1 western butterfly population has dropped 99.9% since the 1980s

Autumn warming may explain a decline in Western butterfly populations. One species, the western monarch, has declined 99.99% since the 1980s.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
March 23, 2021 ~10 min

Method detects tiny plastic bits in Montreal snow

As the snow melts, it leaves behind micro- and nano-plastics, according to a new study in Montreal.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
March 22, 2021 ~3 min

Targeted ocean protection could offer 3X the benefits

If strongly protected, specific areas of the ocean could help solve climate, food, and biodiversity crises around the world.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
March 22, 2021 ~12 min

Feeding cows seaweed could cut burp emissions by 82%

Just a little bit of seaweed could reduce the methane emissions from cow burps by a huge amount without affecting the taste of beef or milk.

Diane Nelson-UC Davis • futurity
March 19, 2021 ~6 min

Lettuce grows just fine in solar-panel greenhouses

Lettuce grows well in greenhouses made of clear solar panels. "We were a little surprised—there was no real reduction in plant growth or health."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
March 18, 2021 ~6 min

Put a cryogenic ‘ark’ in the moon’s lava tubes?

Researchers propose a "lunar ark" that would store cryogenically frozen seed, spore, sperm, and egg samples from 6.7 million Earth species.

Emily Dieckman-Arizona • futurity
March 18, 2021 ~8 min

Northeast ‘ghost forests’ multiply as waters rise

"Ghost forests" filled with dead trees are becoming a growing phenomenon in parts of the Northeast. New research offers two explanations.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 17, 2021 ~5 min

Team finds intact plant fossils under Greenland ice sheet

Large, well-preserved fossils found under Greenland's ice sheet reveal several million years of details about its climate and plant life.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
March 16, 2021 ~6 min

Even rice bred for heat loses yields at high temps

The advantage of newer rice varieties bred to withstand increased heat was too small to be statistically significant, report researchers.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
March 15, 2021 ~6 min

Climate change is altering rivers around the world

River flow has changed significantly in recent decades across the globe. A new study shows points the finger at climate change.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
March 15, 2021 ~6 min