Anatomy of an Antarctic heatwave

Antarctica represents the simple, extreme end of conditions for life. It can be seen as a ‘canary in the mine’, demonstrating patterns of change we can expect to see elsewhere.

To slow permafrost thawing, bring in the horses

Experiments in Siberia have shown that the presence of large herbivores decelerates permafrost warming. A recent paper suggests that if we let groups of grazers roam throughout the Arctic, they could keep 80% of the world’s permafrost intact until 2100.

The Soviet InterNyet

Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation but failed. The first global computer network emerged thanks to capitalists behaving like cooperative socialists, not socialists behaving like competitive capitalists.

Is our destruction of nature responsible for COVID-19?

Researchers think it is the destruction of biodiversity that creates conditions for new viruses and diseases such as COVID-19. A new discipline is emerging that focuses on the connections among the wellbeing of humans, other living things, and entire ecosystems.

C’est la vie: Paris shows the world how to live

Modernity got it wrong. City life is not mainly about efficiency and speed. Sydney may still be building motorways but Paris has seen that life demands dignity, engagement, and a degree of tranquillity. The new direction is dubbed hyper-proximity.

Will planting millions of trees really save the planet?

The UK government has pledged to plant millions a year while other countries have schemes running into billions. But how much carbon dioxide do trees really pull in from the atmosphere? And what happens to a forest over the following decades?

The Amazon rainforest could be gone within a lifetime

If we don’t act on preventing the irreversible tipping point, many of us will watch the rainforest shift to a savannah-type ecosystem with a mix of trees and grass within the next 50 years, a new report says.

When your capital is sinking . . . Start again?

The Indonesian leadership promises its new capital on Borneo will be a sustainable city the like of which Indonesia, and arguably the world, has never seen. Environmentalists fear, however, that this ambitious plan could have disastrous implications.