The Arctic Ocean: So Much We Still Don't Know An expedition to core the Arctic Ocean has uncovered fascinating facets of the Arctic's past over the last 65 million years. What the new research is primarily revealing is how much we have yet to learn. Kathryn Moran and Jan Backman
Democracy, GDP and Natural Disasters A groundbreaking new analysis of the effects of natural disasters around the world is revealing that the greater the democracy and national income, the lesser the impact of natural disasters on a country. Gregory E. van der Vink and co-authors
Examining Antarctica Print Exclusive Last austral summer, an international research team met in Antarctica to pull up a core that is revealing much about the last 14 million years in Antarctica. Tim Naish, Ross Powell, Rich Levy and the ANDRILL-MIS Science Team
Polar Robots Do a Cold Job Print Exclusive Though human scientists will continue to travel to dangerous and cold corners of the planet to perform research, robotic rovers will increasingly do some of the dirty work. New polar robots are doing just that. Derrick J. Lampkin
TRENDS & INNOVATIONS Europe’s Seas on the Brink of Disaster? A new report indicates that Europe’s seas are in bad shape and face growing challenges, thanks to coastal development, overuse of fertilizers, overfishing and other human-induced problems. There is still time to save the seas, however. Nicole Branan
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viewsA COMMENT ON ... Coastal Development: The Galveston Case, Part I Our coastlines are being developed at a breakneck pace, despite calls to protect natural systems from scientists. However, researchers have a not-so-secret weapon that helps to convince the public of the error of its ways: geologic hazard maps. Jim Gibeaut
A POLITICAL COMMENT ON... Energy Independence and Climate Change: Linked but Separate Many politicians see linking energy and climate change solutions as a win-win option, but it’s far more complicated than that, as many of the energy independence solutions are contrary to climate change solutions and vice versa. Josh Trapani
GEOLOGIC COLUMN Flicking Out on Mother Earth Films about Earth are becoming increasingly popular, as the author realized during visits to some of the world’s finest film festivals. Fred Schwab
coverON THE COVER Polar bears are the largest predator in the Arctic, but they are losing ground as the climate changes. Read more about how the Arctic has changed in the past in this issue. Image is copyright Digital Vision.