Are the Oregon wildfires a view into the future?

"Until a few days ago it was looking like the tamer wildfire projections were closest to reality."

Matt Cooper-Oregon • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change wildfire forests featured science-and-technology

Giant balloons measure tiny ripples in the atmosphere

Giant balloons that beam the internet from the stratosphere reveal a new insight into gravity waves. The research could improve weather forecasts.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change storms weather science-and-technology jet-stream

Climate change makes ‘wildfire weather’ worse

With unusual lightning storms sparking intense wildfires engulfing California, experts warn that rising temperatures will make the situation worse.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change wildfire weather earth-and-environment lightning

Forests recover from logging faster with a bit of help

When forests get a little restoration nudge after logging, they recover much faster than when left to regenerate on their own, researchers report.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity forests deforestation earth-and-environment

First mass extinctions in 13,000 years may be on the way

New research looking at fossil pollen samples serves "as a dire warning about the vulnerability of natural systems to extinction."

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change extinction fossils plants forests earth-and-environment

Arctic sea ice is melting faster than anyone thought

Arctic sea ice is melting a lot faster than earlier estimates, which predicted a slow and stable rise in Arctic temperatures, researchers say.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change arctic temperature earth-and-environment sea-ice

Climate change may exacerbate allergies, autism

"Climate change has worsened respiratory allergic disease and has altered the immune system's tolerance in responding to toxins," says Xue Ming.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change autism ecosystems allergies featured health-and-medicine autoimmune-diseases

Rising temps could kill millions a year by century’s end

Deaths due to temperatures rising as a result of climate change could match the global death rate for all infectious diseases combined, researchers say.

Edward Lempinen-UC Berkeley • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change death temperature featured health-and-medicine

Indigenous people are key conservationists

"...Indigenous knowledge is absolutely essential for understanding the cumulative impacts of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation."

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity indigenous-people ecosystems earth-and-environment

Experts: Biden’s climate plan is ‘bold’ but lacks some specifics

Joe Biden's $2 trillion climate plan is bold but lacks some specifics, experts say. Here, three weigh in on what they like—and what they think needs work.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change economy infrastructure united-states society-and-culture earth-and-environment presidential-elections

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