A massive Saharan dust plume is moving into the southeast US, bringing technicolor sunsets and suppressing tropical storms
From June through October, it's not unusual for huge Saharan dust plumes to blow across the Atlantic. They can darken skies but also bring calmer weather and electric sunsets. Here's how they form.
June 25, 2020 • ~7 min
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Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.
June 25, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity
Climate models have been overestimating how much sunlight hits the Southern Ocean. This is because the clouds there are different from clouds anywhere else. Bacterial DNA helped us understand why.
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New model answers longstanding question of how these sudden flows happen; may expand understanding of Antarctic ice sheets.
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Solar geoengineering proposals will weaken extratropical storm tracks in both hemispheres, scientists find.
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A new framework for learning from each other.
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'Wet-bulb' temperature records show that deadly thresholds for heat and humidity are arriving faster than anticipated.
May 20, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate-change climate humidity temperature-records body-temperature extreme-heat heat-deaths
Online panel discussion hosted by MIT explores best practices for mitigating climate-related risk.
April 16, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: finance sustainability climate-change environment climate industry policy carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gases emissions research special-events-and-guest-speakers sloan-school-of-management mit-energy-initiative joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change oil-and-gas
Samuel Birch, a new Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Fellow at MIT, will investigate the surfaces of outer solar system objects.
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Committing to aggressive conservation efforts could rebuild ocean habitats and species populations in a few decades.
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