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 ***Finalist for the 2019 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union.*** 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 … 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.
SCIENCE PODCAST Researcher Caitlin Hicks Pries discusses her study on the response of soil carbon to a warming world. Listen to the interview on the Science Podcast.
Researchers used ancient climate cycles to confirm the solar system’s chaotic planetary orbits. An Earth–Mars collision is one distant outcome. Listen to the podcast at Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.
Forecasts of moisture conduits could aid water managers California has no mighty rivers like the Mississippi, but rivers of a kind are flooding the state. Since the new year, more than a meter of precipitation has fallen in some places, unleashing floods, triggering landslides, and, last week, bringing the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam, … More California rains put spotlight on atmospheric rivers
NATURE Researchers look into the future of the far North for clues to save species and maybe even bring back sea ice. As the Arctic slipped into the half-darkness of autumn last year, it seemed to enter the Twilight Zone. In the span of a few months, all manner of strange things happened. The cap … More After the ice goes