Life on a Sustainable Planet

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A woman holds up a plastic container in front of her face. The container holds a juvenile salmon.

The planet is facing an existential challenge: the climate crisis is intensifying, biodiversity is receding, and whole ecosystems are changing at a rapid pace. Because of this, the quest for scientific knowledge and new technology has never been more urgent.

Yet, scientists and educators at the Smithsonian cannot help but feel optimistic.

Smithsonian researchers at our research centers, such as the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, help to identify potential new ways to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.