food
I Followed the Planetary Health Diet During a Week of Sport and Travel. It Wasn’t Easy

When I signed up to eat the planetary health plate diet for 30 days, I forgot two small details: Super Bowl Sunday and I was being dispatched to the US state of Florida for a story halfway through my first week. You’ll be shocked to learn sticking to said diet has been a bit of a challenge. Read More >>

animals
Did a Seal Eat Your USB Drive? New Zealand Found It in a Frozen Slab of Poo

In what is easily one of the weirdest press releases New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has put out, the agency announced it had unearthed a fully functioning USB drive from a mound of frozen leopard seal poop. Read More >>

climate change
Climate Change Could Thaw the Home of Humanity’s Doomsday Vault

If climate change has its way, the seeds the world is saving for doomsday might just be able to grow in the Arctic, according to a report released Monday by the Norwegian government. Read More >>

food
For 30 Days, I’m Going to Eat Like I’m Trying to Save the Earth

There is perhaps no greater sign of how broken humanity’s relationship with the planet is than our food system. Carbon pollution from farming is running rampant, water resources are being depleted at an alarming rate, and obesity and starvation are simultaneously putting millions at risk. Read More >>

climate change
There’s a Huge Cavity Under Antarctica’s Most Endangered Glacier

Antarctica is the font of bad news that just keeps on giving. Thwaites Glacier, among the most threatened hunks of ice on the continent, is in even more dire straits than previously reported. Its melt from above and below is being aided by newly discovered cavities below the ice, as chronicled in Science Advances on Wednesday. Read More >>

oceans
An ‘Unprecedented’ Epidemic Is Wiping Out the U.S. West Coast’s Starfish

In 2013, marine scientists witnessed a real-life, aquatic version of Contagion. Over the summer, divers in Monterrey, California were treated to a horror scene of sea stars – or starfish – with limbs torn asunder and bodies disintegrating. Soon, major aquariums up and down the U.S. West Coast reported their starfish went from paragons of health to dead in weeks. Beaches became littered with dead and dying starfish or their remnants. Read More >>

environment
Ancient Plants Reveal Arctic Summers Haven’t Been This Hot in 115,000 Years

The latest sign of just how screwed the Arctic is: moss that hasn’t seen the light of day in at least 40,000 years is tumbling out of ice caps on Canada’s Baffin Island thanks to increasingly balmy summers. Based on that and other lines of evidence, research published in Nature Communications on Friday suggests that Canadian Arctic summers haven’t been this warm in 115,000 years or more. Read More >>

global warming
Last Year Was a Hot One – and 2019 Will Be Hotter

Earth capped its fourth-warmest year in human history in 2018, and this year will almost certainly be hotter according to a newly-released analysis. Read More >>

doomsday
The Doomsday Clock Is Just Two Minutes From Midnight, Again 

Last year brought the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’s famed Doomsday Clock as close as it’s ever been to midnight. This year’s update will test if you’re a glass half full or empty person. The clock is at the same daunting precipice it was last year thanks to the “two simultaneous existential threats” of climate change and nuclear war, as well as growing concern over efforts to debase truth and information warfare. Read More >>

climate change
How Brands Think They Can Make Money off Climate Change

Climate change is in the process of turning our world into a dystopian nightmare. But at least we’ll have the brands, brands that’ll continue to try and sell us crap to deal with our future hellscape. Read More >>

nature
North America’s Glaciers Are Melting Four Times Faster Than They Were a Decade Ago

Across the world’s icy landscapes, climate change is spurring a major meltdown. That includes the western U.S. and Canada where not only is ice vanishing, but it’s doing so at a more rapid pace than it was just a decade ago, according to a new study released this week in Geophysical Research Letters. Read More >>

science
Scientists Have a Plan to Turn Seabirds Into Tiny Ocean Science Labs

In the future, cyborg birds may help monitor ocean currents and help ground-truth satellite data. It may sound like an odd prognostication, but a study released in Scientific Reports lays the groundwork. Read More >>

ces 2019
CES 2019: IBM Wants to Use a Sensor in Your Phone to Create Ultra High-Res Weather Forecasts

In the world of weather forecasting, the battle for supremacy is generally being waged between the Euro and American weather models maintained by U.S. and European Union governmental agencies. But there are tonnes of other options to choose from, and a new one emerged on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Read More >>

environment
Scientists Want to Eavesdrop on Tropical Forests to Save Them From Annihilation

Seeing the forest through the trees is so 2018. In the coming years, ecologists are planning to do a lot more listening through the trees in an effort to get a better handle on forest health. Read More >>

environment
The Most Terrifying Climate Disasters of 2018

I sat for a while trying to figure out what image should be at the top of this post. Punching in different keywords—hurricane, wildfire, heat wave—turned up photos from around the world. Eventually, I settled on the Woolsey Fire, in the US state of California, bearing down on the mansions of Malibu, because it best encapsulates this moment in time. It’s the perfect metaphor for 2018, the year when climate change’s influence on our weather crystallised further, when it the flames showed up in our proverbial (and in some cases, literal) backyard. And the planet, our home, will go up in smoke if we don’t act soon. Read More >>