Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more.
Today, each bitcoin transaction requires the same amount of energy used to power nine homes in the US for one day. And miners are constantly installing more and faster computers.
Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century.
Yolanda and Alan Young never intended to make Ivanhoe their home. They purchased a two-story, shirtwaist-style house in the Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhood at public auction in 1986, planning to renovate and rent or resell it. They moved in temporarily, then never left.
On the Northwest’s Columbia River, tribes fish for a new prosperity.
Worldwide, populations are being reshuffled on a massive scale.
Is a full-scale fracking ban a good idea? Some pro-environment policy experts and activists don’t think so.
Al Gore got stuck on a scissor lift. Studio execs fell asleep at a screening. And everybody hated the title. The true story of "An Inconvenient Truth," the most improbable — and important — film of our time.
It’s the abuse and violence at Rikers that have received the most attention. But there’s another dimension to the ongoing disaster there: the dangerous environmental conditions.
People argue about GMOs because they are worried about safety, or environmental integrity, or human rights. But because the category is so porous, any policy governing “GMOs” — whether encouraging or discouraging them — can work directly against those values.
“If we are going to solve those issues of climate change — deforestation, rapid urbanization, decrease of biodiversity — all those things, then I believe it helps to take one step back and think: ‘OK — what actually is our notion of nature and how is the relationship between the biosphere and the technosphere developing?’”
Instead of protecting trade secrets, they are handing the keys over to their competitors.
We are past the time when thought experiments are enough. We need to start thinking in practical terms about how to get the technologies we need ready.
If you follow the news, you might think that the biggest challenge cities face is not attracting the middle class, but keeping middle-income families from being priced out, or keeping long-time residents from being displaced by rising rents. This may be the case in the star cities, and a few others like Seattle and Austin. But a hard look at the data shows that the long-term trends are nothing like this at all.
In a perplexing (or not that perplexing given that it’s Glenn Beck) announcement, everyone’s favorite right-wing nutjob orders a female staffer to send out a memo throughout his entire kingdom decreeing a zero-tolerance policy for CFLs, of all things.
There are eight species of pangolin, and all eight are in decline. A couple are well on their way to extinction. Why? Because people are eating them.
Have you ever sat on the subway across from a hot guy or girl holding the book you just finished, trying to peek at their left hand and wondering whether it’s kosher to start a conversation? The organization that runs the subways in Prague has a plan that will end these awkward deliberations for good.
This amazing car is run by pellets made of coffee-grinding byproducts. We may have just saved humanity.
We have seen some great videos of Yosemite in our time. But let us tell you — this is the Yosemite video to beat all Yosemite videos. Yes, there are the usual stars and shooting stars and sunrises and sunsets and light glistening off of water. But there are also horses. And hikers. And hang gliders.
If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average. That’s beyond astonishing.