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In The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes lucidly charts how the Romantics were as transfixed by the failures of science as they were by its bright accomplishments.

Why has natural selection always been the most contested part of evolutionary theory?

Two new books explore the role of naturalists in the history of conservation movements.

"Bio-prospecting" is unreflective--and unregulated.

While the Obama Administration has taken steps to strengthen enforcement of humane handling and food safety laws, the verdict is still out on whether the USDA has the will to make the changes necessary for a safe and humane food system.

The Obama administration wants to push holistic solutions to national problems--and retooling manufacturers of military hardware into purveyors of solar technology is one.

Will carbon capture and sequestration help us avoid runaway climate change?

In the dry Sahel, farmers are already adapting to climate change.

In The Fires of Vesuvius, Mary Beard unearths the seedier realities of the Roman social and political experience.

Blogs

Pundits and politicians agree: Edward Snowden did something naughty. But what do the people think?

July 15, 2014

Nation Editor-at-Large and MSNBC host Chris Hayes appeared on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to talk climate, politics and his recent bad luck. 

April 29, 2014

Environmentalism could be a populist movement—if its focus shifts from just cutting carbon to cultivating justice on a larger scale.

April 22, 2014

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

Global warming is just one of many lies the ‘scientific community’ tries to impose on us. 

April 8, 2014

What would our national conversation on climate change sound like if this kind of honesty broke through with any regularity?

December 23, 2013

South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.

November 14, 2013

The case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the world.

October 29, 2013

A new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says weather around the world is becoming more extreme.

August 8, 2013

A flurry of recent news claims GMOs can save agriculture and raises some concerns.

August 2, 2013