Future Earth 2121

For Earth Day 2021, Inverse is looking ahead, way ahead. Future Earth is a week-long special issue filled with original reporting on how our planet will change over the next 100 years. We report how the apocalypse scenarios from the movies we watch could come true. We offer guides for board games that signal our future doesn’t have to be left to chance. We argue that pop culture convinces us better than any politician that the planet’s creatures are worth it. Future Earth declares again that the future is up to us.

Katie Carey
2050 stories
Culture

Biodiversity loss is making humanity sicker

By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in towns and cities.

Science

Inverse Daily: Carbon-neutral by 2050

In the wake of the news that the 2010s was the hottest-ever decade on record, many are asking what an be done to stop the trend? ‌‌ ‌‌ ‌‌ ‌‌ ‌‌ ‌‌ ‌‌

Science

The Netherlands is sinking and an iconic Dutch symbol is to blame

“In 100 years, sea level rise as a result of climate change is a bigger problem for the Netherlands."

Science

Climate scientist: Our profession is letting down humanity

Forty years of these efforts have not had any impact on the carbon course of humanity.

Science

9 things we love that are being destroyed by climate change

Time to step it up a notch as we enter a new decade.

Science

Climate change: 6 positive stories from around the world in 2019

Climate researchers have not given up hope for our planet.

Innovation

Solar panels will continue to decline in price in the 2020s

The sun is set to shine on solar energy.

Culture

The dark side of plant-based food

Food trends are far more political — and economically motivated — than it seems.

Innovation

Don't discount carbon capture just yet, study says. It could go underwater.

Environmentalists have been reluctant in the past, but scientists say it could really work.

Science

I quit flying for a year. Here's what I learned during my year off.

Air travel only accounts for about three percent of warming, so why all the fuss?

Science

The 5 corrupt pillars of climate change denial

Why are we allowing the people with the most privilege and power to delay us from saving the planet?

Science

To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn’t

With the tools we have now, we can’t create new breeds and cultivars fast enough to cope with the rapidly changing conditions.

Nature stories
Sound of silence

We can't hear a vanishing species, but they are capable of sound

The vibrancy of coral extends beyond what we can see on the surface.

Future Earth 2121

What would happen if the polar ice caps melted?

The 3 percent

Scientists reveal the 6 places on Earth where we can restore animal life

Odd Couple

10 images of unlikely animal relationships

These animals take “opposites attract” to the next level.

Science of the Sun

1 big pro and 4 cons of solar geoengineering

Gene Theory

Plant DNA found for the first time in animals, bizarre study reveals

Nature Nightmare

Why peanut butter could trigger the next pandemic

There’s a deadly link between pandemics, forests, and peanut butter.

Lost and Found

'Zombie' species: 7 'extinct' animals rediscovered by science

Peek into nature’s lost-and-found bin.

Weed Worries

Weed’s next big problem is the wrong type of green

The environmental impact of marijuana, explained.

Dream Teams

The team behind your favorite nature documentaries risked it all for flamingos

“It was like buying a ticket to the lottery.”

Reel science

The best adventure game on Apple Arcade will change the way you think about nature

Reconnect with Mother Nature through a simple swipe of your phone.

Slime Time

Single-cell organism's memories twists our understanding of intelligent life

Even the simplest of creatures may be able to make memories.