Browsing: Nature

It can often seem as though nations are permanent fixtures on the landscape, immovable, unchangeable, and enduring. If history has taught us one thing, it’s that nations are perfectly capable of disappearing. A number of top countries disappeared in the 20th century alone, including nations such as Astro-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and superpower U.S.S.R. Anyone…

A problem with dying on Mount Everest is that there’s a good chance you’ll stay on the mountain, as it’s simply too hard and dangerous to retrieve dead bodies. This is especially true near the summit, which is also the most dangerous leg of the climb. That means when climbers attempt to scale the world’s…

We’re typically pretty terrible to our world. We tear through resources like a hungry kid devouring a bag of M&Ms. It’s bad enough when we do it knowingly, like with oil shortages that tend to – no pun intended – fuel wars. We’ve helped multiple animal species trudge ahead toward extinction, because that patch of forest would…

Climate change skeptics might make a lot of noise, but the scientific consensus on the matter is pretty unassailable. 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is an on-going man-made phenomenon. No one knows exactly how serious the problem will become, but there are plenty of reasons why you should be concerned. 10. We’ll…

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