The Looming El Niño Could Cost the World Trillions of Dollars
Warming waters in the Pacific can trigger droughts, wildfires, and extreme rainfall around the world, potentially leading to $3 trillion in losses in the coming years.
Regulations and Solutions
Hippos Are in Trouble. Will ‘Endangered’ Status Save Them?
Animal welfare groups are pushing the US to restrict the import of hippo parts. But experts argue that that policy is limited, and may even cause harm.
Truckers Are Caught on the Front Line of California’s EV Push
By 2024, trucks bought for use in the state’s ports and rail yards must be zero-emission. The struggle to electrify previews what must happen worldwide.
The Far North Is Burning—and Turning Up the Heat on the Planet
Wildfires and human meddling are transforming the Arctic and its surroundings from a carbon sink into a carbon emitter, exacerbating the climate crisis.
At Last, ‘Ugly’ Sea Lampreys Are Getting Some Respect
Fisheries managers are recognizing the ecological importance of the maligned marine suckers and are stepping up efforts to help their populations recover.
Oceans and Waterways
Primitive Asgard Cells Show Life on the Brink of Complexity
As researchers race to cultivate these intriguing cells from the deep seafloor, the few growing in labs are our best glimpses of the forerunners of complex life.
The Weird Way Australia’s Bushfires Influenced a Weirder La Niña
In 2019 and 2020, the out-of-control blazes sent clouds of smoke across the Pacific, where they brightened clouds and cooled the ocean.
Everyone Was Wrong About Reverse Osmosis—Until Now
A new paper showing how water actually travels through a plastic membrane could make desalination more efficient. That’s good news for a thirsty world.
Max G. Levy
The Harmful Side Effect of Cleaning Up the Ocean
Patches of floating plastic are teeming with life, and cleanup companies hauling trash out of the water risk destroying a marine habitat.
Deadly Heat Threatens the Well-Being of 1 Billion People in India
Increasingly severe heat waves will imperil the country’s development goals, slow economic growth, and heighten health risks, new research shows.
Europe Is Drying Up
After unusually low amounts of rain and snow this winter, the continent faces a severe water shortage.
A Looming El Niño Could Dry the Amazon
When a warm band of water develops in the Pacific, drought grips the rainforest. The Amazon, devastated by deforestation and fires, is especially vulnerable.
The Mesopotamian Marshes Are Disappearing, Again
The World Heritage site in southern Iraq survived Saddam Hussein’s campaign to drain the wetlands. Now they’re drying up, and biodiversity is collapsing.
FEEL THE HEAT
Where to Find the Energy to Save the World
Green Innovation Has a Glamour Problem
Irina V. Wang
In Hot Water
An Ominous Heating Event Is Unfolding in the Oceans
Bad to Worse
As Sea Levels Rise, the East Coast Is Also Sinking
Noah Raford Can Help You Prepare for a Not-So-Nice Future
Gideon Lichfield and Lauren Goode
Forget Cars, Green Hydrogen Will Supercharge Crops
Well, Well, Well
The Massive ‘Batteries’ Hidden Beneath Your Feet
No, Fusion Energy Won’t Be ‘Limitless’
The Race to Decarbonize America Needs More Workers
NASA Is Getting Really Serious About Tracking Air Pollution
America’s Tornadoes Are Evolving, Fast
We ❤️ Hardware
The Arctic’s Permafrost-Obsessed Methane Detectives
One City’s Escape Plan From Rising Seas
Can Burning Man Pull Out of Its Climate Death Spiral?
A Toxic Time Bomb Is Ticking in the Arctic
Washington, DC’s Cherry Blooms Draw Crowds—and Climate Questions
The Chemical Menace Inside Glaciers and Icebergs
California’s Atmospheric Rivers Are Getting Worse
The Fight to Expose Corporations’ Real Impact on the Climate