Brutal storms, rising seas, drought... you've seen the headlines. Our climate changed future seems pretty scary. But do all the messages about climate catastrope keep people from taking action to slow carbon emmissions or prepare for changing weather? What would happen if we looked to the future with hope?
Frances Moore Lappé has working toward sustainability and biodiversity for more than 40 years. But one day, in the middle of a conference about climate change, she started to wonder if people were telling the story all wrong.
There's a big debate among ecologists right now over whether we can have hope in the face of climate change. Science writer Emma Marris says we need it. And it’s not just newspaper headlines and environmental campaigns that need to change, we need to rethink “nature.”
Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Kyoto, Rio... it can be hard to keep track of all the international summits where global leaders have tried to tackle climate change. Do international climate negotiations do any good? Author and lobbyist Felix Dodds thinks so. Here's why...
Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction. This week, we introduce the “Lab Lit” movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals of scientists and science culture
Why aren't there more realistic portrayals of scientists in literary fiction? Cell biologist and novelist Jennifer Rohn founded LabLit.com, a website that's at the center of the new movement calling for more and better science in fiction.
National Book Award winner Andrea Barrett writes some of the most beautiful fiction we know about scientists. The stories in her new collection, "Archangel" explore the history of knowledge through five linked characters. After reading it, we're awfully glad she gave up biology to write fiction.
Polar science becomes art in the hands of novelist Lucy Jane Bledsoe ("Big Bang Symphony") and musician Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky). Here are some of their impressions of the continent they can't forget.
Best-selling writer Elizabeth Gilbert brings an intrepid 19th century woman botanist to life in her latest novel, "The Signature of All Things." In this conversation, she introduces us to the wonder of moss, Darwin's correspondance with "lady scientists" and the 16th century mystic, Jacob Boehme.
Many of the biggest ideas in science today were dreamed up in the studios of NY's avant garde artists. So says John Brockman. He was there. Today, he brings the same wide-ranging intellectual spirit to his online science salon, Edge.org.