Proposed Anthropocene Epoch Seeks Formal Approval

A proposed Anthropocene epoch will be reviewed this month and possibly approved by the end of this year. Find out which sites are contending to be the epoch's "golden spike" and the prospects of its final approval.

Diet-size relationship - Animals arranged according to type of diet

Diet-Size Relationship in Animals Disturbed by Humans

The diet-size relationship is a universal principle in the animal kingdom that dates back millions of years. Find out how human activity is disturbing that principle's balance and the implications for species extinction.

Belief in Evolution Promotes Tolerance

Belief in evolution makes us more tolerant of those who seem different from ourselves. Find out how a new study confirms this and encourages teaching evolution in the classroom.

IPCC Climate Change Report Upstaged by Ukraine

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Sixth Report in the midst of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine. Find out why the unfortunate timing has diverted attention from a growing global crisis. (4:00 min read)

Invasive Plants Cause More Problems with Climate Change

Invasive plants can be as serious a threat to the environment as climate change. Discover how a new study shows that combined factors like drought, fire and invasive species start a vicious cycle that makes matters even worse.

Coral Reefs Need Reforestation to Stop Sediment Run-Off

Coral reefs offer some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems on Earth. Find out how a new study explains the connection between land forests and preserving this vital undersea habitat.

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Bird Evolution Can Be Surprisingly Fast

Bird evolution has helped scientists understand how natural selection works since the time of Darwin. Find out how a species of birds in Indonesia demonstrated how rapidly evolution can take place. (4:00 min read)

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History – A Review

The Sixth Extinction’ by Elizabeth Kolbert is an overview of past and present mass extinctions. Discover why many scientists believe that humans are causing a new era of mass extinction today. (5:30 min read)