Miami is basically screwed. Half the city’s population lives within four feet of sea level. Depending on who you ask, that level is expected to rise between three and 30 feet by the end of this century. And the projections seem to get worse and worse.

It’s bad news for Floridians, but good news for the future residents of Miami: sea creatures. Scientists already know that marine life is willing and able to colonize man-made structures underwater. Sunken ships, piers, and abandoned offshore drilling platforms evolve into artificial reefs, supporting a variety of organisms by providing shelter where there had been none. Soon, parts of Miami become a modern Atlantis, harboring a diverse colony of underwater life.

It doesn’t take long for algae and other microscopic life to start to grow on undersea structures. These early colonizers pave the way for things like shrimp, snails, and some types of fish. Corals, urchins, sea stars, mussels, and clams will begin to move in, attaching themselves to Miami’s rotting corpse.

As the colony grows, those higher up on the food chain will certainly take notice. Fish will come for food and shelter, and bigger fish will come to eat the smaller ones. Soon the seals, whales, and dolphins will come, too. One recent study found that seals actually cruise offshore wind farms looking for grub, which is pretty decent evidence that a good thing is going on there.

How diverse, productive, and resilient undersea Miami will be as an ecosystem remains to be seen. Ocean acidification, another horrible side effect of humanity’s fossil fuel addiction, treatens the survival of shell-forming sea life, and could destroy food webs dissastrously and irrepairably. Corals, which form the reefs that are the foundation for so much coastal life, are also particularly vulnerable. But for the creatures that can adapt to the oceans of the future, after the natural reefs die off, submerged cityscapes may provide a safe haven.

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Climate change is not a predicted threat but a catastrophe currently afflicting humankind. The summer of 2018 was a testament to this fact: The season witnessed record heat waves around the planet, unprecedented flooding events, and wildfires unmatched in magnitude and scope. California’s wildfires, which continue to ravage the state, are the worst in its history, and even the chilled Arctic Circle experienced historic outbreaks.

One hundred meters off the coast of Noli, Italy, scuba divers approach a pod of 2,000-liter acrylic demi-spheres that resemble giant jellyfish standing at the bottom of the ocean. Anchored to the ocean floor by ropes, chains, and screws, the biospheres surround a half-ton metal tree that serves as a 12-foot-tall cable protector. But take a closer look: bright, fresh plants are inside, thriving 15-36 feet below the surface.

As Albus Dumbledore famously told Voldemort in one epic Harry Potter duel, some fates are worse than death. It’s just as true in the wizarding world as it is in the dwindling realm of the bumblebee. As a pair of videos published with a new Science study show, certain insecticides may not kill the bees outright but instead inflict a social toll that’s subtle but ultimately could be so devastating that immediate death might be preferable.

It’s that time of year where the pressure’s on to find super cool gifts for the people you love. Instead of scrambling around this year for last-minute gifts, why not head over to one of our favorite lifestyle product sites, Huckberry, and take a look at the Levimoon, which you’ve probably guessed by now is a levitating moon.

As humans, we can’t help but occasionally believe in things that aren’t true. At times, doing so is relatively harmless: Believing in Santa Claus, for example, isn’t that damaging. But other times, false beliefs — like thinking that climate change is a Chinese hoax — can be harmful to society as a whole. New research from Yale University shows that some people are more susceptible to adopting those false beliefs than others.