30 Great Articles and Essays about
Essential reading about the effect we're having on the natural world
the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.
Decreasing biological diversity tends to favour adaptable invasive species, like us.
Can a wall of trees stop the Sahara from spreading?
New research suggests that lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic
Climate Change/Global Warming
Runaway global warming looks all but unstoppable. Maybe that’s because we haven’t really tried to stop it.
Climate change in the next century (and beyond) could be enormously disruptive, spreading disease and sparking wars. It could
also be a windfall for some people, businesses, and nations.
Can We Engineer the Climate?
The volcanic ash cloud from Eyjafjallajokull has caused travel chaos and misery. But we were lucky. An eruption in the future
could wipe out the human race.
Disappearing islands, thawing permafrost, melting polar ice. How the earth is changing.
At some point in the nearish future, much of the Maldive Islands will slip beneath the sea. But the country's young president has
an audacious plan: To buy a new homeland for his people.
By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin
In measuring emissions, it's easy to confuse morality and science
Is there a technological solution to global warming?
Confronting the possibility of a global catastrophe.
Want to know what global warming has in store for us? Just go to Australia, where rivers are drying up, reefs are dying, and fires and floods are ravaging the continent
Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is
The journalist’s rule says: follow the money. This rule, however, is not really axiomatic but derivative, in that money is
really a way of tracking energy. We’ll follow the energy.
New technology and a little-known energy source suggest that fossil fuels may not be finite. This would be a miracle—and a
A journalist journeys into the Amazon to find out how hundreds of square miles of surrounding rain forest
became a toxic-waste dump.
Most data centers, by design, consume vast amounts of energy in an incongruously wasteful manner.
To environmentalists, “clean coal” is an insulting oxymoron. But for now, the only way to meet the world’s energy needs, and to
arrest climate change before it produces irreversible cataclysm, is to use coal in more-sustainable ways.
An investigation into fracking’s effects on rivers, streams, drinking water and human health.
Once considered too expensive, as well as too damaging to the land, exploitation of Alberta's oil sands is now a gamble worth billions.
A critical look at mountaintop removal, a destructive form of coal mining that is causing extensive environmental damage in
A tour through the wasteland left behind by fracking
Japan's bizarre dolphin massacre
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A collection of the best political reporting and journalism
Scientists at the International Soil Reference and Information Centre in the Netherlands estimate that humankind has degraded
more than 7.5 million square miles of land, an area the size of the United States and Canada combined.
Environmentalists are once again being murdered, while illegal logging pushes deeper into the world's last great
Cuba has the Caribbean's largest wetlands and earth's happiest lobsters, but is Fortress Fidel really an environmental paradise?
"It's time to decide what we value most."
Nearly every train from Russia brings in just one commodity: wood.
Mato Grosso has seen some of the most rampant deforestation on Earth, with land being cleared in a mad rush to graze cattle and
grow crops — principally soybeans.
Why do America’s leading environmental groups lobby for policies that will lead to the faster death of the rainforests—and
runaway global warming?
Mark Stone watched in alarm as his girlfriend snapped a black bicycle lock around her throat, securing herself to a giant yellow
dump truck. “I don’t think this is a good idea,” Stone told her.
Which environmental problems kill human beings in huge numbers today? Not ozone depletion or Alar. What kills them is dung smoke
We bought everything in cash and in small quantities....
Are we racing to the brink of an abyss, or are we just gathering speed for a take off to a wonderful future?
Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?
On a 10-point scale where good vs. evil is a 4 in terms of difficulty, I’d rate scarcity versus abundance at 8.5.
We’re reaching a technological complexity threshold where hacking is going to be the main mechanism for the further evolution of
Is it possible to make drastic cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions without destroying our economy?
Joseph Longo’s Plasma Converter turns trash into clean energy - and promises to make a relic of the landfill.
A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say
these toxins are causing obesity, infertility…and worse.
On a six-mile stretch of oily, smoky beach, 40,000 men tear apart half of the world’s discarded ships, each one a sump of toxic
Centuries of heedless gorging and historic wastefulness have left us with an intractable environmental problem: What to do with
A trailblazing classic that contributed to a fundamental change in the way we see our environment.
Lessons in environmental responsibility from the failed cilvilsations of the past.