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Another Way Climate Change Might Make Hurricanes Worse

Another Way Climate Change Might Make Hurricanes Worse

In a recent talk about his new book, “Scale,” physicist Geoffrey West described climate change as a form of entropy –- disorder that’s created as the price of all the order and creative energy pent up in cities. In this view, climate change is not, as some argue, just...
Why Scientific Consensus Is Worth Taking Seriously

Why Scientific Consensus Is Worth Taking Seriously

Yes, collective missteps happen. But if anything, history shows how hard it is to get scientists to agree in the first place. Following the pack is not part of the scientific method. The point is to follow the evidence. And that leaves room for ambiguity in...
Happy Earth Day. Enjoy It While You Last.

Happy Earth Day. Enjoy It While You Last.

The people who know the most about life on Earth tend to be the most impressed by its staying power. Harvard professor Andrew Knoll marvels that our planet has sustained life continuously for four billion years — most of its 4.5 billion years in existence. This...
At Sundance, the Theme Is Climate Change

At Sundance, the Theme Is Climate Change

LOS ANGELES — It certainly reads like a political statement: Next week, one day before Donald J. Trump takes the presidential oath of office, the Sundance Film Festival will open its 33rd edition with a climate-change documentary starring Al Gore. Mr. Trump has mocked...