Nearly half of terrestrial ecosystems could reach this tipping point in just a few decades
Life’s great radiations do not always line up with mass extinctions, a new study shows
Data about Earth’s 78 most important mountaintops foretell changes in the amount and timing of snowmelt
Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb talks about his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.
Our planet is burning, both literally and figuratively, because of climate change—and COVID is no excuse to ignore it
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from Panama about the toll lightning takes on tropical trees.
Living things depend on water, but it breaks down DNA and other key molecules. So how did the earliest cells deal with the water paradox?
Record-breaking blazes in Australia spewed as many particles into the sky as a volcanic eruption
Record wildfires, dwindling sea ice and ecosystem disruptions all point to the rapid change besetting the region
The sheer scale of buildings, infrastructure and other anthropogenic objects underscores our impact on the planet
The combination of hurricanes, wildfires, and the pandemic meant the organization provided four times as much assistance as in an average year
A duckbill dinosaur jawbone found in Morocco means that dinosaurs crossed a large body of water to reach Africa.
COVID-19 has highlighted how we’ve damaged the planet—and also harmed poor and marginalized people
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from all over, including one from the United Arab Emirates about the the first interplanetary mission by an Arab country.
Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti and associate editor Andrea Thompson talk about this election and the future of U.S. energy research and policy.
Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti talks about how this election will affect environmental science and policy.
Scientific American’s associate editor for sustainability Andrea Thompson talks about how climate science and policy will be affected by this election.
Countries are debating proposed marine reserves that could help protect this key source of food for other species
The mass-extinction asteroid happened to strike an area where the rock contained a lot of organic matter and sent soot into the stratosphere, where it could block sunlight for years...
Planners returned water to the dry bed of Arizona’s Santa Cruz River in 2019, and various species began showing up on the same day.