During mid-February, a warm breeze rushes by instead of an expected snow flurry. It should be no surprise that human activities – such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation – are partially to blame for increasingly warm temperatures.
In the wake of international commitments to a greener future at COP21, debates are raging across the globe over what environmentalism is worth to a population. Accurate economic quantifications are crucial to informed decisions, and researchers are responding to the call for a new methodology of valuing natural assets.
Are we living in a sixth mass extinction? Maybe not. But we might be able to define modern ecological crises by looking at fossil records and how rare species are today, according to researchers at Yale, Vanderbilt, and the Smithsonian Institution.
If you are celebrating the warmer temperatures and uncharacteristic winters, thank El Niño. If you’re complaining about the cancellation of your skiing and snow tubing trips, blame El Niño. The force behind the odd weather, El Niño is an aberration
Despite their rarity, giant icebergs in the Southern Ocean significantly contribute to the reduction of atmospheric carbon by stimulating phytoplankton blooms.
Though we have always known that plants are vital to maintaining good health and preventing diseases, only recently have scientists begun to uncover the mystery and promise lying within their leafy tendrils. Yale professor Nicole Clay and her team of
Racing Extinction illuminates the majesty and beauty of nature, and exposes the detrimental effect that humans are having on this beauty. The film inspires viewers into action and sets a hopeful tone for the future of the planet.
New fossil evidence of ancient angiosperms explains how tiny embryos facilitated seed dormancy, allowing these plants to survive in harsh climates.
What eats leaves, transforms into a butterfly, and contains wasp genes in its genome? Discover exactly how the caterpillar became a natural GMO and why modern technology is changing the face of evolutionary research.
In 2006, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) started the billion trees campaign with the goal of planting — you guessed it — one billion trees around the world. Plant for the Planet, which inherited the campaign, wanted to know