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Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s Volcano

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption and tsunami that have devastated Tonga are unlike anything volcanologists have seen before.

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

The iconic graphic of a timepiece originated as a nuclear warning. It updates its time on Thursday amid threats like climate change and pandemics.

The US Inches Toward Building EV Batteries at Home

In an effort to reduce dependency on hard-to-source cobalt and Chinese manufacturing, US makers are finally getting into the cathode business.

A Project to Count Climate Crisis Deaths Has Surprising Results

Climate change is already killing people, but countries don’t have an easy way to count those deaths. A new project might change that.

Humanity Has Turned Land Itself Into a Menace

All of our meddling has primed Earth to collapse under cities and belch greenhouse gases, a nasty feedback loop that’s accelerating global warming.

Global Ship Traffic Could Imperil the Antarctic's Biosecurity

Vessels from more than 1,500 ports have visited the region since 2014. Each one is a threat to introduce invasive species.

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

The USDA is making it easier for farmers to market their meat as “low-carbon.” Not everyone is happy about it.

How to Prepare for Climate Change's Most Immediate Impacts

The effects of the climate crisis are happening right now. From natural disasters to supply chain shortages, here's how to cope.

An Injection of Chaos Solves a Decades-Old Fluid Mystery

In the 1960s, drillers noticed that certain fluids would firm up if they flowed too fast. Researchers have finally explained why.

Old Climate Clues Shed New Light on History

Historians are reexamining eras of social turmoil and linking them to volcanic eruptions, prolonged droughts, and other disturbances in the natural world.

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