Bugs and heat will do major damage to crops as temps rise

Climate models may underestimate potential crop losses as a result of rising temperatures because they leave out how stressed plants react.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change insects temperature

Some kinds of emissions cuts actually make air pollution worse

Despite the benefites in dealing with air pollution, cuts in NOx emissions can lead to a boom in hazardous ultrafine particles, researchers say.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cities climate-change emissions pollution volatile-organic-compounds-voc

Seabird die-off ‘has no precedent’

"The blob" is responsible for an unprecedented seabird die-off from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, say researchers who studied the common murres.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds climate-change conservation ecosystems fish oceans temperature

Irrigation keeps things cool in extreme heat

"...while global warming increases the likelihood of hot extremes almost globally, in some regions, irrigation expansion cancels or even reverses this effect.”

ETH Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change heat irrigation southeast-asia water

Neighbors’ solar panels can shift climate change beliefs

Adding more solar panels to a neighborhood can increase the number of people living there who believe that human action causes climate change.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment beliefs climate-change neighborhoods renewable-energy social-lives

4 tactics you can use to sway climate change deniers

To get people who deny the human causes of climate change to change their mind, you might want to embrace their views rather than try to get around them.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford | Jan. 10, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture climate-change identity

Land-use ‘mosaic’ is best for productivity and stability

When different kinds of land-use mix—including grassland, forest, urban areas, and bodies of water—the landscape is more productive and stable.

U. Zurich | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity cities climate-change forests rural-communities

Genetically modified poplar trees won’t pollute the air

Genetic modification can keep poplar trees from emitting greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, while not messing with their growth potential.

U. Arizona | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change genetic-engineering greenhouse-gas pollution renewable-fuels trees

To prep for future heat, sort out climate modeling

New research on two climate modeling methods indicates the need to use them properly to prep for future heat.

Teju Hari Krishna-U. Melbourne | Jan. 6, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change prediction temperature

Ice on Earth’s rivers is in rapid decline

For every degree of increase in global temperature, there will be about 6 days less of ice per year on rivers that freeze, researchers say.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change greenhouse-gas ice rivers temperature

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