Western wildfires are spinning off tornadoes – here’s how fires create their own freakish weather

Persistent heat waves and dry lightning are part of the problem. For firefighters, the erratic behavior gets dangerous quickly.

Leila Carvalho, Professor of Meteorology and Climatology, University of California, Santa Barbara • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

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21st century Texas climate will rival ‘megadroughts’

Thanks to climate change, Texas will soon face the driest conditions in 1,000 years, researchers report.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Climate change: why farmers are among our best guides for making sense of topsy-turvy weather

Farmer interviews offer a rich and detailed perspective on extreme weather and climate change.

Paul Merchant, Oral Historian and Researcher, British Library • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Climate change could wreck traditional sheep farming in Wales

Recent summers have offered a taste of things to come for Welsh farmers.

Mariecia Fraser, Reader in Upland Agroecology, Aberystwyth University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

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Climate change may spark more Pacific Northwest wildfires

"We can't attribute single fire events to climate change. But the trends in large fire events... are consistent with expected trends in a warming climate."

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~5 min

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How dead trees help forests tolerate drought

Some forests, particularly in more arid regions, have become more drought tolerant, primarily thanks to the death of less hardy trees.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
March 31, 2020 ~6 min

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Dung beetles help rainforests regrow – but extreme drought and wildfires in the Amazon are killing them off

A new study finds 70% of Amazonian dung beetles were killed by the severe fire and droughts of 2015 to 2016. By spreading seeds and poop, dung beetles fertilize forests and aid regrowth of vegetation.

Joice Ferreira, Researcher in Ecology, Federal University of Pará • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Richer countries must do more to help those already experiencing the climate crisis

Our research has brought us into contact with multiple communities whose lives are increasingly precarious thanks to climate change.

Morten Fibieger Byskov, Postdoctoral Researcher in International Politics, University of Warwick • conversation
March 3, 2020 ~7 min

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West Coast water trouble will head east

Thanks to climate change, "the East Coast could start looking like the West Coast from a water standpoint. That's going to be a real challenge."

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Feb. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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