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- Jan 16 20171 minute
The Ivory Trade Loses Its Biggest Player
KATE SAMUELSON ON DEC. 30, CHINA COMMITTED TO A ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. The decision, hailed by conservation groups as historic, could help end the global trade of ivory for good. Here’s why: ELEPHANT IN
- Feb 10 20175 minutes
How Endangered Species May Fare Under Trump
Environmentalists worry about Trump’s impact on Earth’s flora and fauna.
- Nov 28 20163 minutes
Trump’s Presidency Could Mean the End of a Livable Climate
THE THOUSANDS OF DIPLOMATS AND activists who gathered at the annual U.N. climate summit, held this year in Marrakech, Morocco, on Nov. 7, must have thought the hard work was over. Just days earlier, the Paris Agreement, by far the most ambitious inte
- Jan 4 20176 minutes
Earth's Oceans Are Steadily Warming
Another study argues there was no sea-surface slowdown in warming.
- 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.
- 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?
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
Why a Post-Nuclear World Would Look Nothing Like “Mad Max”
Mad Max: Fury Road envisions an embarrassing, nightmarish future. Worldwide droughts have driven humanity to nuclear war over water, destroying modern civilization, and disfiguring the earth into a planet-spanning Sahara. Decrepit old goons control t
- Feb 16 201710 minutes
When Climate Change Starts Wars: Rising temperatures are bringing ethnic tensions to a boil in Central Asia.
The Kyrgyz soldier stepped quietly out of the dark green bushes and swung his Kalashnikov rifle in the direction of our car. Another emerged and did the same. Their checkpoint was a skinny log dragged across a broken asphalt road heading toward an et
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
The Great Climate-Change Savior? It’s Pragmatism
RICHARD BRANSON IN 1976, AMID RISING SCIENTIFIC concerns about a warming planet, a young energy-policy analyst named Amory Lovins challenged the U.S. government to reimagine the nation’s energy supply and pursue the path of renewable energy and grea
- Dec 7 20165 minutes
Tar Balls, The Beach's Fossil-Fuel Flowers
Globs of black goo occur on beaches both naturally from ocean seeps and artificially from oil spills. An Object Lesson.
- Feb 23 20175 minutes
Is It Okay to Enjoy the Warm Winters of Climate Change?
The weather is nice, but it reminds us of the problems to come.
- Jan 30 20174 minutes
The Incredible Shrinking State
Trump wants to downplay global warming. Louisiana won’t let him | “We’re not just giving up because they say we have to”
- Jan 22 20171 minute
Bottled Versus Tap
BOTTLED Where it comes from: Nearly half of New York’s comes from city reserves. How it’s regulated: The Food and Drug Administration treats it as a food, and it can’t require food companies to publish detailed reports on where their products come
- Jan 11 20173 minutes
Rex Tillerson Says Climate Change Is Real, but …
The former oilman downplayed humanity’s responsibility for raising the global thermostat on Wednesday.
- Jan 12 20177 minutes
The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science
Billy Barr moved to the Rocky Mountains four decades ago, got bored one winter, and decided to keep a notebook that has become the stuff of legend.
- Jan 26 20173 minutes
How to Overcome Political Irrationality About Facts
Some Trump supporters are willing to lie about his inauguration attendance to preserve their ideological identities. A new study explains how curiosity can help resist reflexive partisanship.
- Oct 31 20161 minute
New Deal on Pollutants Caps Good Year for Climate Action
JUSTIN WORLAND CLIMATE NEGOTIATORS MEETING IN KIGALI, Rwanda, agreed on Oct. 15 to phase out pollutants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The deal represents crucial progress toward meeting the goal of last year’s landmark Paris Agreement, which s
- Jan 12 20171 minute
Spark of Science: Jon Beckmann: The conservation ecologist discusses the plight of animals in a human-dominated landscape.
Whenever you face a challenge and you’re trying to solve a problem,” says conservation ecologist Jon Beckmann, “it always helps to take a different perspective than your own.” We’ve all heard that advice before. Just this week in his farewell address
- Sep 18 201623 minutes
This Is New York in the Not-so-Distant Future
Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition.
- 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
- Jan 26 20173 minutes
How a Scientist Mapped the Entire Peruvian Amazon by Plane
In August 2011, I climbed onto a small twin-propeller plane, crouching down to avoid smacking my head. The plane took off from Cusco, Peru, and was soon soaring over the Amazon rainforest. From the window, I could see a vast, unbroken layer of trees,
- 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 6 20164 minutes
Why Did Ivanka Summon Al Gore To Trump Tower?
The former vice president spoke with the president-elect about climate change—but that doesn’t mean anything yet.
- Mar 14 20164 minutes
Ecologists Can’t Beat Invasive Species, So They’re Joining Them
The path to Ohe’o Gulch, in Maui, meanders through a short section of forest, past mango trees and pockets of bamboo, then opens onto the ocean. Palm trees of all sizes and varieties line the Pacific coast, their trunks hunched over the sand, fronds
- 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 1 20132 minutes
A Franchisee Gym Pumps up Profits by Going Green
A Retro Fitness franchisee cut their electricity costs by adding eco-friendly features.
- Oct 1 20165 minutes
Above and Below
VISUAL COMMENTARIES ON THE EARTH’S RESOURCES BY THREE ARTISTS.
- Oct 24 20161 minute
5 Issues That Deserve More Love—or Hate
SHIPPING Ninety percent of all we use—shirts, phones, disposable coffee cups and the beans therein—have traveled around the world on ships burning one of the dirtiest fuels by the ton. According to Edward Humes, author of Door to Door, 160 of these
- Nov 28 20161 minute
The Return of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’
It really is a new day for U.S. energy policy. The President-elect has pledged to roll back environmental regulations, invest in new pipelines and allow drilling on public lands—and he can make many of the changes unilaterally once in office. On thei
- Dec 12 20161 minute
A Cabinet Pick Who’s Bad For Climate Policy
Ben Carson must acknowledge the threat global warming poses to American homes