Natural disasters sway feelings about climate protections

Personal experience with natural disasters affects how people feel about protective policies like flood insurance and power shutoffs.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
March 9, 2022 ~7 min

War in Ukraine is changing energy geopolitics

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his country’s massive energy reserves effectively for political influence. But with war in Ukraine, nations are looking for ways to cut those ties.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
March 3, 2022 ~10 min

Future evolution: from looks to brains and personality, how will humans change in the next 10,000 years?

We’ll probably be less aggressive and more agreeable, but have smaller brains – a bit like a Golden Retriever, we’ll be friendly, but maybe not that interesting or bright.

Nicholas R. Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Bath • conversation
March 1, 2022 ~24 min

IPCC report: how politics – not climate change – is responsible for disasters and conflict

Decades of research shows disasters are caused human vulnerabilities rather than the climate itself.

Ilan Kelman, Professor of Disasters and Health, UCL • conversation
Feb. 28, 2022 ~8 min

Natural gas flares were behind dozens of early deaths in 2019

Flaring of natural gas from oil and gas fields in the United States, primarily in North Dakota and Texas, contributed to dozens of premature deaths.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Feb. 28, 2022 ~5 min

Green space access is not equal in the UK – and the government isn't doing enough to change that

The promised £39 million is not enough to ‘level up’ park provision in the UK.

Meredith Whitten, Fellow in Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science • conversation
Feb. 25, 2022 ~7 min

Digital sound archives can bring extinct birds (briefly) back to life

There are no more ivory-billed woodpeckers or Bachman’s Warblers on Earth, but they’ve left an echo behind.

Hannah Hunter, PhD Candidate in Geography and Planning, Queen's University, Ontario • conversation
Feb. 25, 2022 ~9 min

Wealthy countries still haven’t met their $100 billion pledge to help poor countries face climate change, and the risks are rising

The damage from storms, droughts and sea level rise is in the news almost daily. Some money is flowing to help poor countries, but what isn’t clear is how much impact the funds are having.

Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Assistant Director, Global Economic Governance Initiative, Global Development Policy Center, Boston University • conversation
Feb. 24, 2022 ~9 min

Millions of UK homes are at risk of flooding – here's how to protect yourself if you live in one of them

Six things you can do to help keep you and your home safe.

Paul Hudson, Lecturer in Environmental Economics (Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation), University of York • conversation
Feb. 24, 2022 ~5 min

Disasters can wipe out affordable housing for years unless communities plan ahead – the loss hurts the entire local economy

The most affordable homes face the highest risks from disasters for three key reasons.

Shannon Van Zandt, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University • conversation
Feb. 9, 2022 ~9 min