"Ya Ever Feel Like Galileo?" Highlights from a U.S. Climate Hearing

This is one of the greatest/saddest highlight reels I’ve ever seen from a U.S. government hearing on climate change. Last week, the Committee on National Resources got experts and politicians together to explore whether climate change and carbon emissions should be considered “environmental impacts” in federal… » 5/21/15 11:15am Thursday 11:15am

How to Use Instagram to Track Climate Change

In Los Angeles, the transition from spring to summer is heralded by the blooming of jacarandas, a photogenic tree that explodes in bright lavender fireworks and sprinkles flowers across the city like purple rain. But as I Instagrammed my sneakers against the rubbery petals the other week, I had a nagging feeling—this… » 5/01/15 11:00am 5/01/15 11:00am

Tokyo Has the Largest Underground Water Tank in the World

This enormous, cathedral-like building is the main water tank of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel facility in Kasukabe City, 19 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, which is one of the most famous water infrastructure complex in the world, and also the world’s largest underground flood diversion… » 4/10/15 9:00pm 4/10/15 9:00pm

When an Iceberg the Size of a Country Breaks Free, What Happens?

You never forget the first time you see an iceberg. The horizon of a ship at sea is a two dimensional space and to see a three dimensional piece of ice appear in the ocean is quite something. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small. Most icebergs that make it far enough north from Antarctica… » 3/27/15 4:30am 3/27/15 4:30am

9 Dumb Quotes About Science From Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz wants to be president. The Tea Party politician announced his candidacy in front of a crowd of Liberty University students—who were required to show up. But let's not forget presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the same science-doubting, climate change denier he's always been. He just has a bigger soapbox. » 3/23/15 6:00pm 3/23/15 6:00pm

Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below

File this under, "Welp, this is worse than we thought." A study published in Nature Geoscience finds that warm seawater is likely getting under an East Antarctica glacier and melting it from below. If the glacier's ice shelf melts, runway melting could cause another 11 feet of sea-level rise—that's on top of… » 3/17/15 8:20pm 3/17/15 8:20pm

Top Predators May Be the Most Important Animals on Earth

Humans have always had a complicated relationship with other predators. Grizzly bears, crocodiles, great white sharks—these are among our planet's most awe-inspiring creatures. Still, we'd never want these deadly animals in our backyards. But new scientific evidence suggests that we need them far more than we realized. » 3/09/15 12:30pm 3/09/15 12:30pm

Florida's Environmental Strategy: Banning The Phrase "Climate Change"

The devastating effects of rising sea levels are well-documented in Florida, but officials in the state's Department of Environmental Protection are ordered against using the terms "climate change," "global warming," or "sustainability" in any official communications or documents. » 3/09/15 5:51am 3/09/15 5:51am