A new study finds that some marine organisms may have to move fast if they want to survive climate change
November 18, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
A trip to Texas shows the unexpected consequences of a severe drought
November 15, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Bangkok residents have to avoid the crocodiles let loose by the flood
November 04, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Another study finds the planet has warmed, but that won't convince the skeptics
October 24, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The issue is more complex than recent headlines have indicated
September 01, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Thomas Jefferson and Noah Webster argue over conventional wisdom that lasted thousands of years
July 15, 2011 | By Joshua Kendall
Despite the heat waves across the country, no one is screaming "climate change is real" because of them. Why?
July 14, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Loggers, hunters, developers, fishers, polluters and whalers are the evil villains in this movie genre
June 24, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki
A new study finds an unprecedented decline in snowpack in the West
June 10, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Ocean acidification creates plenty of potential problems for life in the oceans, but corals might have it the worst
May 17, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
When you hear the term "ozone hole" you think about the ozone depletion over Antarctica, and how people in the far south of the Southern Hemisphere have to protect themselves from the Sun. It's why my friends have to buy hats for their little girl and slather her with sunblock every time she goes o...
April 06, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
In 1925, John Scopes, a high school biology teacher, was put on trial in Tennessee for having the audacity to teach evolution to his students. In the 21st century, teachers don't have to worry about being arrested for teaching this fundamental topic in science, and the Supreme Court declared teachi...
April 04, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The year 2010 may have had a La Niña and little solar activity—two factors that help to cool the planet—but it was record breaker for heat, tying 2005 as the hottest year on record. Record-setting or near-record-setting years are now common; after 2010 and 2005 comes 2009, virtually tied with 1998,...
February 18, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
If only global warming were as simple as that term implies. Temperatures would increase at a steady rate around the globe, winters would become milder, snow less common. The only victims would be ski slopes and polar bears.But climate change—the preferred term for our global phenomenon—is messier. ...
February 03, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Even in our modern age, humans are incredibly vulnerable to changes in weather and climate. And earlier in human history, we were even more so. Even the Romans, who managed to build monuments, roads and aqueducts that still stand today, weren't immune, according to a new study published last week b...
January 18, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Is your office rather empty this week? Looking for something to read to fill the time? How about some great science and nature stories from Smithsonian? Here are my ten favorites from the past year:The Truth About Lions (January): Staff writer Abigail Tucker visits Craig Packer, who has been runnin...
December 28, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
In 2007, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey said that if humans didn't do anything to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, two-thirds of the world's polar bears could be gone by the middle of this century. Now a new study has addressed the next question: Is there still time to help the bears? T...
December 17, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
We're losing species at an alarming pace. The current rate of loss has been estimated to be 100 to 1,000 times the background extinction rate, and that's expected to rise by a factor of 10 to 100 over the next 50 years. But if simple disappearance isn't enough to get you worried, a new study in Nat...
December 06, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
What happens to old lab notebooks and other records of scientific data? It's still useful, though not so much so when it's molding away in a box at the bottom of a closet. But now a group of scientists who recently met at the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) conference is start...
November 08, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
It's easy to ignore climate change, to say it's not a problem. Or, at least, it's not my problem.That’s not because climate change isn’t happening or because humans aren’t responsible for it—the excuses for non-action given by many people. In truth, Americans can ignore climate change because, for ...
October 27, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski