Have climate change predictions matched reality? Podcast

How scientists are improving their understanding of the connection between extremes and climate change – and what’s to come. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.

Daniel Merino, Assistant Science Editor & Co-Host of The Conversation Weekly Podcast • conversation
Sept. 23, 2021 ~5 min

Pinpointing the role of climate change in every storm is impossible – and a luxury most countries can't afford

Rapid attribution studies reveal climate change’s influence on the weather, but they’re expensive and time-consuming.

Luke Harrington, Senior Research Fellow in Climate Science, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington • conversation
Sept. 20, 2021 ~6 min

Drought drives plant diversity more than temp

The effects of drought on plant variety around the world could change our understanding of future diversity in a warming world.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 16, 2021 ~7 min

Western fires are burning higher in the mountains and at unprecedented rates as the climate warms

As the risk of fires rises in areas once considered too wet to burn, it creates hazards for mountain communities and for downstream water supplies.

Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Ph.D. Student in Engineering, McGill University • conversation
Sept. 13, 2021 ~9 min

Fire, drought, and lax enforcement threaten Amazon biodiversity

Biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest is under threat from forest fires, drought, and changes in enforcement of environmental policies on deforestation.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 3, 2021 ~9 min

Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine

The country is on the brink of experiencing the world's first "climate change famine", the UN says.

Aug. 24, 2021 ~4 min

When hotter and drier means more – but eventually less – wildfire

Not all forests respond to hotter and drier conditions in the same way.

Jeremy Littell, Research Ecologist - Climate Impacts, US Geological Survey • conversation
Aug. 19, 2021 ~9 min

As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it's time to focus on reducing demand

A long-expected federal drought declaration underlines how serious the Colorado River water shortage has become for Western states.

Robert Glennon, Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, University of Arizona • conversation
Aug. 16, 2021 ~10 min

4 ways extreme heat hurts the economy

Much of the US has been experiencing heat waves in recent weeks. An economist explains how the often record-high temperatures can affect the economy.

Derek Lemoine, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Arizona • conversation
Aug. 2, 2021 ~7 min

Finding answers to the world's drinking water crisis

Scientists are racing to come up with technologies that can solve the world's clean water shortage.

Aug. 1, 2021 ~8 min