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Acid Maps Reveal Worst of Climate Change

Much of the change in climate change is happening to the ocean. It’s not just the extra heat hiding within the waves. The seven seas also absorb a big share of the carbon dioxide released by burning the fossilized sunshine known as coal, natural gas and oil...

November 20, 2014 — David Biello

Mysterious Flying Squirrel Could Get Endangered Species Protection

The squirrels gliding amid the mountains east of Los Angeles have been, for the most part, flying under the scientific radar. There has never been a single scientific paper published specifically about the San Bernardino flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus californicus), even though hundreds of papers about squirrels in general are published every year...

September 24, 2014 — John R. Platt
12 Graphics that Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change

12 Graphics that Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change

Climate change is real, it’s here and it will be affecting the planet for a long, long time. That’s the lesson of the latest iteration of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s state of climate science report, released in its entirety on January 30...

January 31, 2014 — David Biello
The California Drought: “A Stark Warning of Things to Come”

The California Drought: “A Stark Warning of Things to Come”

This is what California looked like on January 13 in 2013 and 2014. You’ll notice things have changed. I live here, so this morning I listened as Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual State of the State address...

January 22, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Drunks and Gravediggers Wax Poetic about Climate Change

Drunks and Gravediggers Wax Poetic about Climate Change

Want to know what climate change really means to people? Emily Hinshelwood found out in a most unusual way. For days on end the Welsh poet and writer walked the 121-mile train route known as the Heart of Wales Line and asked every single person she met the same three questions: What images come to [...]..

November 19, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
SciArt on the Scene in Nov/Dec. 2013

SciArt on the Scene in Nov/Dec. 2013

Ahhh, fall. Time to look for more indoor activities. And aren’t you lucky? Here’s a list of sciart exhibits that will warm your heart while you warm your toes.

October 30, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Complex Life: Wimpy or Tough?

Complex life may be less resilient than microbial life by some measures, but it's not necessarily cosmically delicate

June 26, 2017 — Caleb A. Scharf

Paris Climate Talks: The 2-Degree Limit

World leaders will soon meet in Paris, tasked with stopping the world from heating up by more than 2 degrees. Nature Video investigates the basis of this limit, and how much carbon we can burn before we reach it...

November 27, 2015 — Nature Video
Senate Seat Races That Could Impact Science

Senate Seat Races That Could Impact Science

In these final days before the 2016 election keep an eye on Maryland, New Hampshire and Missouri, where contested seats may have ramifications for science in the U.S. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on October 29, 2016...

October 31, 2016 — Nature Video
Global Water Shortages Grow Worse but Nations Have Few Answers

Global Water Shortages Grow Worse but Nations Have Few Answers

As we have been hearing, global water shortages are poised to exacerbate regional conflict and hobble economic growth. Yet the problem is growing worse, and is threatening to deal devastating blows to health, according to top water officials from the U.S...

August 1, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron

Political Climates: Drought and Conflict in Syria

Beginning in 2007, Syria and the greater Fertile Crescent experienced the worst three year drought ever recorded in the region. Recent research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests the drought may have contributed to the ongoing conflict in Syria...

March 24, 2015 — Layla Eplett
Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability

Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability

Nowadays, it seems like every big company promotes an image of sustainability. A common example is the now-ubiquitous hotel-bathroom notice invoking images of ocean animals or pastoral scenery in an effort to convince guests to reuse their towels for the sake of the environment...

October 28, 2014 — Robert Fares
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