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 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.
NASA, NOAA and EEMA all agree that the past eight years have been the warmest ever recorded. Find out how this led to more extreme weather last year, and how we can address the climate crisis.
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.
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)
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)
Lightning strikes have played a part in theories on the origin of life since Darwin. Discover how a new study sheds more light on the role of lightning in bringing life to our planet. (4:00 min read)
'Origins: Cosmos, Earth and Humanity’ is a classic work in the Big History movement. Discover how it outlines the evolution of the Universe and its meaning for our lives together. (5:00 min read)
Lifeless matter could only have evolved into self-replicating molecules by growing more complex. Discover how destruction might make this counterintuitive process conceivable. (4:15 min read)
Air pollution has a cooling effect on the atmosphere, while greenhouse gases cause global warming. Discover why both emission types must be cut in combination to preserve our environment. (4:00 min read)