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On September 28 we’ll bring together scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and more to spotlight ways that human ingenuity can fight the climate crisis.

As Wildfires Get More Extreme, Observatories Are at Greater Risk

Climate change is making fire season worse. Now astronomers are feeling the heat.

The New Climate Bill Demands All-American EV Batteries

The legislation adds fuel to a major push for a US battery supply chain. But inconvenient geography is the least of the challenges ahead.

Is Coal Mining Increasing East Kentucky’s Flood Risk?

Mountaintop removal destroyed Appalachia's land. Then came the floodwaters. 

The Psychology of Inspiring Everyday Climate Action

Individual choices and habits help the climate. Understanding how people think can make it happen.

How Clean Is ‘Clean’ Hydrogen?

Batteries and renewable energy alone can’t decarbonize industries, and recent proposals for a “hydrogen economy” could bridge those gaps.

Extreme Heat Is Becoming More Dangerous for Farmworkers

Sweltering temperatures and humidity threaten the health of outdoor laborers, and there are few standards to protect them from working when it’s too hot.

NASA Is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research—on Mars

Space fans around the world can help analyze data collected by the Mars Climate Sounder.

Data Centers Are Facing a Climate Crisis

Companies are racing to cool down their servers as energy prices and temperatures soar. And the worst is yet to come.

As Waters Warm, Alaska Experiences Salmon Booms and Busts

Chaotic returns leave some communities with an abundance of fish, and others with none.

After Going Solar, I Felt the Bliss of Sudden Abundance

My rooftop panels showed me that a world powered by renewables would be an overflowing horn of plenty, with fast, sporty cars and comfy homes.

The Big Business of Burying Carbon

The porous rock beneath the Gulf Coast launched the petroleum age. Now entrepreneurs want to turn it into a gigantic sponge for storing CO2.

Carbon Offsets Alone Won’t Make Flying Climate-Friendly

Carbon dioxide emissions aren’t the only way aviation warms the planet. Exhaust contains a host of polluting particles, from soot to nitrogen oxides.

Nuclear Power Plants Are Struggling to Stay Cool

Climate change is reducing output and raising safety concerns at nuclear facilities from France to the US. But experts say adapting is possible—and necessary.

A Deadly Glacier Collapse Sends a Dire Climate Warning

After 11 people were killed and eight hospitalized by a glacier in early July, Italian scientists are asking how future tragedies can be avoided.

Can Reengineered Aluminum Help Fill the Demand for Copper?

As the world converts to electric vehicles and renewable energy, molecular tweaks to aluminum could improve its conductivity.

The Climate Anxiety Discussion Has a Whiteness Problem

Marginalized groups often think about the mental impact of the climate crisis in different terms—meaning they end up crowded out of the conversation.

That Weird Smell in Your House Might Be Mold. Here's How to Check

Wet conditions and climate change mean the risk of spores is higher than ever. Here's how to know if you need an assessment and what you should expect.

The Infamous 1972 Report That Warned of Civilization's Collapse

The Limits to Growth argued that rampant pollution and resource extraction were pushing Earth to the brink. How does it hold up 50 years later?

How Landsat Chronicled 50 Years on a Changing, Fiery Planet

The pioneering satellite program has provided the longest continuous document of how fire, global warming, and humanity are remaking our world.

Climate Change Breaks Plant Immune Systems. Can They Be Rebooted?

When temperatures rise, plants mysteriously lose their ability to defend against invading pathogens—but there may be a fix.

130-Year-Old Menus Show How Climate Change Affects What We Eat

By studying the so-called mean temperature of restaurant seafood, scientists have shown how the species that fill our plates have changed with time.

The Supreme Court Is Jeopardizing Federal Climate Action

The court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA doesn’t go as far as some climate activists feared it might. But it’s a road map for future challenges.

A Warming Climate Takes a Toll on the Vanishing Rio Grande

Rising temperatures and an unprecedented drought pose a grave and growing peril to the river and its ecosystems.