Nature

From the polar ice caps to tropical rainforests, the Earth is dramatically altered as a result of climate change. Explore the latest research and discussions concerning our natural world. 

3 days 12 hours ago

It's becoming increasingly clear that all the renewable energy deployment we can muster isn't going to be enough to keep us below 2 degrees C warming. In addition to turning off the carbon emission spigot, we have to be draining more carbon from the atmosphere, especially through soils.  So this story from Thompson Reuters Foundation is particularly good news:

6 days 5 hours ago

What are the most important things -- or the most practical, or the highest impact -- that we can do to prevent catastrophic climate change?

It turns out that many have little or nothing to do with renewable energy, high tech and massive infrastructure projects.

The single most impactful solution? Around the world, educate girls and give them access to family planning.

6 days 7 hours ago

Just finished J Purdy’s After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene – which makes clear that a sharp distinction between humans and “nature” is no longer useful or accurate. 

2 months 2 weeks ago

PHOTO: N. WATSON AND L. THOMPSON, MIT

Penny Chrisholm is an expert on Prochlorococcus. In fact, MIT’s professor of Biological Oceanography has dedicated the last 30 years of the career to researching this incredible microbe.

2 months 2 weeks ago

The effects of short-term greenhouse gases will cause sea-levels to rise for centuries after they have cleared from the atmosphere, says new research.
The research conducted by MIT and Simon Fraser University has found that even if carbon emissions were to cease entirely, the effects on sea-levels and atmospheric warming would continue for over 1,000 years.