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Did Climate Change Intensify Supertyphoon Haiyan?

Did Climate Change Intensify Supertyphoon Haiyan?

At the UN climate talks in Poland, Yeb Sano, the head of the Philippines delegation has announced he will refrain from eating until participants make “meaningful” progress.

November 11, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Teach the Children Well…About Water

Today, all eighth and ninth graders in the public school system here in Decatur, Ga., are partaking in a day-long seminar known as Water Wise. Last night, I attended the preview complete with presentations about water-borne diseases, water conservation, and the intricate interplay between energy use and water...

September 24, 2013 — Robynne Boyd
EPA Challenges Coal Industry to Adopt New Technology

EPA Challenges Coal Industry to Adopt New Technology

The White House unveiled a powerful incentive to speed track carbon capture technology innovations this morning with the release of highly-anticipated requirements to harness the emissions of new coal-fired power plants and natural gas facilities...

September 20, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron
“Consistent With Our Carbon Budgets”

“Consistent With Our Carbon Budgets”

That’s how Ed Davey, the United Kingdom’s Energy and Climate Minister, is describing the climate impacts of natural gas from shale formations: This report shows that the continued use of gas is perfectly consistent with our carbon budgets over the next couple of decades...

September 12, 2013 — David Wogan

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

What about Earth’s Microbiome?

The latest temperature readings from Antarctica are giving the world pause, along with the finding that 70 percent of the western Antarctic ice shelf has melted.

April 22, 2015 — Raina Maier
Battleship Barcelona: When Child-Like Simplicity Saves the Day

Battleship Barcelona: When Child-Like Simplicity Saves the Day

I am one of those people who always thought Barcelona would be my favorite city in the world. I visited several times, and though the weather, design, and food leave you wanting little else, there was always something about the sheer number of tourists (besides myself) and traffic that put me off the whole experience...

July 10, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Are Parents More Focused On Earth’s Future?

In my article over at The Atlantic, I describe an interesting trend in the University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll data. Parents appear to be more likely to express concern about critical environmental issues like climate change and more interested in changing their behavior to be smarter consumers when it comes to purchasing energy [...]..

May 28, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

Consumer tip-of-the-day: increasing efficiency of fuel economy on a miles-per-gallon scale is not linear, as more miles-per-gallon (mpg) are initially better for your wallet and the planet than you might expect, and eventually trail off with diminishing returns...

July 21, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Google Maps Dives Underwater with `Street View'

Google has taken its ‘street view’ maps to a whole new level—namely, the ocean's depths. Already, scientists have collected 400,000 panoramic photos of coral reefs and other marine marvels off the coast of Australia and in the Caribbean, some of which viewers can access on Google Maps...

August 13, 2014 — Annie Sneed
How Would Fish Vote in the 2012 Election?

How Would Fish Vote in the 2012 Election?

This week’s look at the ScienceDebate answers provided by Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama focuses on their replies to a question about the health of our oceans and coastlines...

September 28, 2012 — Christine Gorman

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine