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

Other Earths

Future Earth 2121

The future of Earth is 5 other planets

And one bonus prize.

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Leaders of Tomorrow

Future Earth 2021

What will Earth look like in 2121? 10 young leaders give their predictions

What do you hope Earth looks like in 2121?

Chris Barker
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
Survival of the Fittest

4 ways the climate crisis is causing animals to ‘shapeshift’

Scientists explain the bizarre ways animal bodies adapt to a warming world.

Adaptation

These 5 resilient cities can teach us how to survive the climate crisis

These cities can teach other urban spaces how to move forward.

How to Save a Planet

To avoid catastrophe, this shocking amount of fossil fuels must stay in the ground

Scientists stress 60 percent of oil and fossil methane gas and 90 percent of coal must stay in the ground to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 °C.

Wild Weed

Why illegal cannabis farms are a lethal threat to wildlife

Scientists reveal the hidden environmental repercussions of illegal cannabis farms.

Storm Surge

Hurricane Ida and climate change: Scientists explain the deadly connection

Plus four things cities must do to prepare for future superstorms.

How to Save a Planet

These 12 places could be the key to saving the planet — study

To save the planet, we need to think more strategically, experts say.

Climate Crisis

UN climate report: 3 big findings you need to know ASAP

There’s no use sugarcoating it: the report’s findings are urgently dire.

Science

This tree could be key to saving the Earth — if we can regrow it right

They’re sponges for greenhouse gases — but replanting after disaster has been difficult.

Toxic

This type of cannabis can suck "forever chemicals" out of the ground

How the Micmac nation, scientists, and activists teamed up to eradicate PFAS.

Climate crisis

Amazon rainforest: The 2 actions that could reverse a terrible, growing trend

How the world's "lungs" became a massive polluter.

Ancient Stoners

Scientists discover the ancient birthplace of marijuana

The origin story of cannabis is wilder than you think.

Video Games Issue 2021

The best Western RPG ever made has a surprising real-life benefit

Behold the immersive power of gaming.