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Paul Christensen: Three Cheers for Autumn

I woke up this morning to a chill in the air. I closed the bedroom windows and shivered into my clothes, then hurried down to the kitchen to consult the … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jessica Corbett: After 175 Years, Scientific American Backs Biden With Magazine’s First-Ever Endorsement

With unprecedented wildfires burning across western states, the Gulf Coast bracing for a hurricane, and the coronavirus pandemic still raging, Scientific American on Tuesday gave Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden its first-ever endorsement in the magazine’s 175-year history.

September 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Weil: The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown has a few things to say about the state’s converging apocalypses.

September 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Svoboda: Extolling the Virtues of the Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle

In “Civilized to Death,” Christopher Ryan argues that our nomadic ancestors were better off than we are today.

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Adès: Premonitions of Catastrophe

This was not the burning of witches or heretics
but the burning of a continent

July 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

M.A. Sinnhuber: In this Time

propel yourself forward—
as in airplane force
or Air Force or forceps
forcing a baby to be born

June 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gaby Garcia: Heat

When the world burns, we will be like the women
of Pompeii who left their bread loaves to bake—
our laundry mid-cycle, newspapers turned
to the op-eds, windows open to catch a breeze.

June 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: In Memoriam | A Planet of Missing Beauties

For those I’ll be leaving behind, my children and grandchildren in particular, this just wasn’t the world I ever wanted them to inherit.

March 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

Jessica Corbett: Global Green New Deal Supporters Urge World Leaders to Learn From Coronavirus to Tackle Climate Crisis

This is a moment when we can implement measures to help boost the economy, create jobs, and build climate resilience.

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tim Radford: Rising Tides Will Displace Millions

An estimated 13 million US citizens could some time in this century become climate refugees, driven from their seaside homes by sea level rise of possibly 1.8 meters, according to new research.

March 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Walter Bargen: Which brings us to one certainty. . .

can you tell me the colors
sweeping the sky this evening,
can you tell me exactly the volcanic-ash
effects, the drought and dust effects,
the shift of light along the spectrum

January 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Korten: The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

Humanity is reawakening to a basic truth understood by earlier humans, by many Indigenous people today, and now confirmed by the leading scientists: We are born of and members of a living Earth community.

January 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Nick Engelfried: How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

From the rise of organizations like Zero Hour to Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, the youth climate movement is only just getting started.

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Life Enhancing

Allowing the seas to recover from the outrageous assaults of commercial fishing can help heal our own wounded lives.

January 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

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