Pushpam Kumar: Nature is telling us it’s time to build our economy around inclusive wealth

GDP per capita is an inadequate measure of well-being. Now, more than ever, we need to use the Inclusive Wealth Index to do the task.

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Where have all the insects gone?

Bugs aren’t just occasional nuisances, they’re crucial to the environment. Now populations of species worldwide are falling at alarming rates.

The sound of icebergs melting: my journey into the Antarctic

Not long after Antarctica recorded some of its highest-ever temperatures, I joined a group of scientists studying how human activity is transforming the continent.


What are mass extinctions, and what causes them?

In the last 500 million years, life has had to recover from five catastrophic blows. Are humans dealing the planet a sixth?

What we lose when animals go extinct

Animals are disappearing at hundreds of times the normal rate, primarily because of shrinking habitats. Their biggest threat: humans.

The pioneers of the greater Holocene fights the Anthropocene

A new art project asks people to work together to delay the potential new era marked by humanity’s reshaping of the Earth, instead of just accepting that we don’t have much time left.

Forget the Anthropocene: we've entered the synthetic age

From genetically engineered mosquitoes to planetary geoengineering, we’re moving from altering the planet as a side effect to taking control of some of the key physical processes that shape our world.

The cataclysmic break that (maybe) occurred in 1950

Sixty-nine years ago, a new geological era may have begun on Earth.

Surviving climate change means transforming both economics and design

Humankind already has the knowledge to make sustainable and socially just ways of living on this planet possible.


Netflix series Our Planet is the latest bid to spur action on climate change

Executive producer Keith Scholey says he doesn’t believe the planet’s destruction is inevitable, particularly if young people get involved.

Why the “Anthropocene” is not “climate change” and why it matters

“Anthropocene” is a widely proposed name for the geological epoch that covers human impact on our planet. But it is not synonymous with “climate change,” nor can it covered by “environmental…

Max Elder: Why your chicken wings mean we’ve entered a new epoch

Our future in the Anthropocene, the new age now we live in, looks just like the lives of the 66 billion chickens consumed every year: nasty, brutish and short.

TED Talk

TED talk from Katharine Hayhoe: The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it

How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.


'Planet of the chickens': How the bird took over the world

With around 23 billion chickens on the planet, the bird is a symbol of our times, say scientists.
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Climate change will continue to widen gaps in food security, new study finds

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate.

The chemical BPA is widespread on beaches around the world

"When we lie on the beach, we're not only lying on a bed of sand but a bed of plastics."

Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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