A diversity of plants helps stabilize ecosystems

A diversity of plants helps stabilize ecosystems

As people search for ways to help Earth’s biosphere withstand the impacts of climate change, they might turn to a relatively little-appreciated phenomenon: how plant diversity stabilizes ecosystems in the face of stress.

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David Quammen
What if evolution isn’t linear, as Charles Darwin proposed when he first sketched the tree of life?

Emily Anthes
Amphibious architecture responds to floods like ships to a rising tide, floating on the water’s surface.

Oliver Morton
The godlike powers of geoengineering irrevocably change the human’s relationship with Planet Earth.

Frances Cairncross
What is the optimal rollout of carbon taxes and research subsidies to speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy?

David Biello
Welcome to the brave new world of artificial intelligence for conservation.

Veronique Greenwood
The rise of fast fashion and the technology that needs to change to keep your clothes out of the garbage.

Fred Pearce
Some economies may be quietly, and surprisingly approaching a phenomenon economists call “peak stuff.

Akshat Rathi
What if we could transform cement from a climate wrecker into a carbon sponge?

Ted Nordhaus
The climate change apocalypse problem

Andrew Revkin
The word “anthropocene” has become the closest thing there is to common shorthand for this turbulent, momentous, unpredictable, hopeless, hopeful time—duration and scope still unknown

Vandana Singh
How might science fiction constructively contribute to the Human Age?

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