Analysis of 231-million-year-old fossil sheds light on reptile evolution

With just a look Tiago R. Simões was sure a fossil was sui generis — and it turned out to belong to a previously unknown species of a lizard-like reptile, representing the earliest evolving member of a lineage that today includes all lizards, snakes, and their closest relatives.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Aug. 30, 2021 ~7 min

Hurricane Ida: 4 essential reads about New Orleans' high hurricane risk and what climate change has to do with the storms

The New Orleans region is likely to see a hurricane about every seven years and a major hurricane about every 20.

Stacy Morford, Environment + Climate Editor • conversation
Aug. 30, 2021 ~8 min

Does feeding garden birds do more harm than good?

How bird feeding could disrupt an ecological balance just beyond our windowsills and gardens.

bbcnews
Aug. 27, 2021 ~6 min

Time in nature can boost teen well-being

Taking a walk in the park or just going outdoors to spend some time in nature can help teens feel better and boost their well-being.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 27, 2021 ~4 min

Amazon: regrowing forests have offset less than 10% of carbon emissions from deforestation

Secondary forests are growing on deforested land in the Amazon – but not enough to offset emissions from logging.

Jos Barlow, Professor of Conservation Science, Lancaster University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2021 ~6 min

Reared curlews act like wild counterparts after release in Norfolk

Tracking devices show movements of curlew after their release into the wild.

bbcnews
Aug. 19, 2021 ~3 min

Reared curlews act like wild counterparts after release in Norfolk

Tracking devices show movements of curlew after their release into the wild.

bbcnews
Aug. 19, 2021 ~3 min

An AI expert explains why it's hard to give computers something you take for granted: Common sense

Common sense is a broad and diverse set of abilities that help define what it means to be human. AI researchers are struggling to endow computers with it.

Mayank Kejriwal, Research Assistant Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Southern California • conversation
Aug. 17, 2021 ~9 min

Blue hydrogen – what is it, and should it replace natural gas?

Hydrogen fuel derived from natural gas may be worse for the climate than the fossil fuel even with carbon capture and storage.

Tom Baxter, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen • conversation
Aug. 13, 2021 ~6 min

Climate: WWF warns UK spending is lagging behind targets

The conservation group WWF says the UK government must keep its promises on climate change.

bbcnews
Aug. 12, 2021 ~4 min

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