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- Jan 30 20172 minutes
The Great Cities Of Britain Can’t Breathe
High levels of nitrogen dioxide are poisoning Londoners and others
- Jan 7 20177 minutes
The Atlantic Ocean and an Actual Debate in Climate Science
Scientists have recently begun to re-examine a scary question: Will a crucial ocean current shut down?
- Jan 4 20176 minutes
Earth's Oceans Are Steadily Warming
Another study argues there was no sea-surface slowdown in warming.
- Dec 29 20167 minutes
The Buried Story of Male Hysteria
When men actually began to be diagnosed as “hysterics,” doctors searched for a cause. They found a chemical that may be on the rise again today.
- Jan 2 20173 minutes
How Bad Air Came Back
Air pollution is getting worse—and hurting us even more
- Oct 17 20161 minute
‘Clean Coal’ Is Far From Clean
And, despite what Trump said in the debate, it isn’t likely to save miners’ jobs either
- Feb 10 20177 minutes
How the New Climate Denial Is Like the Old Climate Denial
There has been a subtle shift recently in the rhetoric of many conservative pundits and politicians around climate change. For decades, the common refrain has been flat-out denial—either that climate change is not happening, or that any change is not
- Apr 24 20164 minutes
Here’s How Industrial Emitters Can Pinpoint Their Carbon Footprint
Given how hazardous greenhouse gases (GHGs) are to our atmosphere and climate, it is perplexing to find hardly anyone talking about how those gases are measured. Even among those who do, you seldom spot anyone who mentions—amid the small fonts and ta
- Jan 10 20174 minutes
‘Short-Lived’ Methane Could Raise Sea Levels for Another 800 Years
A new study shows that sea levels will keep increasing long after emissions leave the atmosphere.
- Oct 17 20161 minute
Canada Sets the Trend on Climate
A national carbon tax may be too low to reach the country’s Paris targets, but it’s a good start
- Dec 21 201616 minutes
President Trump and the Unnatural World
David Biello, author of The Unnatural World, talks about the paradox of climate change in the Trumpocene.
- Jan 4 20177 minutes
The Republicans Who Want Trump to Fight Climate Change
Not everyone interested in curbing climate change is tearing their hair out about Donald Trump's election. Though the president-elect seems to be packing his administration with climate deniers and fossil fuel industry veterans, a small, unconvention
- Sep 19 20161 minute
The Anthropocene Should Bring Awe—and Act as a Warning
JUSTIN WORLAND AS GEOLOGICAL EPOCHS HAVE COME AND gone throughout Earth’s vast history, shifts have often correlated with large-scale global changes like ice ages and mass extinctions. An asteroid hits the planet, wiping out the dinosaurs, and the C
- Dec 2 20167 minutes
How Trump Could Wage A War On Scientific Expertise
The mechanics of stripping empiricism out of America’s regulatory systems
- Oct 1 20153 minutes
Can These Scooters Cut Down Commutes and Air Pollution?
An electric-charged plan to drive an eco-revolution in Asia.
- Oct 17 20162 minutes
Inside the Fight for Cleaner Air
AT FIRST GLANCE, LONDON’S Oxford Street looks like any other pristine urban corridor. Trees bloom. Taxis honk. Shoppers flock to stores like Starbucks, Uniqlo and the Gap. Of all the words you could use to describe this destination, dangerous would b
- Jun 25 20132 minutes
In Global Warming’s “New Normal,” Florida May Be Uninsurable
This afternoon, President Obama gave a major speech at Georgetown University laying out his administration’s climate and energy policy. The most notable bit was probably that he’s directing the EPA to take the unprecedented step of creating federal l
- Mar 22 20165 minutes
In the “Black Mayonnaise” of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, Alien Life Is Being Born
On a late fall morning, Joseph Alexiou fastened his life jacket and stepped into an eight-foot fiberglass boat floating on the Gowanus Canal. A licensed New York City tour guide, and an amateur historian, Alexiou was preparing to take a passenger on
- Jan 13 20173 minutes
The End of Government Oversight?
Republicans in Congress are working hard to remove business regulations that they believe are hampering economic growth.
- Mar 26 20158 minutes
The 315-Year-Old Science Experiment: How counting sunspots unites the past and future of science.
The most arrogant astronomer in Switzerland in the mid-20th century was a solar physicist named Max Waldmeier. Colleagues were so relieved when he retired in 1980 that they nearly retired the initiative he led as director of the Zurich Observatory. W
- Apr 1 20161 minute
Red, Blue, And Green
How politicians of both parties created California’s low-carbon economy
- Jul 1 20133 minutes
A Weather Man Who Reaches for Months, Not Days
If you want to know the weather tomorrow, meteorologists can tell you. If you’d like to know what it’ll be like in 50 years, climatologists can tell you that reasonably accurately, too. But if you want to know the weather six months from now? That’s
- Jan 19 20175 minutes
As the Planet Warms, Trump's EPA Pick Hedges
Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing to lead the EPA was dissonant with the week’s biggest scientific news.
- Mar 6 20153 minutes
Wild-Winter Whodunnit—Climate Change Over the U.S. With a Slow Jet Stream?
A question hangs like a cloud over the deeply weird winter: Why? What might explain the bizarre warmth of western North America, while the east was buried in a slow-motion avalanche? Nobody knows for sure, but there’s a very plausible link to climate