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.

Innovation

Using A/C outside is terrible for the climate

Qatar is doing it.

Innovation

SpaceX Mars city: Here’s how much Elon Musk's dream would cost

Elon Musk has placed a figure on the scheme that's out-of-this-world.

Science

UN Climate Summit: 5 Major Narratives to Know About

Here are five major stories heading into the UN's week-long climate summit.

Science

We Have One Last Chance to Save the Great Barrier Reef

The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef has been downgraded from “poor” to “very poor.”

Nature stories
Science

In Mexico, indigenous peoples and scientists race to save an iconic Aztec animal

Once mutually wary, farmers and scientists are working jointly to save a key ecosystem — and an endangered salamander.

Science

How is nature connected to well-being? It's complicated, scientists say

Experts reviewed hundreds of papers to draw scientific conclusions about our cultural and ecological connections to nature.

Reel Science

The most epic fantasy movie on HBO Max reveals a dark truth about real life

Princess Mononoke’s story reveals a nuance of how humans treat the climate crisis.

Disaster 101

Blackouts are likely this summer — here’s how to prepare

There are steps you can take to prepare yourself, and your home, for these times.

all dairy

Mysterious “milky seas” captured on camera for the first time

You’ve never seen anything like it.

Another scorcher!

Summer really is getting hotter — how to prepare and stay cool

Heat waves can be deadly — don't be caught off-guard. Here are a few simple ways you can prepare.

Harvest Season

Look: Gophers might be the first mammalian farmers besides humans

But they’re not the only animals that know how to cultivate.

Death orgy

45 million years later, a paleontologist realizes fossil frogs died having sex

Hopefully they had a good time.

concrete jungle

Look: 10 jaw-dropping images reveal nature running wild in cities

Fancy seeing you here!

Global Disaster

1.8 billion people face once-in-a-century flooding, study reveals

A shocking number of people globally are at risk of floods.

Reel Science

The best post-apocalypse movie of the century reveals a dark debate over humanity’s future

Climate doom is a serious threat in both science fiction and real life.

Climate Crisis

Climate change and air pollution are wrecking children’s health, a landmark review reveals

The research leaves no doubt about the devastating threat of climate change and air pollution to children.

Reel Science

The zaniest sci-fi movie on Netflix reveals a real way to manipulate the weather

Can you really control the weather? Here's what an expert has to say.

Trash talk

Watch: Superworms snacking on styrofoam could be the solution to the world's trash problem

Simply delicious!

What's in a Name?

Scientists were baffled by this fruit's quirky biology — but indigenous people knew the answer for centuries

Researchers are still catching up to traditional Indigenous knowledge when it comes to classifying plant species.

Protect Our Planet

Planting trees isn’t enough. Here’s why we need tiny man-made forests.

Mini-forests could be a key to climate adaptation.