Global obsession with economic growth will increase risk of deadly pandemics in future

By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, we are taking huge risks with our future.

Julia Kreienkamp, Researcher at the Global Governance Institute, UCL • conversation
March 5, 2021 ~8 min

Your favorite fishing stream may be at high risk from climate change – here’s how to tell

Groundwater was once thought to buffer streams from warming, but an inexpensive new technique shows streams fed by shallow groundwater may be just as susceptible as those without.

Danielle Hare, Hydrogeologist, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Connecticut • conversation
March 4, 2021 ~6 min

How border walls threaten species trying to escape rising temperatures

Nearly 700 species of flightless mammal could be barred entry to cooler habitats due to national borders by 2070.

Stephen Willis, Professor of Conservation Ecology, Durham University • conversation
Feb. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Sea-level rise: writers imagined drowned worlds for centuries – what they tell us about the future

Cultures worldwide are awash with tales of great floods. What can they tell us about the reality of a wetter world?

Chelsea Haith, DPhil Candidate in Contemporary English Literature, University of Oxford • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~7 min

Climate change: what would 4°C of global warming feel like?

Climate models are likely underestimating the true severity of future warming in urban areas.

Robert Wilby, Professor of Hydroclimatic Modelling, Loughborough University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~8 min

Warming oceans will be extra hard on big fish

Large fish will find it particularly difficult to extract oxygen from warming oceans, researchers report.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

After a record 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, it's time to overhaul US disaster policy – here's how

NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.

Deb Niemeier, Clark Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~11 min

To boost emissions reductions from electric vehicles, know when to charge

MIT researchers develop novel EV emissions model to quantify importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Why snow days are becoming increasingly rare in the UK

Since 1979, the average number of snow days has fallen by about five per decade.

Eunice Lo, Research Associate in Climate Science, University of Bristol • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

MIT oceanographers have an explanation for the Arctic’s puzzling ocean turbulence

New study suggests waters will become more turbulent as Arctic loses summertime ice.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min