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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?

Polar bear numbers are rising in a once too-frigid Arctic basin

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Thick Arctic ice is melting into conditions better suited to life. But the region's warming is trending towards trouble

Julie Hollis, Government of Greenland

How rare 'derecho' thunderstorms wreak havoc across the US

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An atmospheric scientist explains these dangerous storm systems

Russ Schumacher, Colorado State University

Albatrosses can spy on illegal fishing in international waters

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Ashley Marranzino, University of Rhode Island

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All conferences should be virtual in a post-coronavirus world

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Adam Fortais, McMaster University

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It will take over one billion dollars to protect one small Louisiana town from climate change

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As floodwaters regularly rise in southeast Louisiana, so do the costs to protect communities

Joan Meiners, Ecology

Climate change in the Arctic has ripple effects for all life on Earth

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Rebecca Dzombak, University of Michigan

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Bats' unique immune systems make them stealthy viral reservoirs

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These ecologically important animals have been at the center of many major viral outbreaks, and we are beginning to understand why

Marnie Willman, University of Manitoba Bannatyne

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Sorry, your houseplants aren't actually purifying your apartment's air

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Luyi Cheng, Northwestern University

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Should the age of humans have a geologic name?

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Rebecca Dzombak, University of Michigan

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We can talk about climate change with stories of kindness, fairytales, and hope

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Speaking with Kate Marvel about the importance of — and the nuances involved in — talking about climate change

Maryam Zaringhalam, Molecular Biology

Wildfires in Canada are burning down forests of mushrooms

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Olivia Box, University of Vermont

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

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How do you protect animals that move seamlessly between jurisdictions?

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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