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

Network sounds the alarm to prevent famine from drought

A group called FEWS NET identifies famine risk factors and issues alerts to humanitarian NGOs and government agencies. Here's how it works.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
July 31, 2019 ~8 min

Sierra Nevada pools and riffles are in trouble

"The high elevation zone you love to hike around in, and streams that you love to go fishing in, and places that you look to as your refuge for solace are changing."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
April 8, 2019 ~5 min

To offset drought, retrofit older power plants

A retrofit for some older power plants could mitigate the surprisingly large impact of drought on their capacity.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
March 27, 2019 ~5 min

Free ‘Drought Eye’ maps depict thermal stress

The free public website Drought Eye shows locations across the continental US where drought conditions may be occurring.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
March 5, 2019 ~4 min