ADVENTURE JOURNAL In the new world of unreliable snowfall, ice skates offer a swift and sublime form of backcountry travel. The sky was the color of charcoal when Luc Mehl stepped onto the frozen ribbon of the Selawik River. The smoldering ember of the horizon announced the arrival of a cold, clear day. But it … More The revolution will be hard, fast, and frozen
NEW YORK TIMES Read my post on smartphone sustainability in the New York Times’ Climate Fwd: newsletter.
HAKAI Inuit in Canada and Greenland want to protect an ecological wonder—a massive Arctic polynya—at the center of their world. The little auks are hard to spot among the rocky rubble that lines the shore of northwest Greenland. The black-and-white birds—diminutive relatives of the puffin—flicker and bob around the noisy colonies, looking for a mate … More An Oasis of Open Water
SCIENCE Government won’t dispute climate change, but will cast doubt on claimed harms Next week, barring a last-minute intervention by the Supreme Court, climate change will go to trial for just the second time in U.S. history. In a federal courtroom in Eugene, Oregon, 21 young people are scheduled to face off against the U.S. … More Youth climate trial showcases science
NEW SCIENTIST Recent advances could let us crack the immense promise of geothermal heat to power our world. The Reykjanes peninsula juts out of the south-western tip of Iceland like a hitch-hiker’s thumb. Most visitors glimpse it from a plane, as they swoop down onto the runway at Keflavík airport, or through the mist at … More Full steam ahead
SCIENCE Vast bioenergy plantations could suck up carbon and stave off climate change. They would also radically reshape the planet On a sunny day this past October, three dozen people file into a modest, mint-green classroom at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman to glimpse a vision of the future. Some are scientists, but most … More The Carbon Harvest
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN A trove of scientific notes from the early 1900s suggests a warming climate is driving birds to migrate earlier to New York’s Mohonk Preserve. Listen to the podcast at Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.
SCIENCE Human factors may prolong storm-boosting Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation phase Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005, but in some ways, it was long overdue. For decades now, tropical storms have been getting a boost from a powerful but still mysterious long-term cycle in North Atlantic … More How an ocean climate cycle favored Harvey
SCIENCE PODCAST Researcher Elise Amel talks about the ways our brains can work against us when it comes to making sustainable choices, and how to overcome these barriers. Listen to the interview on the Science Podcast.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Starting in the next century, atmospheric carbon levels could begin to approach those of hundreds of millions of years ago, and have their warming effect augmented by a brighter sun. Listen to the podcast at Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.