60-Second Earth

Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute report on the science of the environment and the future of energy. Scientific American offers three other podcasts: the daily "60-Second Science" and the weekly "60-Second Psych" as well as "Science Talk." To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

21:02:11 2015-02-23
National Park Service researchers recorded ambient sound from all over the country to find out where there’s still stillness. David Biello reports
21:01:50 2015-02-15
Life thrives even deep inside Earth and scientists are beginning to suspect extensive connections among those underground environments. David Biello reports
21:01:41 2015-02-08
The long-term winter warming of Russia’s far north has gotten a boost from industrialization. David Biello reports
21:01:34 2015-02-01
The biggest single source of global warming pollution actually started to shrink in 2014. David Biello reports
21:01:40 2015-01-28
The value of recycling depends on the material in question and whether all hidden costs and benefits go into the analysis. David Biello reports  
21:01:28 2015-01-21
Desire for gold has made mining in tropical forests financially worthwhile, leading to ecosystem destruction. Cynthia Graber reports  
21:01:28 2015-01-12
Low oil prices present an opportunity to come to grips with our crumbling infrastructure and the cost of climate change. David Biello reports  
21:01:41 2014-12-30
Researchers announced the discovery of 98 beetle species previously unknown to science. David Biello reports  
21:01:36 2014-12-22
The Sundarbans, part of the world's largest mangrove forest and stretching across India and Bangladesh, have been tarnished by a 350,000-liter oil spill. David Biello reports  
21:01:28 2014-12-15
Good news for gas and oil consumers can be bad news for the environment. David Biello reports
21:01:28 2014-11-28
The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. David Biello reports
21:01:57 2014-11-24
When the Sun's magnetic field is pointed away from Earth, lightning strikes in the U.K. go up 50 percent. Christopher Intagliata reports
21:01:40 2014-11-18
A new tool may help officials crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. David Biello reports
21:04:16 2014-11-11
Protected land and sea areas serve the wildlife within them as well as the humans who live near them. But countries are backtracking on their financial commitments to these vital regions. Steve Mirsky reports  
21:01:31 2014-11-02
The  United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 's new synthesis report adds urgency to the need to cut additional greenhouse gas pollution
21:01:30 2014-10-28
Plastic-removal machines will enable Ghana's e-waste recoverers to get at valuable metal guts without burning off the exteriors. David Biello reports  
21:01:31 2014-10-19
A breakthrough in fusion could solve the world's energy problems, but remains improbable. David Biello reports
21:01:27 2014-10-13
Infected gorillas and chimps butchered for meat may be behind Ebola outbreaks. David Biello reports  
21:01:31 2014-10-05
A World Wildlife Fund report estimates losses of 40 percent of all individual land and sea animals, and a 70 percent population crash of all river animals, since 1970. David Biello reports  
21:01:17 2014-09-20
Participlants in the People's Climate March in New York City September 21st hope to persuade world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit that follows. David Biello reports  
21:01:26 2014-09-16
The world united to combat the ozone hole, can we do the same for climate change? David Biello reports
21:01:28 2014-09-07
The mighty blue whale is back after being nearly hunted to extinction. David Biello reports
21:01:30 2014-08-24
The first step in solving the world's forest problem is recognizing the world's forest problem. David Biello reports
21:01:17 2014-08-17
A physicist may have dreamed up a new way to clean up oil spills. David Biello reports
21:01:38 2014-08-11
Legal ivory markets that are supposed to only deal in stockpiles and antiques inevitably launder poached ivory. Close them all, says WCS vice president for species conservation. David Biello reports  
21:01:41 2014-08-03
Cyanobacteria fed by nutrients carried over the Atlantic in African dust may have initiated the process by which, over millions of years, calcium carbonate collected to build the Bahamas. David Biello reports  
21:01:28 2014-07-27
Of four common corals and algae tested, three still produced shells in conditions that mimic oceans if atmospheric CO2 concentrations reached 1,000 ppm. David Biello reports  
21:01:33 2014-07-21
At test sites, the exposure of rock by ants accelerated the absorption of atmospheric CO 2 by the rock by as much as 335 times compared with ant-free areas. David Biello reports  
21:01:31 2014-07-14
How existing cities expand and new cities emerge will determine how humanity fares in the 21st century. David Biello reports  
21:01:37 2014-06-29
Environmental destruction—from smuggling elephant tusks to illegal dumping of toxic waste—generates as much as $213 billion annually for criminals and terrorists. David Biello reports  
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