KNOWABLE A growing body of research shows that people have been shaping the planet for millennia — muddying the very idea of wilderness and prompting calls for a revolution in ecology and conservation The Brazil nut is a wondrous thing. The tree can grow more than 150 feet tall — a titan even by Amazonian … More Why there’s no such thing as pristine nature
HIGH COUNTRY NEWS After the Northwest ‘heat dome’ this summer, scientists look for signs of ecological ruin — or resilience. During this summer’s stifling heat wave, Robin Fales patrolled the same sweep of shore on Washington’s San Juan Island every day at low tide. The stench of rotting sea life grew as temperatures edged toward … More How heat waves warp ecosystems
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN The planet’s spin may have mediated critical atmospheric oxygen When Judith Klatt began studying the colorful mats of primitive microbes living in a sinkhole at the bottom of Lake Huron, she thought she might learn something about Earth’s early ecosystems. Instead Klatt, a biogeochemist at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in … More Early Earth’s Slowing Rotation Helped Oxygen Build Up
NATURE The disruption that the coronavirus has caused to daily life has created unique research opportunities for scientists. Soon after COVID-19 lockdowns began in March 2020, physicians in certain nations noticed something unexpected: the number of premature births seemed to plummet. Preliminary research in one region of Ireland documented a 73% decrease in very-low-birth-weight babies1. … More Pandemic upheaval offers a huge natural experiment
OUTSIDE As a college student, writer Julia Rosen spent a summer on Alaska’s Taku Glacier, which kept growing for decades in spite of warming temperatures. Now, she reckons with its uncertain fate. Read the essay in Outside.
THE LAST WORD ON NOTHING When I was sixteen, my voice teacher predicted I would become a Jack of all trades. It wasn’t a compliment: We were in the midst of a fight, squaring off across the shiny black battlefield of her baby grand piano. She wanted me to concentrate only on singing. But I … More In Praise of Phases
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN The gas is making climate change worse. Can we harness it instead? Read the story in Scientific American.
THE NEW YORK TIMES A guide for kids, and everyone else, about climate change—and what we can do about it. Experience the interactive, illustrated story on The New York Times.
THE NEW YORK TIMES Definitive answers to the big questions. The science of climate change is more solid and widely agreed upon than you might think. But the scope of the topic, as well as rampant disinformation, can make it hard to separate fact from fiction. Here, we’ve done our best to present you with … More The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof
THE ATLANTIC We broke phosphorus. In a field of sugar beets outside Cambridge, England, Simon Kelly stands above a narrow trench gouged into the rusty earth, roughly 15 feet deep and 30 feet long. “Welcome to the pit,” says Kelly, a bespectacled, white-bearded geologist in a straw hat and khaki shirt. “You’re seeing something that … More Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements