Wildlife Is Making a Comeback at Chernobyl — Now That People Have Left

The accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 had a devastating impact on the local population and forced 116,000 people to permanently leave their homes. But now researchers have discovered that, while the people may not have returned, the contaminated area of Belarus is teeming with wild animals,… »10/06/15 6:15amTuesday 6:15am

We Could Have Discovered Climate Change As Early As the 1940s if We Had Just Looked

The signs of global warming are hitting us over the head today — if you’ll remember, the fire and drought-ridden summer of 2015 was the also hottest in recorded history — but how long has our planet actually been feeling the heat? In parts of the tropics, anthropogenic climate change has been tinkering with the… »9/22/15 5:35pm9/22/15 5:35pm

How Plants and Animals Would Colonise an Ice-Free Antarctica

Antarctica’s ice sheets could totally collapse if the world’s fossil fuels are burnt off, according to a recent climate change simulation. While we are unlikely to see such a dramatic event any time soon, we are already observing big changes and it’s worth considering what the worst case scenario might look like for… »9/16/15 4:00am9/16/15 4:00am

Snakes in Costa Rica Bite People More Often During El Niño Years

Snakes, like other reptiles, rely on the environment around them to regulate their body temperature, and that makes them very sensitive to temperature fluctuations like those brought by El Niño. Changes in the weather can change snakes’ activity levels, their distribution, and their foraging habits in ways that may… »9/13/15 3:39pm9/13/15 3:39pm

Humans Have Eliminated Half the World's Trees

Human beings are having an overwhelming impact on Earth’s ecosystems, whether we’re pouring plastic into the ocean or filling the skies with carbon. But it’s not just modern society that’s to blame — our environmental legacy stretches way back into history. Since dawn of civilization, we’ve caused nearly half of the… »9/02/15 3:30pm9/02/15 3:30pm

French Design Firms Imagine An Arcology In The Sahara

French architectural design firms Nicholas Laisné Associés and OXO Architectes have put together a concept for a massive arcology for the Saharan desert. The La Tour des Sables would be a self contained city that rises 1,400 feet above the ground, and would be contain living, agricultural and working units. »7/27/15 12:41am7/27/15 12:41am