Wildfires force thousands to evacuate near Los Angeles: Here's how the 2020 Western fire season got so extreme

The 2020 wildfire season has shattered records across the West. It's a trend that's headed in a dangerous direction.

Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Ph.D. Student, McGill University • conversation
today ~8 min

Tags: climate-change climate science heat-wave drought natural-disasters wildfires weather

Arctic Ocean: why winter sea ice has stalled, and what it means for the rest of the world

The Laptev Sea is one of the Arctic's biggest nurseries of new sea ice in winter, but Siberia's record summer heat may have halted production.

Jonathan Bamber, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Bristol • conversation
yesterday ~5 min

Tags: climate-change siberia sea-ice arctic-ocean greenland-ice-sheet cryosphere

Norway's Supreme Court set to rule on whether the country can keep searching for new Arctic oil

Landmark case highlights the conflict between immediate climate action and a gradual transition to renewables.

Suryapratim Roy, Assistant Professor of Regulatory Law, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change environmental-law norway energy-policy sustainable-development

Why lockdown had little to no effect on global temperatures

Some atmospheric pollutants actually help cool the planet, but the sudden shutdown of heavy industry threatened to purge them.

James Weber, PhD Candidate in Atmospheric Chemistry, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 coronavirus air-pollution transport-emissions lockdown global-emissions global-temperature

Restoring seagrasses can bring coastal bays back to life

Healthy seagrasses form underwater meadows teeming with fish and shellfish. A successful large-scale restoration project in Virginia could become a model for reseeding damaged seagrass beds worldwide.

Karen McGlathery, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 20, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: climate-change ecology fisheries water-pollution coasts ecosystem-services coastal-development oceans atlantic-ocean virginia seagrass ecological-restoration seagrass-meadows

Political leaders’ views on COVID-19 risk are highly infectious in a polarized nation – we see the same with climate change

Research and a recent campaign rally show how political leaders' rhetoric can shape risk perceptions among their loyal followers.

Wanyun Shao, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Alabama • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  covid-19  coronavirus  social-science  pandemic  donald-trump  social-distancing  communication  denial  face-mask  political-leadership  conservative

Political leaders' attitudes toward COVID-19 risk are highly infectious in a polarized nation – just like climate change denial

Research and a recent campaign rally show how political leaders' rhetoric can shape risk perceptions among their loyal followers.

Wanyun Shao, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Alabama • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  covid-19  coronavirus  social-science  pandemic  donald-trump  social-distancing  communication  denial  face-mask  political-leadership  conservative

Restoring California's forests to reduce wildfire risks will take time, billions of dollars and a broad commitment

Restoring western forests – thinning out small trees and dead wood – is an important strategy for reducing the risk of massive wildfires. But these projects aren't fast, easy or cheap.

Martha Conklin, Professor of Engineering, University of California, Merced • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change water california-wildfires forests ecosystem-services wildfires us-west us-forest-service sierra-nevada watersheds forest-restoration

'God intended it as a disposable planet': meet the US pastor preaching climate change denial

John MacArthur's long-held view that climate change is fiction is just part of a wider Christian movement coalescing around this important election issue.

Paul Braterman, Hon. Research Fellow; Professor Emeritus in Chemistry, University of Glasgow • conversation
Oct. 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  global-warming  climate-change-denial

Remembering Mario Molina, Nobel Prize-winning chemist who pushed Mexico on clean energy -- and, recently, face masks

Molina, who died on Oct. 8, 'thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.' His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.

Elena Delavega, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Memphis • conversation
Oct. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  nobel-prize  climate-change  fossil-fuels  atmospheric-science  face-masks  wind-energy  green-jobs  mexico  ozone-layer  clean-energy  nobel-prize-in-chemistry  montreal-protocol  clean-air

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