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There Was Another Earthquake in Mexico. Is the World Ending?

The past month has been a mind-bending litany of natural disasters. First, Hurricane Harvey swamped Houston. Then Mexico experienced a massive earthquake, an 8.2 magnitude shock to the southern state of Chiapas (the quake primarily happened in the Pacific, which limited damage). Show More Summary

Hunger and Obesity Can Be Two Sides of the Same Coin

The takeaway from this year’s United Nations report on food security around the globe is bleak—after a decade of declining, hunger is up, with almost 40 million more people estimated to be going hungry in 2016 than in 2015. Throughout...Show More Summary

Irma May Have Been the Bigger Storm, but the Damage From Harvey’s Storm Surge Will Last for Years

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma are the only Category 4 Atlantic storms to ever hit the United States in the same year—let alone the same two weeks. Their landfalls turned the past few weeks into an emotional maelstrom of displacement, property damage, and conversations about climate change. Show More Summary

Oregonians Are Unreasonably Furious at the Teen Who Started a Forest Fire

Last week, Portland, Oregon, stayed inside. Ash blanketed the city. The Columbia River Gorge billowed smoke that cloaked the state with air that was barely fit to breathe. The Eagle Creek Fire is just one of a dozen wildfires burning in Oregon, but people here are heartbroken over the devastation of this iconic spot. Show More Summary

Measuring the Mizzou Effect

Washington’s Evergreen State College, where raucous student protests and disturbing threats of violence made national headlines this spring, has fallen several million dollars in the hole, according to a recent memo from its public administrators. Show More Summary

In Defense of the TV Reporter Standing Outside During a Hurricane

If you watched just about any TV news coverage of Hurricane Irma, you saw a familiar scene: the beleaguered on-air reporter standing outside, jaw set, eyes squinched, braving the buffeting rain and winds all in the name of bringing you...Show More Summary

The Judicial Branch Is Our Best Hope for Climate Action Under Trump

It’s been a rough few months for anyone who cares about substantive action on climate change—we’re out of the Paris Agreement, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is reassessing the science on climate change, we’re recommitting to coal. Show More Summary

It Doesn’t Matter if Climate Change Caused Irma and Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was an aberration, a storm that delivered such an unprecedented amount of rain that it left meteorologists without words. It broke records and forced us to make new colors for our precipitation maps. It has killed 70 people so far. And it is already happening again. Show More Summary

Why Are FEMA’s Flood Maps So Horribly Flawed?

Last week, Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston. The scale of the tragedy shocked even the National Weather Service. But perhaps the most shocked set of people is the 40 to 50 percent of Houstonians who live outside Federal...Show More Summary

The Bush Torture Scandal Isn’t Over

In June, a little-known academic journal called Teaching of Psychology published an article about the American Psychological Association’s role in the U.S. government’s war on terror and the interrogation of military detainees. Mitchell...Show More Summary

Grandma Shivered, Dogs Barked, Totality Arrived

We traveled 2,880 miles—from our home in New York’s Hudson Valley to the desert of central Oregon—to experience totality with our extended family. At 6 a.m., 11 of us ranging in age from 1 to 75 piled into three cars and caravanned 60 miles south from our Airbnb home in The Dalles. Show More Summary

Is Science Broken?

Two years ago this month, news of the replication crisis reached the front page of the New York Times. “Psychology’s Fears Confirmed: Rechecked Studies Don’t Hold Up,” read the A1 headline on the morning of Aug. 28, 2015. The journal...Show More Summary

A Brief History of Eclipse Glasses and the People Who Forgot to Wear Them

We know intuitively that staring at the sun is a bad idea, because every time we do it, our eyes water and start to burn. “Solar retinopathy,” the formal name for the damage, occurs when ultraviolet light floods the retina, scarring your eyes with something akin to sunburn. Show More Summary

The Monuments Trump Doesn’t Support

On Twitter on Thursday morning, I came across two very different points about two different sets of American monuments. The first tweet came from the president, addressing the Confederate monuments that still stand in so many American cities. Show More Summary

How to Watch the Eclipse if You Totally Forgot About It

On Monday, as you might have heard, the first total solar eclipse in more than a century will be visible in North America. Across a wide swath of the country, the moon will block out the sun, creating an awe-inspiring near-three minutes of total darkness and incredible views. Show More Summary

Scorpions Have Been Maligned in the Trump Era

The analogy of scorpions in a bottle is perhaps most politically famous for its utility in explaining the dynamics of a nuclear standoff. Physicist Robert Oppenheimer famously invoked it in his 1953 warning: The United States and the...Show More Summary

Stop Equating “Science” With Truth

It’s 2017, and people are still debating whether or not women are intellectually inferior to men, and whether we are entitled to a workplace that isn’t toxic to people simply based on their gender and sex. The Google employee memo about...Show More Summary

How My Costa Rican Neighbors Jolted Me Out of Climate Activist Apathy

When my family moved from Maine to a mountain in Costa Rica for a year, we discovered a tropical wonderland—a dense forest covered by a protective blanket of clouds and adorned with woody vines, wild orchids, 15-foot tree ferns, and exotic wildlife. Show More Summary

Climate Change’s Heat Waves Will Particularly Threaten Minorities and the Poor

This story was originally published on the Conversation and has been republished here with permission. Last week’s record-setting heat in the Pacific Northwest and current triple-digit temperatures in Arizona are the latest reminders that climate change is heating up the Earth. Show More Summary

Prepare to Be Awed

When humans first witnessed solar eclipses, they did not know what to think. In South America, they believed giant jaguars were chasing and catching the sun. In Scandinavia, it was demon sky wolves. In ancient Hindu mythology, the darkness was caused by the god Rahu devouring the orb. Show More Summary

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