W. Harper

The Science of Monster Storms

Extreme weather events are nothing new, but they appear to be gaining strength. Scientists have risked life and limb to help us better understand—and better survive—these storms

October 21, 2014 — Jeff Masters