A new wave of progressive candidates is changing how we talk about environmental justice

September 2, 2018

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district, she did so while running on a progressive platform centering on a host of issues including a deep-seated commitment to environmental justice. On her website, the 28-year-old calls climate change “the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization” in a…


Abbreviated Science Round-up: Arthritis and pain, barcoded biology, hothouse Earth

August 12, 2018

Climate change On track to throw the world completely off track I took the weekend off last week, so naturally a paper landed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that generated a considerable response. So, though it’s now a whole week old, I’m bouncing back to this article from an international team … with appropriately global impact. We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth…


Polar Bears Are Suffering Because Of Climate Change, And They Need Your Help

June 6, 2018

Courtesy Explore.org This week, November 1–7, is Polar Bear Week. It’s when Explore.org teams up with Frontiers North Adventures and Polar Bears International to raise awareness about the dire straits the majestic, white bears are facing. Climate change is affecting the polar bear population at Earth’s southernmost point in a hugely negative way. While polar bears might not be the first thing on everyone’s mind on a daily basis, it’s…