Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology history environments-sustainability alvin-powell michael-mccormick spanish-flu rainfall world-war-i alexander-more initiative-for-the-science-of-the-human-past long-island-university nottingham-university paul-mayewski university-of-maine

500 whales stranded in Tasmania – indigenous elders are best guides to understanding this tragedy

It's time to listen to warnings from the people of the Pacific.

Niki JP Alsford, Professor in Asia Pacific Studies, Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Institutes, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: marine-biology whales dolphins cetaceans marine-conservation tasmania pacific indigenous-knowledge whale-stranding maori-culture pacific-islanders

Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands

Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.

Scott Fitzpatrick, Professor of Anthropology + Associate Director, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: archaeology caribbean cuba radiocarbon-dating jamaica islands human-migration trinidad human-settlements artifacts human-settlement

Seaweed: The food and fuel of the future?

The farming of seaweed is accelerating as firms exploit its fast growth and green credentials.

By Adrienne Murray • bbcnews
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: plastic-pollution faroe-islands

New Guinea is #1 for island plant diversity

A new study that lists almost 14,000 plant species shows that New Guinea is the most diverse island on the planet when it comes to flora.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity plants science-and-technology earth-and-environment islands new-guinea

Heatwaves can kill – research uncovers the homes most vulnerable to overheating

Poverty and inequality affect the likelihood of your home overheating during heatwaves.

Stefan Bouzarovski, Professor of Human Geography, University of Manchester • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change global-warming heat-wave housing homes heatwave urban-heat-island overheating

Ancient tsunami may have struck Falkland Islands

Evidence of past underwater landslides suggests giant waves probably hit the British territory.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
March 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-science geology earthquakes indonesia oceans tsunamis falkland-islands

Market-based strategy could boost ocean conservation

A market-based system with the right incentives could bring more coastal and island nations together to improve ocean conservation efforts.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity money fishing oceans earth-and-environment islands

How the first people got to the Caribbean 5,800 years ago

Research finds that the first Caribbean islanders came straight from South America to the northern Caribbean, initially settling Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: archaeology migration caribbean society-and-culture islands

Arnold Arboretum uses new research and a moth to fight an invasive species

Scientists at the Arnold Arboretum are employing a species of predator moth to fight the invasive swallow-wort vine.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
Aug. 29, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  arnold-arboretum  andrew-gapinski  biocontrol  defoliating-moth  hypena-moth  hypena-opulenta  natural-predator  swallow-wort  university-of-rhode-island  vincetoxicum-nigrum  vincetoxicum-rossicum

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