Be Humble: Cave Paintings Show That Humans Aren't the Only Species Capable of Creating Art 

In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari explains that humans tend to think of themselves as standing alone, atop the pinnacle of evolution, with all the other homo species (Ergaster, Erectus, Neanderthals) being “merely older models of ourselves.” Central to this evolutionary “fallacy” (to use Harari’s term) is our…

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Can scientists learn to make ‘nature forecasts’ just as we forecast the weather?

Imagine that spring has finally arrived and you’re planning your weekend. The weather forecast looks great. You could go to the beach – but what if it’s closed because of an algal bloom? Maybe you could go for a hike – will the leaves be out yet? What might be in flower? Will the migratory birds be back? Oh, and you…

The Polluted State of the Union

“The state of our union is a state of pollution,” read the bleak statement e-mailed to me on Tuesday from Jennifer Krill, the executive director of the environmental non-profit Earthworks. It was one of many gloomy press releases from green groups that filled my inbox in the run-up to President Donald Trump’s State of…

Animation: Christiana Figueres Explains the True Cost of Exiting the Paris Climate Agreement  

If the U.S. actually pulls out of the Paris Climate Agreement, as Donald Trump has promised, it’ll be the only country in the world to reject the international treaty. Trump thinks this is a good idea, claiming that Paris is a “bad deal” that will cost the U.S. billions of dollars. Christiana Figueres, the UN diplomat…