Electric ecology: we're discovering how animals and plants use electricity in ingenious ways

Many living organisms generate and even detect static electricity in their natural environments. We must understand more to ensure we don’t disturb these delicate processes.

Sam England, PhD researcher in Biological Sciences, University of Bristol • conversation
Nov. 11, 2021 ~6 min

On Twitter, fossil fuel companies' climate misinformation is subtle – here's what I'm seeing during COP26

Misinformation about climate change has been spreading in other ways, and social media companies have been reluctant to stop it.

Jill Hopke, Associate professor, DePaul University • conversation
Nov. 10, 2021 ~9 min


4 unexpected places where adults can learn science

Want to observe native bees? Or seek out invasive species? There are many ways to get hands-on science learning. An expert on adult STEM education suggests four places to start.

Jill Zarestky, Assistant Professor of Education, Colorado State University • conversation
Nov. 9, 2021 ~7 min

We discovered why giant pandas are black and white: here's how

The scientists who discovered that a giant panda’s distinctive markings provide camouflage from predators tell us about their latest work

Ossi Nokelainen, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Jyväskylä • conversation
Nov. 9, 2021 ~5 min

COP26: how unlocking nature's power can help the UK step up its fight against climate change

Nature-based solutions can help us sustainably tackle climate disasters - but to do that, they urgently need policy support.

Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 9, 2021 ~8 min

How unlocking nature's power can help the UK step up its fight against climate change

Nature-based solutions can help us sustainably tackle climate disasters - but to do that, they urgently need policy support.

Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 9, 2021 ~8 min

The new Global Methane Pledge can buy time while the world drastically reduces fossil fuel use

Of the big pledges so far at the UN climate conference, cutting methane could have the most immediate impact.

Jeff Nesbit, Research Affiliate, Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, Yale University • conversation
Nov. 8, 2021 ~6 min

If we don’t learn from past climate disasters, they will claim more lives in the future

Failures to respond adequately to the floods that hit Germany and Luxembourg in July 2021 must teach us how to prepare for future climate disasters.

Jeff Da Costa, PhD Researcher in Hydrometeorology, University of Reading • conversation
Nov. 8, 2021 ~8 min


Forests can't handle all the net-zero emissions plans – companies and countries expect nature to offset too much carbon

Yes, trees and soils can absorb and store carbon, but the carbon doesn’t stay stored forever. That’s one of the problems with how net-zero plans for the climate are being designed.

Kate Dooley, Research Fellow, Climate & Energy College, The University of Melbourne • conversation
Nov. 5, 2021 ~8 min

COP26: here's what it would take to end coal power worldwide

Coal is the dirtiest fuel source – eliminating it is a priority for tackling climate change.

Alex Clark, DPhil Candidate in Energy and Economics, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 4, 2021 ~7 min

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