Journalist and environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses whether our environmental crisis can be improved under our new political administration, climate change denial, and manifestations of resistance.
Tomorrow night, we denizens of planet Earth will gather with friends and family, or with complete strangers at a bar somewhere, or with a mob of people in an over-crowded and freezing square, or we will stay home alone, taking a bubble bath and with a bottle of wine (or two), and enjoy our solitude because […]
(Dan Weiss is out on tour with his band The Yellow Dress. He’ll be back on August 3rd.) Move over, polar bears: global warming now threatens billionaires’ private islands. You can get Leonardo da Vinci’s Tuscan villa for a measly $15 million. Tourists are annoying, but they spend a lot of money. PBR is officially […]
Invoking his new play, Buzz, Benjamin Kunkel writes in the New Yorker about how “few imaginative writers have dealt with the present-day experience of global warming in a direct and concentrated way” and why this might be the case: If climate change has, to date, proved hard to write about, that’s because it exists for […]
“It could happen again…” There is some evidence that the onset of the end-Triassic mass extinction—which occurred 200 million years ago and wiped out at least half of all living species—may have been much more sudden that previously believed. And the culprit? Something that concerns scientists about today’s rising temperatures: the release of methane in […]
It’s time to release my inner geek. Okay, not so inner. Behold the cannibal galaxy! Triangulum, your day is coming! The nonprofit Solar CITIES is installing solar power systems in the poorest parts of Cairo. Global warming science is complex, and deniers are either co-opted by a dirty energy lobby or just stupid, and this […]
In the months I’ve been the Saturday editor, I’ve noticed that a large number of my links and other posts come from science and technology sources: popular magazines, not hardcore stuff. But I rarely have much more to add to these pieces than “ooh, that’s cool” or “look at this picture.” So I’ve decided to […]
The New York Times this morning had an interesting story — the third in a series about stopgap measures that could limit global warming — about Bus Rapid Transit lines. BRT lines are wide, sealed-off lanes dedicated to large buses, but like subway trains, the vehicles only stop at stations with faregates. Where they have […]