Johan Rockström says humanity has already raced past four of the nine boundaries keeping our planet hospitable to modern life. Writer John Carey digs into the theory — and why Rockström says his isn’t, actually, a doomsday message.
“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.” Climate week is over, but climate change rolls on. What does global weirding mean for the global South? 3 ideas behind the news.
In Africa, ebola has already killed hundreds and sickened more than a thousand people so far this year — and the pandemic continues to spread into new countries. When did the current outbreak begin? Why can’t it be stopped? How much should you freak out? 3 ideas behind the week’s headlines.
Known as the “doomsday vault,” the Global Seed Vault on the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, is built to protect the world’s seed diversity from natural disasters and warfare. We talked to its mastermind, Cary Fowler, who is in the strange position of hoping his life’s work is never used.
In March, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report on “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.” It was studded with dense, impenetrable charts, so we asked some of the report’s authors to help make their graphics meaningful for the people who are affected by climate change. You know — everyone.
Named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine in 2008, Kim Stanley Robinson writes books that offer a twisted take on how life might be for future generations of humans (and the non-humans we will likely evolve to be). Here, read an excerpt from his novel 2312, which describes Earth of 300 years from now, long after clean tech failed to save us.