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Category: Environment

The Transition to Clean Energy

On August 16, 2022, American President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The IRA is the most meaningful climate bill ever passed in the US It has the potential to significantly […]

Climate of Optimism

The swiftness of action to halt and reverse the climate crisis will be stunning. And it gives me hope. Last summer, I posted a simple comment on Twitter that (as the kids say) blew up, […]

Can a Planet Have a Mind of Its Own?

“We don’t yet have the ability to communally respond in the best interests of the planet. There is intelligence on Earth, but there isn’t planetary intelligence.” If the collective activity of life—known as the biosphere—can […]

Animals Laugh Too

Every pet owner knows that animals love to play, but laughter seems reserved for humans, a few apes, and maybe a few birds good at mimicking humans and apes. As it turns out, according to […]

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The competition, which is in its 57th year, awards 19 categories of wildlife photography, including behaviour, photojournalism, and portraiture. This year, the competition received 50,000 entries from photographers around the world. Judges looked for innovation, […]

The Best ‘Mascot’ for Long-Term Thinking?

Spend enough time in long-termist circles, and somebody will tell you a story about trees. What is it about trees and long-term thinking? There are plenty of inert objects that last beyond our lifetimes and […]

The Jungle Megacities of Cambodia

How Early Megacities Emerged From the Jungles of Cambodia and how instability, climate, and neglect drove their slow collapse. When I arrived in Phnom Penh during Cambodia’s dry season in January, I stumbled through the […]

Plants may Possess Intent

Research suggests that at least one type of plant – the french bean – may be more sentient than we give it credit for: namely, it may possess intent. The issue of whether or not […]

The Top Five Climate Stories of 2020

From raging wildfires to a pending shift on U.S. climate action, the year was a notable one for climate change. Though the coronavirus pandemic has been a defining story of 2020, the year has been […]

Has China Mastered Weather Modification?

Using rockets and pickup trucks, Chinese officials are seeding clouds and bringing the rain. Last month, 16 “artificial rain enhancement rockets” were launched off the back of a pickup truck 300 miles south of Beijing. […]

The Great Conjunction of 2020

On December 21 — coincidentally the winter solstice — the two largest planets in our solar system will appear to almost merge in Earth’s night sky. During the event, Jupiter and Saturn will sit just […]

The Social Life of Forests

Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another? Now a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, Simard, who is 60, has […]

The New Energy Giants

Enel, Iberdrola, NextEra Energy and Orsted prioritized the building of clean-power plants when those assets were alternative and expensive. Now they’re on the cusp of a breakthrough. Meet the clean supermajors. They have the clout […]

How Localisation Can Solve Climate Change

Visions of a globalised future with renewable energy are wholly unrealistic unless we change the economy. The general consensus seems to be that the problem of climate change is just a question of replacing one […]