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Let’s Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet

Let’s Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet

When New York City passed an aggressive set of greenhouse-gas-limiting laws in April, the buzz was, rightly, about the ambition of America’s biggest city putting a lid on its climate-changing ways. New York state has picked up the banner, too, putting into law this week […]

Hospitals Aren’t Ready for a Mass Casualty Wildfire

Hospitals Aren’t Ready for a Mass Casualty Wildfire

Of all the wildfires that ravaged California in 2018, the Camp Fire was the deadliest. It tore through the mountain town of Paradise and killed at least 85 people, destroying the local Feather River Hospital along the way—so just as emergency services were trying to […]

Cold War Spy Photos Show How Fast Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting

Cold War Spy Photos Show How Fast Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting

During the height of the Cold War, a telescope-shaped American spy satellite code-named Hexagon circled the globe snapping high-resolution photographs of forests, mountains, and perhaps a few Russian military bases. From time to time, the satellite would eject metal canisters containing the film of the […]

The Midwest’s Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

The Midwest’s Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

The flooding that devastated the Midwest this spring damaged infrastructure and prevented farmers from getting crops planted on time. Though scientists can’t say if one storm or one wet season is the result of climate change, so far this year’s heavy rains are a perfect […]

Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals

Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals

Satellites measure the health of planet Earth by bouncing signals off a patch of ocean, ice sheet, or rainforest and discerning digital vital signs upon their return. But a new cluster of satellites will harness the global positioning system to help predict weather patterns, long-term […]

The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change

The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change

Amanda Little is the author of the new book The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. She recently sat down with me at Betaworks to discuss lab-grown meat, GMOs, and why we need to really think through how technology […]

More Scientists Now Think Geoengineering May Be Essential

More Scientists Now Think Geoengineering May Be Essential

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Once seen as spooky sci-fi, geoengineering to halt runaway climate change is now being looked at with growing urgency. A spate of dire scientific warnings that the world community […]

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

In January, climate change claimed its first corporate victim. Facing billions in liabilities after contributing to some of California’s deadliest and most devastating wildfires, PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This spring, flooding in the Midwest ruined fields, grain silos, and infrastructure. The agriculture […]

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

What if Texas oilmen (oilfolks?) could save the planet from climate change? Hardy-har-har. Given that the Lone Star State ranks sixth in heat-trapping carbon emissions worldwide, just behind Germany and ahead of South Korea, the idea sounds pretty far-fetched. But some recent developments have made […]

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

California’s Monterey Bay is one of the more pure, more dynamic coastal ecosystems on Earth. Otters—once hunted nearly to extinction—float among towering kelp forests, which themselves have rebounded thanks to the booming otter population’s appetite for kelp-loving sea urchins. Great whites visit from time to […]