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

Natural disasters bring married couples closer, at least for awhile

Married couples are more satisfied with their relationships after living through a natural disaster. But the closeness doesn't often last.

Esther Robards-Forbes - UT Austin • futurity
Oct. 28, 2021 ~5 min

Urban areas across U.S. are undercounting greenhouse gas emissions

Methane emissions from the distribution and use of natural gas across U.S. cities are 2 to 10 times higher than recent estimates from the EPA.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 26, 2021 ~7 min

Asteroid, comet strikes stunted evolution of atmosphere

Collisions more common than thought and hampered growth of oxygen on planet, Harvard professor’s team finds.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 22, 2021 ~5 min

Coupling power and hydrogen sector pathways to benefit decarbonization

MIT-led team finds holistic optimization of electric power and hydrogen supply chain infrastructure is favorable for emission reductions and decreased infrastructure costs.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Oct. 21, 2021 ~9 min

Cities worldwide aren't adapting to climate change quickly enough

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and that share is growing. Rapid climate change could make many cities unlivable in the coming decades without major investments to adapt.

John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Oct. 20, 2021 ~9 min

How ‘managed retreat’ from climate change could revitalize rural America: Revisiting the Homestead Act

If rural communities plan carefully – and some already are – they can reinvent themselves as the perfect homes for people fleeing wildfire and hurricane zones.

Daniel R. Brooks, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto • conversation
Oct. 18, 2021 ~8 min