Summer weather sways honey bees’ winter survival

Temperature and rainfall during the summer strongly influences honey bee survival the following winter, researchers find.

Chuck Gill-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 11, 2021 ~8 min

Rising Mojave Desert temps hurt birds more than mammals

Climate change in the Mojave Desert affects birds like the prairie falcon a lot more than cactus mice and other mammals, a new study shows.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Feb. 8, 2021 ~6 min

Annual temp now tops those of the past 10,000 years

Scientists have resolved a key climate change mystery, the "Holocene temperature conundrum." They say their findings will challenge long-held views on the era's temperature history.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 28, 2021 ~4 min

Climate change: what would 4°C of global warming feel like?

Climate models are likely underestimating the true severity of future warming in urban areas.

Robert Wilby, Professor of Hydroclimatic Modelling, Loughborough University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~8 min

Pikas are adapting to climate change remarkably well, contrary to many predictions

Pikas – small cousins of rabbits – live mainly in the mountainous US west. They've been called a climate change poster species, but they're more adaptable than many people think.

Andrew Smith, Professor Emeritus of Life Sciences, Arizona State University • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~8 min

Coral survivors show some cope better with heatwaves

"Understanding how some corals can survive prolonged heatwaves could provide an opportunity to mitigate the impact of marine heatwaves on coral reefs..."

U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~5 min

To beat the winter blues, think like a Norwegian

This winter could be especially difficult because of COVID-19, but a researcher who's been studying the "Norwegian mindset" in colder months has a tip.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~8 min

A tropical fish evolved to endure rising temperatures – but it may not be fast enough to survive climate change

Species can evolve to tolerate higher temperatures – but there's a ceiling beyond which adaptation isn't possible.

Rachael Morgan, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ecophysiology, University of Glasgow • conversation
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Why is the sun’s atmosphere hotter than its surface?

A phenomenon first detected in the solar wind may help solve a mystery about the sun: why the solar atmosphere is millions of degrees hotter than the surface.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Dec. 11, 2020 ~8 min

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was a record-breaker, and it's raising more concerns about climate change

There were so many tropical storms in 2020, forecasters exhausted the list of names and started using Greek letters. And that's only one reason 2020 was extreme.

Allison Wing, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Florida State University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min