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Map Monday: Will Global Warming Drown Your Hometown?

Map Monday: Will Global Warming Drown Your Hometown?

You may recently have read about climate change and North Carolina for all the wrong reasons, entailing laws designed to forbid the mentioning of the term "climate change" as well as outright banning measurements of sea-level rise...

September 29, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Can China Cut Coal?

On a visit to China a few years back, I asked a local official about pollution controls after enjoying my first sour, gritty taste of the country’s air.

November 25, 2014 — David Biello

Energy in the 2015 State of the Union

Tonight President Obama will address a joint session of Congress for the 2015 State of the Union. In 2009, his speech described that renewable energy would "transform our economy, protect our security and save our planet from the ravages of climate change.” By 2014, he highlighted natural gas as as "the bridge fuel that can [...]..

January 20, 2015 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

The Unstoppable Extinction And Fermi’s Paradox

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the evidence that we are currently within a period of mass extinction, the kind of event that will show up in the fossil record a few million years from now as a clear discontinuity, a radical change in the diversity of life on the planet...

March 20, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Lion Tamarins versus Climate Change

Lion Tamarins versus Climate Change

Ecologically speaking, humans maintain a pretty broad niche. We can adapt to live just about anywhere. Most other species aren’t that lucky.

February 10, 2014 — John R. Platt
Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

In late October, the Yale Rudd Center got a visit from Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food. He began his talk, Reforming the Food Systems: Making the Transition Succeed,  by painting a bleak picture. There are three areas in which our food systems are failing us, De Schutter said: ecological limits, social [...]..

November 20, 2013 — Patrick Mustain
What You Need to Know about the Forthcoming Climate Change Report

What You Need to Know about the Forthcoming Climate Change Report

Talk about management by committee: one group of more than 800 scientist authors to cope with more than 9,000 scientific publications on climate change and more than 20,000 comments from “expert reviewers” (plus another 30,000 or so from various other interested parties.) Now the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is into four days of wrangling [...]..

September 24, 2013 — David Biello
How One Little Molecule Influences Earth’s Climate

How One Little Molecule Influences Earth’s Climate

A seemingly humdrum little molecule has found itself responsible for not just one but two positive feedback loops, one moderating climate and the other gathering animals across the food web...

August 30, 2013 — Hannah Waters
Well hello there.

Well hello there.

My name is Sheril. I’m new here, although I’ve been bouncing around the science blogosphere since 2006. Today I’m delighted to be joining the terrific energy team at Scientific American’s Plugged In!...

August 19, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

This Island Earth

One planet, modified by life, racing into the future. Our species should gear up

April 25, 2018 — Caleb A. Scharf
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