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11 Ways to See How Climate Change Is Imperiling the Arctic

The latest data is sobering. These visualizations show just how perilous the situation is.<p>While the average temperature of the planet is slowly creeping up, the Arctic is warming far more quickly—as much as two to three times faster. On December 22, a weather buoy near the North Pole reported …

Incredible Photos of Hiking Italy's 'Iron Roads'

Remnants of World War I, these via ferrata take hikers to remote reaches of the Italian Alps—and tell stories of battle and bravery.<p>As my watch beeped twice to signal that 4 a.m. had arrived, I glanced up at the outline of the Tre Cime peaks of the Italian Dolomites to see if there was any sign of …

A Buddhist Tradition to Save Animals Has Taken an Ugly Turn

What began as a quest to protect wildlife is now killing animals and harming ecosystems.<p>Claudia He Yun recently witnessed an incident outside a Buddhist temple in the Tiantai Mountains, in eastern China, that disturbed her: a group of people about to place a laptop-size turtle in a shallow moat …

4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

The controversial projects may affect animals, climate, and people. Here’s how.<p>President Donald Trump signed executive orders early this week that restarted the effort to complete the Keystone XL pipeline across the Great Plains (see a map of the route) and the Dakota Access pipeline in the …

Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs.<p>In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a …

Nine Female Adventure Photographers Who Push the Limits

It takes commitment, creativity, and courage to excel in this high-octane photography field. Here are nine women who are showing how it’s done.<p>What does it take to be an adventure photographer? You need stamina, expert skills in a sport, and the ability to work under extreme conditions, often with …

3 Things You Need to Know About the Science Rebellion Against Trump

The new president’s first moves on science spur a Twitter war and prompt a march.<p>The Trump administration was merely minutes old when all references to climate change disappeared from the White House website. Later that day, the National Park Service Twitter account was briefly shutdown because the …

Why Global Warming Hits the Arctic Harder Than Anywhere Else

Explorer and marine biologist Enric Sala talks about Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood.<p>In his new documentary, <i>Before the Flood</i>, Leonardo DiCaprio takes viewers on an eye-opening tour of how climate change is affecting the planet's oceans right now, from rising seas threatening …

Green Roofs Take Root Around the World

The eco-friendly design just got a big lift in San Francisco, and it is spreading globally.<p>This week, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to require that certain new buildings be built with a green roof—an eco-friendly design technique that sows plants above a roofline. This latest action …

Scientist Goes It Alone on Climate Change to Save His State

SWAN QUARTER, North Carolina<p>Facing opposition from politicians, this North Carolina scientist is urging coastal communities to get ready for rising water.<p>This 19th century fishing village stands three feet above sea level at the bottom of the coastal plain known as the Inner Banks. It is home to …

Conservationist's Plan Balanced Wildlife, Human Interests

The late ecologist José Ayres helped pioneer sustainable reserves, protecting habitats and the interests of local residents.<p>Most of us hope to leave some kind of legacy after we’re gone. Few leave one as impactful as José Márcio Ayres, who died of cancer in 2003.<p>As senior conservation zoologist for …

To Save Fragile Ocean Fish, This Surfer Turned to Science

She spent her youth surfing and sailing. Now Shannon Switzer Swanson is diving into marine biology to investigate the aquarium fish trade. Get to know all 10 honorees, then vote every day for the People's Choice until December 16, 2016. The winner will be announced in January 2017.<p>This summer, …

Climate Change Captured in Stunning Antarctic Ice Photos

NASA's IceBridge missions provide visual evidence of melting ice.<p>Climate change can be hard to visualize, because it tends to happen at a relatively creeping pace, not in one dramatic surge, as Hollywood often likes to depict.<p>But new photos from NASA flights provide a fresh look at melting ice. For …

Top Climber Attends the School of Hard Rocks in Yosemite

While preparing for his free ascent of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan—just the second ever attempt of this notoriously difficult feat—climber Adam Ondra reflects on his steep learning curve.<p>Adam Ondra, a 23-year-old rock climber from the Czech Republic, reached the summit of the Dawn Wall of El …

Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches

The birds have some clever adaptations to keep their noggins safe.<p>During election season, everyone can relate to woodpeckers: We all feel like banging our heads against the wall.<p>The birds handle it better, though, so Weird Animal Question of the Week was pleased to look into Derek Halas’s question: …

Skiing the World's Biggest Glaciers

Braving extreme cold and deadly crevasses, Børge Ousland and Vincent Colliard are traversing the 20 largest ice fields to raise awareness of climate change.<p>Børge Ousland has made a career out of suffering. In 1994 after two years as a Norwegian Special Forces officer, Ousland notched the first and …

How Wildlife May Fare Under Trump

From wildlife trafficking to endangered species protection and hunting, the Trump Administration could change much about how the U.S. protects wildlife at home and abroad.<p>What a president will do for wildlife has never been much of a campaign issue. Debates focus on national security, trade, …

Kuriose Forschung: Diese Musik zieht Katzen an

Kuriose Forschung Diese Musik zieht Katzen an<p>Charles Snowdon, emeritierter Professor für Psychologie an der Universität Wisconsin-Madison, erforscht …

Die ersten Bilder aus Quentin Tarantinos neuem Western "The Hateful Eight" - FILMSTARTS.de

Nachdem die aktuelle Ausgabe der Entertainment Weekly schon auf dem Cover uns einen ersten Blick auf Quentin Tarantinos neuen Western „The Hateful …

Kann Frankreich das neue Griechenland werden?

Frankreichs Wirtschaft schmiert weiter ab, bekommt aber trotz zunehmender politischer Risiken Unterstützung der Bundesrepublik. Das könnte …

Tierversuche: „Wir müssen diese Polarisierungen überwinden“

Nach monatelangen Drohungen hat der Tübinger Hirnforscher Nikos Logothetis angekündigt, seine Affenversuche einzustellen. Max-Planck-Kollege Wolf …

Wo die Armen teurer leben

Von Ferguson bis Baltimore: Ungerechtigkeit und Gewalt. Was ist bloß mit Amerika los? Versuch einer Erklärung<p><i>For the English version of this article</i> …