Texas fires: Burned rangeland can recover quickly, but cattle ranchers face struggles ahead to find and feed their herds

Over 1 million acres have burned in Texas’ largest wildfire on record, and more days of strong winds are forecast across the Panhandle, the heart of Texas’ cattle country.

Karen Hickman, Professor and Director of Environmental Science, Oklahoma State University • conversation
March 1, 2024 ~6 min

Remembering the 1932 Ford Hunger March: Detroit park honors labor and environmental history

On March 7, workers at the Ford Rouge River plant marched for better working conditions, sparking America’s labor movement. Almost a century later, a quiet park honors their memory.

Paul Draus, Professor of Sociology; Director, Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Michigan-Dearborn • conversation
March 1, 2024 ~8 min

The world’s business and finance sectors can do much more to reverse deforestation – here’s the data to prove it

A recently published report sheds light on how 350 big companies and 150 financial institutions are falling behind with goals to halt and reverse deforestation.

Mary Gagen, Professor of Physical Geography, Swansea University • conversation
March 1, 2024 ~7 min

Panda diplomacy: what China’s decision to send bears to the US reveals about its economy

The arrival of two giant pandas in San Diego is a sign of China’s need to make friends in the US tech industries.

Chee Meng Tan, Assistant Professor of Business Economics, University of Nottingham • conversation
March 1, 2024 ~6 min

AI could transform ethics committees

Simon Kolstoe argues that while AI can greatly assist in ethics reviews, it cannot make an ethical decision.

Simon Kolstoe, Associate Professor of Bioethics, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Feb. 29, 2024 ~7 min

Plants are flowering earlier than ever – here’s how they sense the seasons

And are flowering earlier as a result of the climate crisis.

Paul Ashton, Head of Biology, Edge Hill University • conversation
Feb. 29, 2024 ~7 min

Three ways climate change is pushing butterflies and moths to their limits

Climate change puts pressure on British butterflies and moths - sometimes pushing them to the edges of their geographical range or shifting the timing of their life cycle so they can’t feed.

Elizabeth Duncan, Associate Professor of Zoology, University of Leeds • conversation
Feb. 29, 2024 ~8 min

Climate comedy works − here’s why, and how it can help lighten up a politically heavy year in 2024

Jokes can be a healing contagion as they expose hypocrisy, spark laughter and open minds.

Beth Osnes, Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Feb. 29, 2024 ~7 min

We’ve been here before: AI promised humanlike machines – in 1958

Enthusiasm for the capabilities of artificial intelligence – and claims for the approach of humanlike prowess –has followed a boom-and-bust cycle since the middle of the 20th century.

Danielle Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy of Science, Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis • conversation
Feb. 29, 2024 ~8 min

What is IVF? A nurse explains the evolving science and legality of in vitro fertilization

IVF is a decades-old procedure that has allowed increasing numbers of prospective parents to have children. Evolving legislation may put it under threat.

Heidi Collins Fantasia, Associate Professor of Nursing, UMass Lowell • conversation
Feb. 29, 2024 ~7 min