Outdoor heaters are very inefficient – here's how to keep warm outdoors more sustainably

This winter will see more outdoor socialising than ever before.

Sharon George, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Keele University • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Hydrogen: where is low-carbon fuel most useful for decarbonisation?

Hydrogen is feted as the key to a dynamic green economy. But is it the best choice for decarbonisation in all cases?

Valeska Ting, Professor of Smart Nanomaterials, University of Bristol • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~17 min

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Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C – but we can act now to stop it

Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate.

John Lynch, Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 ~7 min

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Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters

The pattern of autumn sea ice growth has been completely disrupted, but are we really headed for a tipping point?

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Wildfires force thousands to evacuate near Los Angeles: Here's how the 2020 Western fire season got so extreme

The 2020 wildfire season has shattered records across the West. It's a trend that's headed in a dangerous direction.

Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Ph.D. Student, McGill University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Harvard climate change expert discusses extreme heat

With the threat of extreme heat rising, from California to Siberia, we ask climate scientist Peter Huybers what to expect in the future.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Sept. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Live fast, die small: how global heating is simplifying the world's ecosystems

We studied a rocky shore to see how global changes are playing out within habitats.

Miguel Lurgi, Lecturer in Biosciences, Swansea University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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When it gets hot, asphalt boosts city air pollution

Asphalt is a significant source of air pollutants in urban areas, especially on hot and sunny days, researchers report.

William Weir-Yale • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Five cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home

As the UK heads into a recession, here are some simple - and cheap - tips to reduce utility bills and make less of an impact on the planet.

Stephen McCarthy, Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Business Information Systems, University College Cork • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Cool touch shirts can make you feel cool on hot days, but which materials work best?

More companies are selling products that claim to keep you cool on hot days. But it turns out that common materials used in sports clothing may not always be the best.

Susan L. Sokolowski, Director & Associate Professor of Sports Product Design, University of Oregon • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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