Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
Arctic climatologist Konrad Steffen has spent 18 consecutive springs on the Greenland ice cap, personally building and installing the weather stations that help the world's scientists understand what's happening up there. And what's happening may be much worse than anyone thought possible
Reconstructing sea level history for the first time
Updates for climate change resilience may allow communities like Miami Beach to survive the century, but they're costing millions of dollars
The cold, hard facts
Some of the most common maps don't accurately depict Earth's surface. But it's not for lack of trying.
The free software from Google gives scientists a new world view
The latest assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in full online today, details what we can and cannot predict about global warming.
Popular Science is inside the U.N., where 150 heads of state are talking global warming. Will they put momentum behind an international treaty in 2015?
The industry and the F.A.A. say the climate effects of flying civilians into space will be negligible, but some scientists fret about the accumulation of black carbon in the stratosphere.
Let this map of U.S. states scaled by volume above sea level guide you to your water-damaged, dystopian home of the future.
See where Earth is heating up.
An awesome, disorienting look at kitty vision.
Bring a bathing suit, kids, we're going to the Jefferson Memorial.
Alan Burns made a fortune in the oil business. But as oil wanes, he's convinced that clean energy will be—must be—the next big thing. And so this inventor has poured his fortune into a challenge far greater than finding new oil deposits: extracting energy from the ocean
And it's on the same scale as parts of the Grand Canyon!
Anatomy of a fact check.
Operation Ice Bridge will be the most extensive aerial survey ever of Antarctica
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
It's tough luck for the two other towns trying to claim the title
The nation's satellites document environmental threats around the globe. So why is the future of earth observation in peril?
San Francisco, get ready to get your feet wet.
We're on a collision course with extreme weather. It's time to acknowledge that, and to prepare
The New York City mayor's new $20 billion storm preparation plan is based on some scary data about how the city will look by the 2050s.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Talking it out could make us less vulnerable.
Steven Chu, the new U.S. secretary of energy, is a Nobel-winning physicist and an unabashed advocate of fighting climate change. But can he negotiate the political realities of transforming the energy economy?
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
People are already grappling with drought, heat, flooding, and sea level rise.
A dramatic visualization of the forces bringing the Gulf of Mexico up to New Orleans' back door
A golden age of Earth observation.
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
How do you know you're comparing apples to apples?
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate
It is now stable and vegetated. Great job, island!
But the international panel of experts is less sure how that will affect people in specific places.
Computational modelling suggests human land use leads to more infection at sea
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Geographic profiling pioneer Kim Rossmo has been likened to Sherlock Holmes; his Watson in the hunt for serial killers is a digital sidekick -- an algorithm he calls Rigel.
Conceptual shelters that will protect us all from the perils of our rapidly changing environment: rising waters, extreme heat, rampant pollution and overpopulation
Including a 1,111-carat diamond
More folks than ever live in cyclone-territory, but less are dying
The Largest Man-Made Offshore Islands
Our 10 favorite images of the week
It exploded from a tropical storm to a category five in just 27 hours.
The amazing lizard uses its hairy toes to defy gravity and its dynamic tail to always land on its feet if it falls. See how scientists are using the gecko's tricks to design better robots, spacesuits and—just maybe—Spiderman gloves
Britain's Environmental Agency is taking a keen interest in housing technology that embraces flooding rather than fights it.
Headlines fret about the growing obesity epidemic, but what does it mean? How did it happen? And what are the costs?
Illustrations by XPLANE
Winners of the Nikon's annual Small World competition represent the best in through-the-microscope photography
For over two centuries we have struggled to understand the scope of Afghanistan's mineral wealth. Now geologists, if they can determine what lies beneath the nation's ground, might also help bring stability to the surface
Dark matter makes up much of the cosmos, yet no one knows exactly what it is. Soon, physicists may finally solve one of science's biggest mysteries.
Adaptation measures would strengthen local resilience to sea level rise and the next Superstorm Sandy.
At 20 feet below sea level, new orleans is a prime target. An ambitious new levee system would decrease the risk
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
New ways global warming could kill us
The climate is changing, but it's not too late to secure yourself some prime future-proof real estate
2312 is available on Amazon.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Arsenic levels vary widely, but they are dangerously high in much of the country.
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
A million straws could mellow the next Katrina
Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the boundary between man and machine is quickly disappearing. PLUS: A gallery of today's most mind-blowing 'bots
A compendium of the fastest things the world has to offer, and a celebration of the technological breakthroughs that feed the rush
Where you see sun, sand, and surf, Stephen Leatherman sees a dying patient.
Has the lost continent been found?
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
Scientists want to know why it's lingering instead of crumbling into the sea.
THE ISSUE: Michael Crichton uses faulty data to skewer climate-change science
The 2004 Popsci Design Competition
Not bad for a microbe
The European Union hopes the deal can boost chances of further international agreement at the UN's climate summit
Atmospheric warming is causing saltier oceans and nastier storms
And led to one of the first American science experiments.
A California research team reveals how Mavericks, one of big-wave surfing's most famous breaks, is formed
How fish adapt to a warming world is top of mind for governments eager to profit off of a robust fishing industry. Will climate change rule in their favor?
NOAA's global update is out today.
Research suggests the use of chemical dispersants hinders oceanic microbes responsible for natural cleanup
Did an eruption turn Icelandic vikings into Christians?
In the first installment of Kitchen Alchemy, the team delves into the science of pressure cookers in the name of sunflower seed "risotto"
A new paper suggests doctors and paramedics are not the only people who need immediate treatment in the case of pandemic flu; and acting as such may put society in grave danger
Scientists re-estimate the age of a group of human ancestors, leaving them out in the cold
A mysteriously healthy patch of coral reefs in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf might provide scientists with ways to protect the rest of the reefs
Including a map of brain cancer, a closeup of a sea urchin's tooth, and more from the 2012 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
This is why you don't put radioactive dumps next to the ocean.
Scientists submerge pig cadavers to find out
And what they can tell us about the mysterious southern continent.
The very best in brains.
New Mexico's high desert is a hotbed for electrical storms. Where better to camp among 400 lightning rods?