Hurricanes and other extreme weather disasters prompt some people to move and trap others in place

Extreme weather events prompt people to move, a trend that could accelerate in a warming climate. But the ability to migrate internally in the US depends largely on economic status.

Jack DeWaard, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota • conversation
today ~8 min

Tags: climate-change migration census natural-disasters extreme-weather hurricanes puerto-rico hurricane-maria census-data

Buildings consume lots of energy – here's how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

Net zero energy buildings produce at least as much energy as they use. Designing whole net zero campuses and communities takes the energy and climate benefits to a higher level.

Charles F. Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
today ~9 min

Tags: climate-change renewable-energy energy-efficiency geothermal-energy energy-use buildings district-heating heating cooling sustainable-cities net-zero

We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe 'heat threshold'

Massive study looked at more than half a million trees in 813 forests across the tropics.

Martin Sullivan, Lecturer in Statistical Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change rainforests carbon-emissions global-warming rainforest amazon amazonia

Coral reefs that glow bright neon during bleaching offer hope for recovery – new study

While most corals turn ghostly white when they bleach, some turn neon purple. Scientists were baffled – until now.

Cecilia D'Angelo, Senior Research Fellow, Coral Reef Laboratory, University of Southampton • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change coral coral-bleaching coral-reefs fluorescence marine-heatwaves microalgae

Tiny plankton drive processes in the ocean that capture twice as much carbon as scientists thought

Microscopic ocean phytoplankton feed a "biological pump" that carries carbon from the surface to deep waters. Scientists have found that this process stores much more carbon than previously thought.

Ken Buesseler, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change oceans photosynthesis phytoplankton carbon-storage carbon-sequestration marine-biology marine-snow marine-biodiversity

Why a 17% emissions drop does not mean we are addressing climate change

Global quarantine is not a long-term solution – we still have a lot of work ahead.

Larissa Basso, Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Stockholm University • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-emissions coronavirus covid-19 lockdown

Global warming now pushing heat into territory humans cannot tolerate

'Wet-bulb' temperature records show that deadly thresholds for heat and humidity are arriving faster than anticipated.

Colin Raymond, Postdoctoral Researcher, California Institute of Technology • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change climate humidity temperature-records body-temperature extreme-heat heat-deaths

COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.

Casey Setash, PhD student in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change biology wildlife colorado ecology nature ducks phenology massachusetts thoreau migratory-birds field-research coronavirus-2020 covid-19

As sea levels rise, are we ready to live behind giant walls?

A new study suggests raising dykes along a third of Europe's coastline, but there are more cost-effective options.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise flood-defences flooding

COVID-19 shutdowns are clearing the air, but pollution will return as economies reopen

From Nairobi to Los Angeles, pandemic lockdowns have cleared pollution from the skies. But those blue vistas may be temporary, and shutdowns aren't slowing climate change.

Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Rice University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: fossil-fuels climate-change air-pollution particulates smog nitrogen-dioxide haze coronavirus-2020 carbon-dioxide covid-19

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