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Surviving the Anthropocene

For centuries, human civilization has impacted the world without any understanding of the consequences. If anything is going to survive what's coming next, it'll have to adapt. How did we get here? What could happen? What needs to change?

How should we live in the era of climate change?

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Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson speaks about social tipping points, women in climate research, and how to prepare cities for the coming climate crisis

Nadja Oertelt

Wildfires in Canada are burning down forests of mushrooms

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Olivia Box, University of Vermont

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We need genetic engineering to stave off climate change-induced global hunger

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Despite what many say, organic farming will not save us from the worst impacts of climate change

Devang Mehta, University of Alberta

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The US-Mexico border is making life complicated for green sea turtles

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Tim Briggs, Northeastern University

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You're eating, drinking, and breathing microplastics. Now what?

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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There's no corner of the globe safe from microplastic pollution

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Rebecca Dzombak, University of Michigan

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With inspiration from shark skin, redesigned oil tanker hulls could keep the oceans clean

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Safer oil transport through stronger hulls and bio-inspired designs

Patricia Fernandez

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Warming oceans cast a chill over New England's sea turtles

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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How shadowy tax havens skirt conservation efforts

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Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

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Climate change once heated the oceans and caused "The Great Dying"

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This time the planet is warming much, much faster

Elena Suglia, UC Davis

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Ancient plankton have climate data hidden in their shells

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Elisa Bonnin, University of Washington

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These corals love the warming oceans

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Gina Mantica, Tufts University

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Climate is getting more extreme in every possible way

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Coleman Harris, Vanderbilt University

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These unregulated, potentially dangerous chemicals are probably already in your bloodstream

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Researchers have known that there are unsafe compounds in our water for decades, but the government is just starting to catch up

Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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After Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's water quality will go down the toilet

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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It looks like microbes can help clean up mining pollution

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Rose Jones, Bigelow Laboratory of Ocean Science

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Coal ash contains lead, arsenic, and mercury – and it's mostly unregulated

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Laura Mast, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Tracking the history – and future – of the world's largest penguin breeding colony

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Climate change is upending migration patterns that predate Cleopatra

Brittney Borowiec, McMaster University

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How farmers on the Great Plains are changing the local climate

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Ellen Stuart-Haëntjens, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Tropical rainforests may be near a tipping point beyond our control

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Michael Graw, Oregon State University

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Why don't Americans care about chemicals?

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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What Pokémon GO can teach conservationists about public engagement

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In six days, players collected as much data as naturalists had in 400 years

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

Can corals be saved? The key may be in their microbes

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Maite Ghazaleh Bucher, University of Georgia

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Low doses of contaminants, long ignored, can have vast consequences

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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What does California's future look like? Scientists asked trees

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Daniel Ackerman, University of Minnesota

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Shrews change size with the seasons. Could we do it too?

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The environmental case for smaller, more adaptive humans

Jasmin Imran Alsous, Princeton University

Pollution and climate change hurt children most of all

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Renee Salas, Massachusetts General Hospital

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How Saharan dust can influence health all the way in Florida

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Maite Ghazaleh Bucher, University of Georgia

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What ancient corn farmers can teach us about engineering crops for climate change

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Gabriela Serrato Marks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Can Hawaii's waterfall-climbing fish survive when mountain rains change?

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O'opu make extreme treks to breed that depend on stable climate conditions

Alison Nugent, University of Hawaii

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Life is evolving through a hurricane of human pollution

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Brittney Borowiec, McMaster University

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We know how to fight wildfires effectively. Why don't we do it?

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Michael Graw, Oregon State University

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Feeding the world as the climate changes will depend on genetic engineering

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CRISPR and other tech could help us produce more food, but only if we drop the GMO stigma

Jackie Grimm, Princeton University