Installing solar panels over California's canals could yield water, land, air and climate payoffs

Installing solar panels over California's 4,000 miles of canals could generate less expensive, renewable energy, save water, fight climate change – and offer a solution for the thirsty American West.

Brandi McKuin, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
May 3, 2021 ~10 min

Mammals face an uncertain future as global temperatures rise

Tracking species over their lifetimes can reveal their climate adaptation secrets.

Rob Salguero-Gómez, Associate Professor of Ecology, University of Oxford • conversation
April 26, 2021 ~6 min

Longer, more frequent droughts hit western US

Average temperatures have increased, annual rainfall has decreased, and droughts have become more variable in the American West over the last 50 years.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
April 22, 2021 ~6 min

Climate change threatens coffee – but we’ve found a delicious wild species that could help save your morning brew

Stenophylla's black cherries have brightened prospects for a coffee supply that can withstand rising disease, pests and droughts.

Aaron P Davis, Senior Research Leader, Plant Resources, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • conversation
April 19, 2021 ~7 min

Interstate water wars are heating up along with the climate

The Supreme Court recently dealt defeat to Florida in its 20-year legal battle with Georgia over river water. Other interstate water contests loom, but there are no sure winners in these lawsuits.

Robert Glennon, Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, University of Arizona • conversation
April 19, 2021 ~8 min

How the UK's first lockdown changed water habits – and risked shortages

With fewer people commuting, home water use changed radically overnight in March 2020.

Ruby Smith, Research Assistant in Geography, University of Manchester • conversation
March 22, 2021 ~7 min

How the UK's first lockdown changed our water habits – and risked shortages

With fewer people commuting, home water use changed radically overnight in March 2020.

Ruby Smith, Research Assistant in Geography, University of Manchester • conversation
March 22, 2021 ~7 min

Then and now: A 'megadrought' in California

See how extreme weather has affected an vital reservoir in California.

bbcnews
March 4, 2021 ~6 min

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

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