2021’s biggest climate and weather disasters cost the U.S. $145 billion – here's what climate science says about them in 5 essential reads

Devastating wildfires, the Texas freeze and a hurricane that wreaked havoc from Louisiana to New York City topped NOAA’s list of billion-dollar disasters in 2021. (CHECK LIST)

Stacy Morford, Environment + Climate Editor • conversation
Jan. 10, 2022 ~10 min

Energy prices are unlikely to fall in 2022 or beyond – not until major importers get serious about green transition

Oil and gas have been on a roller coaster these past two years – here’s why.

Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick • conversation
Jan. 6, 2022 ~9 min


4 New Year's resolutions for a healthier environment in 2022

An environmental health scholar shares four resolutions to improve your relationship with the environment – and its prospects for the future.

Viniece Jennings, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Agnes Scott College • conversation
Dec. 27, 2021 ~7 min

Harvard-led research on ancient Britain spans language, ancestry, kinship, milk

Two new studies highlight technological advances in large-scale genomics and open windows into the lives of ancient people.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Dec. 23, 2021 ~6 min

Devastating Colorado fires cap a year of climate disasters in 2021, with one side of the country too wet, the other dangerously dry

US disasters in 2021 told a tale of two climate extremes. A climate scientist explains why wet areas are getting wetter and dry areas drier.

Shuang-Ye Wu, Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, University of Dayton • conversation
Dec. 21, 2021 ~9 min

2021’s climate disasters revealed an east-west weather divide, with one side of the country too wet, the other dangerously dry

US disasters in 2021 told a tale of two climate extremes. A climate scientist explains why wet areas are getting wetter and dry areas drier.

Shuang-Ye Wu, Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, University of Dayton • conversation
Dec. 21, 2021 ~8 min

Smoke, heat and stress: A snapshot from Southern California of life in an altered climate

Southern California is on the front line of climate change, and recent survey data shows that residents are feeling its effects in many ways.

Kyla Thomas, Sociologist, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
Dec. 14, 2021 ~7 min

Tornadoes and climate change: What a warming world means for deadly twisters and the type of storms that spawn them

Climate models can’t see tornadoes yet, but they can recognize the conditions for tornadoes to form. An atmospheric scientist explains what that means for forecasting future risks.

John Allen, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Central Michigan University • conversation
Dec. 13, 2021 ~8 min


Why the southern US is prone to December tornadoes

Tornadoes in December aren’t unusual in the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley states, but the Dec. 10-11 outbreak was extreme and far-reaching.

Kelsey Ellis, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Tennessee • conversation
Dec. 12, 2021 ~8 min

Figuring out omicron – here's what scientists are doing right now to understand the new coronavirus variant

Careful lab work will complement public health data as researchers worldwide focus on omicron, asking questions about contagiousness, severity of disease and whether vaccines hold up against it.

Peter Kasson, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia • conversation
Dec. 9, 2021 ~9 min

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