What science and democracy have in common: Us, hopefully

Science, like democracy, is a social process that relies upon a shared commitment to underlying principles. And like democracy, it collapses if enough of the participants decide they don’t want to play by the rules any more.
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US courts accept climate science. Can Trump and McConnell undo that?

Courts in recent years have reached a consensus that humans are warming the climate, but Trump’s effort to appoint a record number of judges may threaten that.

How to explain climate change? With comic books.

Climate change seems to be a problem almost designed to defy our understanding. We are not good at dealing with intangible entities, and in climate change both causes and effects remain mostly invisible in our daily lives. But comics can make the invisible visible, and tell human stories.

A rare species of tree was saved from Australia's wildfires. And something else happened

A coalition of firefighters and others saved some of the world’s most endangered trees from being consumed by wildfire in Australia—or “Oz,” as locals call their country. What could we learn from this?

Climate finance: Is BlackRock going green? Or greenwashing?

Is it real change, or the latest in greenwashing? Either way, it could be argued that it’s a good sign for the climate.

Declining US greenhouse gas emissions: a Republican fairy tale

A prominent Republican climate strategist claims the Trump administration is reducing US greenhouse gas emissions. That’s 180 degrees wrong.

Jump-starting the fight against climate change: The courts

Legal judgments can sharply motivate government agencies, business leaders, and professionals to rethink how they do business.

Peter Gleick: Climate change and the Titanic

"Don't worry, there are no climate changes ahead. Full speed ahead." A tongue-in-cheek (?) scenario.

Dana Nuccitelli: Millions of times later, 97 percent climate consensus still faces denial

Just like the argument about whether the Earth is round or flat, the science of climate change is settled, with 97 percent of researchers agreeing that our climate crisis is largely manmade. So why do so many members of the American public think the expert consensus is much lower?

Faith, farmers, and climate action

Could America’s farmers—a demographic seen as religious and conservative—be a secret weapon in the climate fight?

The smelly side of climate change

Rising sea levels, heavier rainfalls, and declining snow cover are causing a shitload of problems for wastewater treatment.

Best columns of 2018

Our regular contributors on artificial intelligence, climate change, North Korea, disinformation, biosecurity, nuclear waste, and more.

Nuclear power plant of the future?

Russia’s floating power plant could help nuclear energy sink or swim.

Global heat wave: an epic TV news fail

This month's scorching heat wave broke records around the world. The Algerian city of Ouargla, with a population of half a million, had a temperature of 124.3 degrees Fahrenheit on July 6, the hottest reliably measured temperature on record in Africa.

Approving the climate security agenda

While Donald Trump made headlines overseas this week, the UN Security Council quietly talked climate change for the third time in its history.
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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