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The New Climate Data: So What?

The New Climate Data: So What?

After much anticipation, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Friday revealed it’s new assessment of climate change, after two years of deliberation.

October 2, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
Spot the Differences in the New IPCC Report

Spot the Differences in the New IPCC Report

Changes have been made. No, I’m not talking about the difference between the 2007 climate change report from the Intergovernmental on Climate Change versus this latest iteration.

September 27, 2013 — David Biello

Cultured Beef: Do We Really Need a $380,000 Burger Grown in Petri Dishes?

For the first time, the public has been treated to the spectacle of lab-grown meat cooked and eaten via live Webcast. Backed by Google billionaire Sergey Brin, Dutch tissue engineer Mark Post unveiled his “cultured beef” at a press event on August 5, answering the question posed by a 2011 Scientific American feature: “When Will [...]..

August 5, 2013 — David Biello
Tornadoes May Be Getting Strongeror Not

Tornadoes May Be Getting Strongeror Not

Sometimes scientists cant help themselves from showing dramatic curves, even though they have so many caveats that no firm conclusions can be made from the data.

December 11, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
Scientists Team Up to Talk about Climate Change

Scientists Team Up to Talk about Climate Change

As many as 400,000 people voiced their concern about climate change during the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21. Held just before the United Nations Climate Summit, the march was one of many events held around the world...

October 6, 2014 — Lisa Gardiner

Did Congestion Charging Just Go Viral?

What is congestion charging? Congestion charging or pricing is the practice of setting up cordon tolls around the city on a large-scale to charge entrants for entering during peak hours...

August 22, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Mathematical Patterns in Sea Ice Reveal Melt Dynamics

Some people call Ken Golden the "Indiana Jones" of mathematics due to his frequent excursions to remote, harsh parts of the world. Golden, a professor of mathematics at the University of Utah, studies the dynamics of sea ice, and he regularly goes out into the field to test his hypotheses...

March 13, 2014 — Geoffrey Giller

Blue-Footed Boobies Have Stopped Breeding, But Why?

One of the most delightful bird species of the Galápagos has almost completely stopped breeding there. According to a new study published this week in the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology, blue-footed boobies (Sula nebouxii) have seen a population drop of more than 50 percent over the past two decades...

April 23, 2014 — John R. Platt

Climate Preparedness Index Reveals Rich-Poor Gap

High in the Peruvian Andes 8,000 alpacas died during a particularly harsh period of cold in the summer of 2004. For the herders who raise and shear these long-haired beasts for a living, it was a huge loss amounting to one fifth of all the alpacas living in that region of the highlands...

November 21, 2014 — Amy Nordrum
The Overwhelming Odds Of Climate Change

The Overwhelming Odds Of Climate Change

If you listen to global warming deniers, or even much of the public, it seems like there is some stack of scientific studies somewhere that refute anthropogenic—human-caused—climate change...

May 20, 2013 — Kyle Hill
Can Chinese Cities Turn Around Pollution in Time?

Can Chinese Cities Turn Around Pollution in Time?

China became a mostly urban country in 2011, the service sector became the biggest in 2013, and in 2015 Chinese cities will try to reverse negative trends of sprawl and pollution.

February 26, 2015 — Tali Trigg
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