Earth & Energy

As humanity’s impact on the biosphere becomes increasingly profound, the focus on alternative forms of energy intensifies. Simultaneously, scientists and innovators are working to engineer Earth’s weather and modify the environment to recreate the biosphere in a planned, precise way. We’ll follow the cutting-edge research that is leading us into the next age of energy and scrutinize the impact that humanity is having on our Pale Blue Dot.

Today’s Delays in Addressing CO2 Emissions Could Influence Sea Levels for Centuries

This doesn't look good.

February 21, 2018

Losing Biodiversity Could Lead to “Extinction Cascades”

Losing just a single species could create a domino effect.

February 20, 2018

Jellyfish Chips Are the Future of Junk Food

If you can't beat them, eat them.

February 20, 2018

Some of the Ozone Layer Is Still Thinning, Thanks to a Surprise Chemical

The worst thinning is above middle latitudes, where most people on Earth live.

February 19, 2018

Oh, Great: There’s Lots of Mercury in the Thawing Permafrost

Yikes. So what happens when the Alaskan permafrost thaws and all that mercury escapes?

February 19, 2018

The EPA’s Pollution Estimates Are Way Off. That’s Bad News for Our Future.

We've been measuring it all wrong, all along.

February 19, 2018

It’s Great That Supermarkets Are Cutting Plastic Waste. But That’s Not Going to Solve the Problem.

It's just a drop in the ocean. A really, really polluted ocean.

February 19, 2018

Chemicals Like Perfume Produce as Much Air Pollution as Cars

We've improved vehicle emissions, but cars aren't the only source of air pollution.

February 19, 2018

Brilliant Ideas That Buy Us Time Before Cape Town Reaches Day Zero

With water levels dangerously low, even seemingly bizarre concepts are worth considering.

February 19, 2018

Researchers Create Device You Can Charge Just by Moving Your Fingers

“The human body is an abundant source of energy. Why not harness it to produce our own power?"

February 19, 2018
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