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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?

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

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The poles are warming faster than the rest of the planet, causing extreme weather events in the Northern hemisphere

Rebecca Dzombak, University of Michigan

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Bats' unique immune systems make them stealthy viral reservoirs

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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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Climate strikers send a message: "Put your planet and its people over profit."

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"We are supposed to be the 'leaders of tomorrow', but are being forced to become the leaders of today because our current leaders refuse to hear our cries."

Dan Samorodnitsky

Wildfires in Canada are burning down forests of mushrooms

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Olivia Box, University of Vermont

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Teenage activists are leading the fight against climate change

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Baby boomers are downplaying climate change's risks, so a new generation raises their voice

Alekhya Maram

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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Reducing agricultural carbon emissions will be good for the planet and our stomachs

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From soil microbes to factory farming, the Green New Deal could radically improve our food system

Lauren Sara McKee, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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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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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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Japanese coral communities are expanding in response to warming temperatures, but the effects could be disastrous

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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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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Ancient Romans never reached Greenland, but the emissions from their silver mining did

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Ice cores, used to study ancient climates, also contain the history of the Roman Empire

Elisa Bonnin, University of Washington

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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How atmospheric dust might help cool the planet

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New research suggests an old idea of geoengineering has more merit than long suspected

Elisa Bonnin, University of Washington

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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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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Creationism helped push climate skepticism into classrooms

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Science education has become a political issue, but civic engagement can still work wonders

Julia York, University of Texas at Austin

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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How fieldwork on a remote, tiny island taught me to navigate family dinners

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Doing science far away helped this ecologist talk to those close to home

Jenny Howard, Wake Forest University

Toxic chemicals are being freed from melting glaciers

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Carrie McDonough, Colorado School of Mines

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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 termites teach us to build environmentally friendly communities?

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Meet the researchers searching for more climate-friendly architecture

Salmaan Craig, Harvard University

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Life is evolving through a hurricane of human pollution

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Brittney Borowiec, Wilfrid Laurier 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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Some good news: peatlands might help store more carbon as temperatures rise

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Don't drain these swamps

Becky Parker, Nova Scotia Nature Trust