The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"

During the 1930s, America's High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience "megadroughts" lasting for several decades. » 8/28/14 8:00am Thursday 8:00am

An Anti-Evolution Bill In Ohio Almost Included A Ban On Aristotle

Legislation introduced in Ohio's House of Representatives would, if passed, rewrite the state's education standards by encouraging teachers to teach "both sides" of the "debate" on evolution and climate change. And, on top of that, an initial draft of the bill would have banned major works of thought and literature. » 8/20/14 9:20am 8/20/14 9:20am

Should Environmentalist Politicians Focus Less On Climate Change?

Today we debunked the claim that scientists in 1970s commonly believed that the Earth was headed for another ice age and had a number of discussions about global warming and environmentalism—including whether politicians should talk about climate change less and other advantages of sustainable policies more. » 8/08/14 4:20pm 8/08/14 4:20pm

Reality Check: Most Scientists Never Believed In "Global Cooling"

Climate-change deniers like to remind us how, in the 1970s, scientists all believed the Earth was heading for another ice age. So why should we believe the doomsayers who now claim the opposite? Here's why: Most scientists rejected the "global cooling" theory and, even then, were convinced the real problem was… » 8/08/14 11:00am 8/08/14 11:00am

How Whales Will Save The World – If We Let Them

For a thousand years humans systematically hunted whales for their meat, oil, and bone. Some whale populations were reduced by as much as 90%. But now that they're being protected, scientists are realizing the critical role that whales play in balancing marine ecosystems. Here are four ways they keep oceans healthy. » 8/06/14 11:15am 8/06/14 11:15am

Bad News: Scientists Have Measured 16-Foot Waves In The Arctic Ocean

For the first time, waves as tall as 16 feet have been recorded in Arctic waters. If these waves are speeding the breakup of the region's remaining ice, as oceanographers suspect, they could signal the birth of a feedback mechanism that will hasten the Arctic's march toward an ice-free summer. » 7/30/14 1:30pm 7/30/14 1:30pm

The Pre-Holocene Climate Is Returning — And It Won't Be Fun

Our planet has been witness to plenty of strange weather happenings recently, from devastating floods to the polar vortex. These events are providing a glimpse of what it was like during the pre-Holocene era — a time of volatility and destruction. But it could also be a demonstration of where climate change is taking… » 7/24/14 8:40am 7/24/14 8:40am

​New Poll Reveals The U.S. Is Number One In Climate Change Denial

The British survey company Ipsos Mori has released its first ever Global Trends Survey, summarizing views from 20 countries on issues ranging from privacy and technology to health and the environment. On the subject of climate change, U.S. citizens revealed themselves to be more divided than any other nation. » 7/21/14 4:40pm 7/21/14 4:40pm

Climate-Denying Physicist Compares Carbon Dioxide to Jews

During an appearance on CNBC, Physicist William Happer was asked about his view that human beings are not causing climate change. His response: "The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews." » 7/18/14 1:20pm 7/18/14 1:20pm

Climate Change-Denying Politicians Rant About Fluoride And Mars

The week began weird and then got weirder. First, it was reported that a Kentucky state senator said climate change is implausible because Earth and Mars share the exact same temperature. And then a U.S. congressman linked the climate change debate to the ozone hole "hoax" and the fluorination of water. » 7/09/14 7:50am 7/09/14 7:50am

Climate Change (Isn't) Driving Gingers to Extinction

Recently, The Independent (UK) ran a story that suggested climate change could lead to the extinction of a particular kind of person in the islands of the North Atlantic, the ginger. The article interviews the managing director of the ScotlandsDNA project, Alistair Moffat, who suggests gingers in Scotland may fade… » 7/09/14 3:01am 7/09/14 3:01am

A Tantalizingly Brief Glimpse Inside Fabien Cousteau's Underwater Lab

Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission, where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 63 feet underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a firsthand glimpse of some never-before-seen underwater phenomena, as Cousteau told PBS's… » 7/06/14 7:21pm 7/06/14 7:21pm