Pakistan’s floods are a disaster – but they didn't have to be

Framing floods as ‘natural disasters’ deflects from the reality that vulnerability must exist before a crisis can emerge.

Ilan Kelman, Professor of Disasters and Health, UCL • conversation
Sept. 20, 2022 ~6 min

Why does nature create patterns? A physicist explains the molecular-level processes behind crystals, stripes and basalt columns

Nature begins forming patterns at the molecular level – and sometimes they grow to enormous sizes.

Maxim Lavrentovich, Assistant Professor of Theoretical Biophysics, University of Tennessee • conversation
Sept. 19, 2022 ~7 min

2022's supercharged summer of climate extremes: How global warming and La Niña fueled disasters on top of disasters

A climate scientist explains the forces behind the summer’s extreme downpours and dangerous heat waves, and why new locations will be at risk in the coming year.

Kevin Trenberth, Distinguished Scholar, NCAR; Affiliated Faculty, University of Auckland • conversation
Sept. 15, 2022 ~11 min

Is your gas stove bad for your health?

Natural gas has been marketed for decades as a clean fuel, but a growing body of research shows that gas stoves can contribute significantly to indoor air pollution, as well as climate change.

Jonathan Levy, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University • conversation
Sept. 13, 2022 ~9 min

Do humans really need other species?

People wouldn’t last long without the countless other species we depend on for survival.

Tom Langen, Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
Aug. 29, 2022 ~9 min

America's summer of floods: What cities can learn from today's climate crises to prepare for tomorrow's

Flood risks are rising as the climate warms. The risks are complex, as a levee or new roadway in one place can worsen flooding somewhere else.

Richard B. (Ricky) Rood, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan • conversation
Aug. 25, 2022 ~9 min

Designing zeolites, porous materials made to trap molecules

MIT engineers are controlling pore openings for maximum molecule capture.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Aug. 24, 2022 ~16 min

A tale of two climate policies: India's UN commitments aim low, but its national policies are ambitious – here's why that matters

India’s international climate pledge could set the tone for other emerging economies for a decade.

Tarun Gopalakrishnan, Junior Fellow, Climate Lab, Tufts University • conversation
Aug. 23, 2022 ~10 min

Following nature’s lead could address water woes

Investing in nature could help states bolster water supplies and fight climate change. An expert explains how it would work—and how beavers can help.

Tom Johnson-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 22, 2022 ~6 min

Influential oil company scenarios for combating climate change don't actually meet the Paris Agreement goals, our new analysis shows

Most claiming to be compatible with the climate agreement show a strong continuing reliance on natural gas and coal.

Gaurav Ganti, Ph.D. Student in Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin • conversation
Aug. 16, 2022 ~6 min