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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Perfect droughts’ hit California water sources 6 times a century

Widespread "perfect droughts" affect southern California water sources about six times a century, according to a study of tree rings going back to 1126.

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 13, 2020 ~6 min

How deep roots help conifers survive drought

When conditions remain dry, do trees grow new roots to tap water sources or rely on established roots that already go deep? A new study has the answer.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Dec. 30, 2019 ~4 min

Aloe has a trick that thirsty crops could use

Aloe and other succulents can thrive as houseplants despite little water. New research suggests a cellular trick of aloe's could lead to drought-proof crops.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 6, 2019 ~3 min

Raise costs for water in cities to better handle droughts?

A new simulation shows how changing the incentives for using and storing water could help deal with droughts while also meeting demand.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Aug. 2, 2019 ~8 min