Start of rainy season predicts food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa

The onset of the rainy season can affect food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa as much as the amount of rain farmers receive overall, a new study shows.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Jan. 26, 2021 ~7 min

Forests go into growth 'overdrive' to recover from drought – new study

Trees may be more resilient to future dry spells than scientists first thought.

Alistair Jump, Professor of Plant Ecology, University of Stirling • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~6 min

Extreme droughts may hit 2X as many people by century’s end

Global land area and the number of people suffering from the effects of extreme drought could more than double by the late 21st century, experts warn.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~4 min

Two-thirds of Earth's land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms – that's a problem for people, crops and forests

The projected loss of water storage on land as global temperatures rise is especially alarming in the Southern Hemisphere – and in parts of the US.

Yadu Pokhrel, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

Solving desalination mystery paves way for cheaper clean water

A breakthrough in understanding desalination membranes could boost efficiency and make it cheaper to get clean water from salty water.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~5 min

Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020

Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.

Wilson Chan, PhD Researcher in Drought Risk, University of Reading • conversation
Dec. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Farmers are depleting the Ogallala Aquifer because the government pays them to do it

An invisible crisis is brewing in US farm country as the overpumped Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer drains. The key drivers are federal farm subsidies and the tax code.

Jacob A. Miller, PhD Student in Sociology, Kansas State University • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~10 min

Wildfires force thousands to evacuate near Los Angeles: Here's how the 2020 Western fire season got so extreme

The 2020 wildfire season has shattered records across the West. It's a trend that's headed in a dangerous direction.

Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Ph.D. Student, McGill University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Multiple droughts can be a mixed bag for forests

When multiple droughts build on each other, they affect forests differently than one drought alone. Researchers are beginning to understand how and why.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Looser standards for showerheads could send a lot of water and money down the drain

The Trump administration is trying to roll back a regulation that requires showerheads to conserve water and saves owners an average of $70 and nearly 3,000 gallons of water yearly per showerhead.

Robert Glennon, Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, University of Arizona • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~8 min