How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts

Maybe you live in Ohio, far away from rising seas. Maybe you live in Canada, nowhere near a blazing desert. You might think climate change isn’t your problem, at least not yet. But maybe today we can change your mind.The medical journal The Lancet just released its...

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Teeming off Hawaii’s famous beaches is a complex web of life—sharks, turtles, seabirds—that relies enormously on tiny larval fish, the food for many species. In their first few weeks of existence the larvae are at the mercy of currents, still too puny to get around on...

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

Never before in human history have so many people been victimized by so few. The out-of-control burning of fossil fuels, driven by wanton capitalism, has enriched the upper crust while emperiling not just all of humanity, but life on Earth as we know it. Climate...

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

In what will go down as one of the greatest robotics experiments ever, a few years back researchers in Japan let a robot loose in a mall and watched how kids reacted. Far from the sense of wonder you might expect from children, the mood soured into a sense of concern...

Where Do Hippos Wander? An Aquatic Mystery, Solved

It’d be tough to mistake a hippo for a sensitive type. Weighing more than a Honda Accord and packing massive incisors, it’s one of the most dangerous animals on Earth. But in reality it’s far more vulnerable than it lets on: Habitat loss, climate change, and rampant...