Climate Change

The widening of the canal has exposed a trove of fossils, including megalodon teeth.

A New Opportunity at the Panama Canal

The ongoing expansion of the waterway has given Smithsonian researchers a chance to find new fossils

A study indicates that global yields of crops such as wheat and corn may already be affected by climate change.

10 Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since Last Earth Day

We recap the most surprising, awe-inspiring and alarming things that we have learned about the Earth and the environment since last year's holiday

Outdoor ice skating is deeply ingrained in Canadian culture.

Climate Change’s Latest Victim: Ice Hockey

For outdoor ice rinks, hockey season has gotten shorter in the past 50 years

Ice cores from a lake in Norway. Image from Science/AAAS

Trees Weathered the Ice Age

Pine and spruce trees managed to survive in certain spots in Scandinavia, according to DNA analyses

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Svalbard Global Seed Vault Turns Four

Four years ago this week, researchers opened the "Doomsday Vault" to store frozen seeds in case of disaster

The Islamic Empire (top) and Baghdad (bottom), circa 770-910 AD

Arabic Manuscripts: It Used To Snow in Iraq

Baghdad was the bustling capital of the vast Islamic Empire a thousand years ago, when the city's climate was much different than today

The winged albatross

The Wandering Albatross and Global Warming

The giant oceanic birds are producing more and plumper chicks, at least for now

Aspen trees in Colorado

What Was Killing the Aspens?

Scientists determine it was lack of water, not food, that was responsible for sudden aspen decline

A map of extreme weather events in the United States, January to October 2011

Visualizing a Year of Extreme Weather

The United States has seen thousands of weather records broken this year

A marine sea slug

Ocean Creatures In A Warmer World

A new study finds that some marine organisms may have to move fast if they want to survive climate change

A nearly dry horseshoe lake at Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

Scene From A Drought

A trip to Texas shows the unexpected consequences of a severe drought

A false-color image of flooding in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand’s Flooding, As Seen From Space

Bangkok residents have to avoid the crocodiles let loose by the flood


The Overwhelming Data We Refuse To Believe

Another study finds the planet has warmed, but that won't convince the skeptics

Could climate change (a drought in Tanzania) spark a violent conflict?

Does Climate Change Cause War?

The issue is more complex than recent headlines have indicated


There’s a Drought—Is It Climate Change?

Despite the heat waves across the country, no one is screaming "climate change is real" because of them. Why?

Still from Cars 2

Top Ten Kids’ Movies With a Green Theme

Loggers, hunters, developers, fishers, polluters and whalers are the evil villains in this movie genre

Trees grow at high elevations in the Rockies, fed by melting snow.

Rocky Mountains Losing Their Snow

A new study finds an unprecedented decline in snowpack in the West

The Great Barrier Reef

Ocean Acidification and the Battle Between Coral and Seaweed

Ocean acidification creates plenty of potential problems for life in the oceans, but corals might have it the worst


An Arctic Ozone Hole?


Five Reasons Anti-Evolution Measures are a Bad Idea

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