Biden's climate change plans can quickly raise the bar, but can they be transformative?

After four years of the US government undoing climate change policies and partnerships, a Biden administration has a chance to rebuild that leadership. But success will require more than quick wins.

Edward R Carr, Professor and Director, International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Climate change: Joe Biden could ride a wave of international momentum to break deadlock in US

Hamstrung by a Republican Senate, President-elect Biden will need to look abroad for collaborators on climate action.

Olaf Corry, Professor of Global Security Challenges, University of Leeds • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C – but we can act now to stop it

Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate.

John Lynch, Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 ~7 min

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How a 1940s treaty set airlines on a path to high emissions and low regulation

A precedent set at the industry's outset has dominated efforts to reform aviation.

Roger Tyers, Teaching Associate in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham • conversation
Nov. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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A few heavy storms cause a big chunk of nitrogen pollution from Midwest farms

New research shows that one-third of yearly nitrogen runoff from Midwest farms to the Gulf of Mexico occurs during a few heavy rainstorms. New fertilizing schedules could reduce nitrogen pollution.

Chaoqun Lu, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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Central Asia risks becoming a hyperarid desert in the near future

We found evidence of irreversible ecological breakdown millions of years ago – this time round, we should heed the warning signs.

Natasha Barbolini, Senior postdoctoral fellow in palaeoecology, Stockholm University • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters

The pattern of autumn sea ice growth has been completely disrupted, but are we really headed for a tipping point?

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Scientists at work: Sloshing through marshes to see how birds survive hurricanes

Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it's getting harder for them to bounce back.

Mark Woodrey, Assistant Research Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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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
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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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
Oct. 26, 2020 ~5 min

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