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Biologists are gathering evidence of green algae (pictured here in Kuwait) becoming carbohydrate-rich but less nutritious, due to increased carbon dioxide levels. As science fiction becomes science fact, new forms of storytelling are emerging. Raed Qutena

Friday essay: how speculative fiction gained literary respectability

As we enter the age of the Anthropocene, there is a growing recognition of different kinds of 'un-real' storytelling.
Miami is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to raise roads in response to rising sea levels. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

What is climate-ready infrastructure? Some cities are starting to adapt

Infrastructure systems – roads, water treatment systems, power grid – can't be built the same ways as in the past. What's a better roadmap for the future?
‘Earthrise,’ which appeared on the cover of the second and third Whole Earth Catalog, was taken by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders during lunar orbit, Dec. 24, 1968. NASA

Thing-makers, tool freaks and prototypers: How the Whole Earth Catalog’s optimistic message reinvented the environmental movement in 1968

The Whole Earth Catalog was a blueprint for sustainability that envisioned humans living in balance with nature. Its creative spirit was welcomed in a year riven by war, assassinations and riots.
Humanity’s control over nature represents a shift in the relationship between humans and the surrounding world. boscorelli/Shutterstock.com

What Earth Day means when humans possess planet-shaping powers

It's time to admit the age of pristine nature is over. In its place is humanity and planet-shaping technologies, from gene editing to climate engineering. Earth Day in a Synthetic Age.

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