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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
Science Merit Badges

Science Merit Badges

I was only in the Girl Scouts for a few years, but I really like the idea of merit badges: you do a task, master a skill, learn something new, and you get a physical token of your achievement to display on a sash...

July 11, 2014 — Katie McKissick

If Climate Change Was Not Real...

... there would be a lot of other environmental issues to deal with. This is no big revelation, but it's a question I've been pondering recently: What is the state of the world, not counting climate change? Or rather, what if we managed to reduce CO2 emissions to necessary levels, what would our focus be on [...]..

June 27, 2014 — Tali Trigg

ScienceDebate Revs Up for 2016 Presidential Election

This year, I've been very fortunate to be a part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program, which brings together 60 leaders from around the country to work on projects designed to create significant social impact and change...

April 13, 2015 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

How to Reduce Heat Wave Exposure among the Most Vulnerable

During extreme heat in India, the populations that were reported to perish in highest numbers were the very poor, elderly, outdoor laborers and homeless, likely with preexisting health problems and a lack of access to relief...

June 30, 2015 — Erica Zell, Natasha Sadoff and Stephanie Weber

Now You Can "Hear" Climate Change [Video]

Want a visceral sense of how much temperatures around the Northern Hemisphere are deviating from average? Well, have a listen. University of Minnesota geography student and super cello player Daniel Crawford has composed a two-and-a-half minute piece for string quartet that let’s you hear the temperature change from 1880 to 2014...

May 21, 2015 — Mark Fischetti

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

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

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
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
What is the World’s Busiest Airport?

What is the World’s Busiest Airport?

Is it Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, or Dubai International? Both apparently. But it depends on the metric. If you go by number of flights, then O'Hare is the world's busiest airport (881,933 flights in 2014), dethroning Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (868,359) after 10 years at the top - by this way of measuring...

January 29, 2015 — Tali Trigg
Science Far from Center Stage in Obama’s State of the Union

Science Far from Center Stage in Obama’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address, his first before a Republican-led legislature, was studded this evening with references to science and technology amidst talk of middle class tax cuts, thawing U.S...

January 20, 2015 — Dina Fine Maron

Bacterial Balancing Act

Bacterial Balancing Act

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