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Driving Nepal

Driving Nepal

Underlying the concern about Nepal’s runaway road construction is the impact of opening up large, relatively unspoiled regions of the Himalayan nation to development.

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Hellfire Badgers

Hellfire Badgers

You can tell if a sett is active by placing twigs over the opening during the day and seeing whether the twigs have been moved during the night.

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What I’M Eating

What I’M Eating

Hi. I am a popular novelist, and these are my thoughts about global warming. I grew up in a major East Coast city or perhaps some lesser, sadder place that I’ve built a relatively successful

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When Two Deaths Go to War

When Two Deaths Go to War

In January 2019, climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech at the World Economic Forum, warning the audience that ‘financial success come with an unthinkable price tag’

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Consuming Climate Change

Consuming Climate Change

Companies compete for consumers via the aesthetic presentation of their packaging. One type of water, for example, advertises itself as ‘artisan’ and includes a bright pink flower on the plastic wraps of its twelve packs.

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Driven. Or Not

Driven. Or Not

In 1995, comedian Denis Leary recorded a track called “Asshole,” a song about an all-American guy who likes “football and porno and books about war.”

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Change the Moral Climate

Change the Moral Climate

The U.S. now has two coal-burning power plants that avoid dumping carbon dioxide into the air.

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XR Inductions

XR Inductions

Monday is the first springlike day after a long stretch of drear, and in true mad-dogs-and-Englishmen style massive crowds are out to greet the midday sun. Swaddled in scaffolding, Big Ben is unrecognizable as it towers above the protests below.

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Sand in Your Trade

Sand in Your Trade

Oil and sand are not often commodities conjoined in discussions of global trade. The first is the motive engine of industry and transportation, fuel for heating and illumination, the spirit that animates much global politics.

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Next week: will a boy ever be born who can swim faster than a shark?

Next week: will a boy ever be born who can swim faster than a shark?

Living in the Canadian Rockies allows me ample opportunities to get out into nature. In an hour outside the city, I can be within wilderness, with no cellphone reception and no other humans.

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WANTED: Planeteers

WANTED: Planeteers

From the moment that a light gets turned on in the morning, every action of a Western life uses energy. Its easy availability—thanks largely to the so-called fossil fuels—gave us modernity...

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Bolsonaro and Amazonian Deforestation

Bolsonaro and Amazonian Deforestation

With Bolsonaro’s ascension, Brazil — home to the largest rainforest in the world — is facing an “Apocalypse Now” moment for the Amazon. When he takes office...

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Summer Ice

Summer Ice

Since 1980, computer models have been predicting that a rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide will cause the Arctic to warm twice as fast as areas at lower latitudes...

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Contesting Coyote Contests

Contesting Coyote Contests

Coyote killing competitions, where contestants vie to shoot the most animals, are held throughout the U.S. But some hunting groups are denouncing these events as unethical, and states from New Mexico to New York are considering bans on these and other wildlife killing contests...

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Icy Fossil Poetry

Icy Fossil Poetry

Language bends and buckles under pressure of climate change. Take the adjective ‘glacial’. I recently came across an old draft of my PhD dissertation on which my advisor had scrawled the rebuke: ‘You’re proceeding at a glacial pace. You’re skating on thin ice.’

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Once you flip to the urchin barren state…

Once you flip to the urchin barren state…

In eastern Tasmania, sea surface temperatures have increased at four times the average global rate, according to Johnson, who along with colleague Scott Ling has closely studied the region’s kelp forest losses.

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Wanted: Camaraderie and Purpose

Wanted: Camaraderie and Purpose

We are, one hears, spending too much time on Appalachia. There are too many dispatches from woebegone towns...

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Hoary-Headed Frosts

Hoary-Headed Frosts

As climatologists define it, the Little Ice Age was a long-term cooling of the Northern Hemisphere between 1300 and 1850...

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Before and After Fossil Fuels

Before and After Fossil Fuels

Every round-trip ticket on flights from New York to London, keep in mind, costs the Arctic three more square meters of ice.

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