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Siberia heatwave: why the Arctic is warming so much faster than the rest of the world

On the eve of the summer solstice, something very worrying happened in the Arctic Circle. For the first time in recorded history, temperatures reached 38°C (101°F) in a remote Siberian town – 18°C warmer than the maximum daily average for…

Why the Anthropocene began with European colonisation, mass slavery and the ‘great dying’ of the 16th century

John Vanderlyn: Landing of Columbus The toppling of statues at Black Lives Matter protests has powerfully articulated that the roots of modern racism lie in European colonisation and slavery. Racism will be more forcefully opposed once we acknowledge this history…

Arctic heatwave: what warmer summers mean for the region’s wildlife

Snowshoe hares are moving further into the Arctic. Dee Carpenter Originals / shutterstock The current heatwave in the Arctic, with temperatures reaching 38℃ in some parts of northern Siberia, is symptomatic of a region experiencing more than twice the global…

Why Did This Ancient Marsupial Have Saber Teeth?

The naming of many saber-toothed species—the most famous being the genus Smilodon, or the saber-toothed cat—sounds like a bit of a macabre joke. The pearly grins of these prehistoric predators might have been the last sight of any creatures that…

The West Is Being Won by Tiny Bits of Plastic

Grand, indeed, but also full of microplastics. Flickr/scott1346 The Grand Canyon is vast and magnificently unsubtle: The 277-mile gash has long humbled visitors with its sheer rock walls and the river ribboning below. The landscape is also cloaked with something…

How a ‘Flying Photographer’ Sees the World From Above

In 1997, New Jersey–based photographer George Steinmetz decided to learn to fly, when he was assigned to shoot in the central Sahara and learned that his bush pilot had backed out. Steinmetz’s aircraft of choice was not an airplane but…