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A key government report on climate change is out. Here's what you need to know

The New York Times published a draft of the report on Monday night.<p>[<i>Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details about the origins of the draft report.</i>]<p><i>The New York Times</i> published a draft of a long-awaited government report on climate change on Monday night, and the picture it …

Climate Change

Syria’s forgotten pluralism matters today more than ever

Syria’s past may explain why the country has fallen into civil war<p>The Syrian Civil War has been raging for six years. It has killed nearly half a million people and left over 12 million, about half of Syria’s total population, without a home. A few weeks ago, a devastating chemical attack brought …

Middle East

A brilliant sci-fi thriller imagines how the massive floods of climate change could transform Earth

Robinson's past books mostly been set in space — on interstellar starships or amid the long terraforming project of the planet Mars — but they've centered on questions of how we treat planet Earth. Is this fragile environment portable? Can we fix it if we break it? What is there left to do if we …

Climate Change

The powerful way that 'normalisation' shapes our world

Our perception of what is 'normal' can transform over time – and this can be a force of good and ill.<p>“My campaign is not going to let Donald Trump try to normalise himself,” vowed Hilary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent in the US presidential race, during her election campaign. There were …

Disability

The New Head of the EPA Is a Dangerous, Science-Denying Buffoon

Scott Pruitt doesn't believe in climate change science. Also, we're doomed.<p>Scott Pruitt is perhaps an <i>unconventional</i> choice, shall we say, to head Donald Trump's EPA, considering how often he <i>sued</i> the agency during his tenure as Oklahoma's attorney general. But the fact that his agenda for addressing …

Scott Pruitt

'Wrong type of trees' in Europe increased global warming

<b>The assumption that planting new forests helps limit climate change has been challenged by a new study.</b><p>Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming.<p>The scientists believe that replacing broadleaved species with conifers is a key reason for the …

Climate Change

12 day trips that are less than an hour’s train journey from London

Do you need more time?<p>London has a habit of making everyone feel rushed. Whether it’s commuting from Tooting to White City or travelling from your …

India Just Broke a World Record With Its New Solar Farm

China may be the largest producer of solar energy in the world, but neighboring India is no less ambitious when it comes to renewable energy. …

Renewable Energy

Powerful Architectural Illustrations Visually Interpret Mental Illnesses

Italian illustrator Federico Babina has turned his attention from movies stars and fairy tale characters to the deep emotions felt by those experiencing mental illness. In his new series <i>Archiatric</i>, Babina’s architectural illustrations demonstrate a deep understanding and empathy for sufferers of …

How popcorn became a much-loved snack

It’s a favourite for film fans and sofa snackers – and there’s some really special chemistry going on when popcorn does its pop.<p>Popcorn, that delicious, crunchy vehicle for butter, caramel and salt, is seeing its star rise. Americans already consume nearly 50 litres of popped corn a year each, on …

Popcorn

How fast food reveals secrets of the economy

From the Pizza Principle to the Waffle House Index, fast food can reveal surprising things about our behaviour and hidden changes in the market.<p>What is an economist’s favourite food? Burgers, chips and pizza might not immediately come to mind – but the consumption of meals like these can signal …

Forex

How East and West think in profoundly different ways

Psychologists are uncovering the surprising influence of geography on our reasoning, behaviour, and sense of self.<p>As Horace Capron first travelled through Hokkaido in 1871, he searched for a sign of human life among the vast prairies, wooded glades and threatening black mountains. “The stillness of …

Psychology

Photography Links and Tutorials That Will Make You Smile Ear to Ear!

Photographers! I don't know about you, but I really love this time of the week, when indulging in a world of pure photography is an absolute …

Photography

Electric cars and cheap solar 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020'

Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report<p>Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested.<p>A scenario that …

Fossil Fuels

It’s Putin’s World

How the Russian president became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere<p>In 2012, Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency after a four-year, constitutionally imposed hiatus. It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions. To his surprise, in the run-up to his inauguration, protesters filled the …

Political Science

The world's most toxic countries laid bare on this alarming map

When the Paris Agreement came into effect in November, the global focus on climate change policies was decried as a vital step towards reducing the …

Pollution

Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, sparking rallies

Land totaling the size of Connecticut has been targeted in a new bill in the Republican House, uniting hunters and conservationists in opposition<p>Update: Republicans back off public land bill after outcry<p>Now that Republicans have quietly drawn a path to give away much of Americans’ public land, US …

Forests

Writing about climate change: my professional detachment has finally turned to panic

I’ve maintained a wall between my job and my emotional response to it, but this month I’ve felt dread rising about looming disaster, and it’s an awakening<p>Until recently, like a sociopath might have little feelings when witnessing violence, I’ve managed to have relatively mild emotional responses to …

Climate Change

Britain can't blame the EU for offering us a bad Brexit deal — it's what we voted for

All of the lengthy passages in May's speech about wanting to be the "best friend and neighbour" to our European allies were ignored in favour of her warning that the EU would suffer if it fails to offer us a good deal.<p>"May to EU: give us fair deal or you'll be crushed" was the Times' headline. The …

United Kingdom

Compare cities with this attractive city-comparing tool

City-compare does exactly as its name suggests: select two U.S. cities and it will display various charts and statistics by way of comparison, all …

U.S. Census

China’s war on coal continues — the country just canceled 104 new coal plants

Because China is such a behemoth, its energy decisions absolutely dwarf anything any other country is doing right now. Case in point: Over the weekend, the Chinese government ordered 13 provinces to cancel 104 coal-fired projects in development, amounting to a whopping 120 gigawatts of capacity in …

China

Prof. Bruno Latour - The Anthropocene and the Destruction of the Image of the Globe

Bruno Latour - The Affects of Capitalism

Western Australia

Just One Dose of This Psychedelic Drug Can Ease Anxiety

Cancer is a brutal disease on both the body and mind. Not only do treatments like chemotherapy take a massive toll, but the emotional side effects …

American Psychiatric Association

The 8 cheapest cities in the world to live in

After analysing a wide-range of data — from food and fuel costs to salaries — the EIU put together a ranking of the most expensive and cheapest cities in the world to live in.<p>The list includes 133 countries, and naturally some of the world's key financial hubs, like London and New York City, ranked …

India

Six unexpected sources of renewable energy

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>When it comes to discussions about renewable energy, solar and wind power often take center stage. To a lesser degree, other forms like geothermal energy and hydropower also get some attention. But many people may not be aware that there are many other sources of renewable energy …