Baiae: A Roman settlement at the bottom of the sea

The Romans had few ways of knowing when an eruption or earthquake was coming. They were all but helpless when it came to protecting their town against the encroaching sea. But that’s no longer true. Today, a team of archaeologists and engineers are developing some surprising new technologies to protect the underwater site for future generations.

Millions of Americans think they’re safe from flood waters. They aren’t.

A row of cottages once stood where these two remaining buildings were located. Their removal is in the pattern of a disorganized and costly retreat forced by the sea, instead of a reasoned, orderly moving back in response to the sea-level rise. Severe coastal erosion, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of: © Andy Coburn Excerpts; A […]

Why so hot so early in the summer?

Alarmingly, though, the summer solstice this year saw one rather unexpected region hit an all-time high: Verkhoyansk, Russia—north of the Arctic Circle—recorded a temperature of 100.4°F, the hottest it’s been there since 1885.

Historic Michigan tribal burial ground threatened by coastal erosion

In June of 1662, hundreds of Native Americans from the Iroquois nation were killed on the shore of Lake Superior by local Chippewa defending their land. Now, 357 years later, the burial site of local natives killed in that battle is being threatened by an eroding shoreline fueled by the rising water levels of Lake Superior.