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

How marsh grass protects shorelines

As climate change brings greater threats to coastal ecosystems, new research can help planners leverage the wave-damping benefits of marsh plants.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 18, 2021 ~5 min

Why banning financing for fossil fuel projects in Africa isn't a climate solution

Major international donors, including the US, China and UK, are pledging to stop funding fossil fuel projects overseas, but they aren’t making the equivalent cuts at home.

Morgan Bazilian, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines • conversation
Oct. 14, 2021 ~9 min

Moving beyond America's war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires

Two forest researchers whose own communities were threatened by fires in 2021 explain how historic policies left forests at high risk of megafires.

Ryan E. Tompkins, Cooperative Extension Forester and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources • conversation
Oct. 13, 2021 ~11 min

Overseas trade has a hidden environmental 'disaster footprint' – new report

Foreign trade outsources both emissions and environmental hazards.

Laurie Parsons, Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London • conversation
Oct. 12, 2021 ~7 min

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: 'Explosive sex' wins top prize

An image of a bursting cloud of eggs and sperm as groupers mate in the Pacific is the judges' pick.

Oct. 12, 2021 ~5 min

Climate crisis: what can trees really do for us?

The world is a much better place for the extra carbon being absorbed by forests, but it can never entirely offset emissions.

Rose Pritchard, Presidential Fellow in Social-Environmental Systems, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester • conversation
Oct. 12, 2021 ~9 min