Climate disasters up armed conflict risk in vulnerable countries

The risk for armed conflict goes up after severe weather disasters, researchers say, but only in countries that fit certain criteria.

U. Melbourne
April 3, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture climate-change democracy natural-disasters violence

How dead trees help forests tolerate drought

Some forests, particularly in more arid regions, have become more drought tolerant, primarily thanks to the death of less hardy trees.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara
March 31, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change droughts forests trees

Plants and animals share response to climate change

Plants and animals are remarkably similar in their responses to changing environmental conditions across the globe, a new study finds.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona
March 30, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity climate-change conservation plants temperature

Dragon lizard is a brand new species in the Smaug family

Researchers have found a new species in the Smaug genus, named for the deadly dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~8 mins

Tags: science-and-technology africa climate-change conservation lizards

How concrete production can help or hurt our environment

"Air pollution and climate change problems are really intertwined when we talk about solutions." Strategies for making concrete production greener are an example.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis
March 24, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change emissions greenhouse-gas materials-science pollution

Farms with diverse crops protect animals and the climate

Farms with diverse crops can protect endanged species and biodiversity while also standing up better to the effects of climate change, researchers say.

Stanford
March 24, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity climate-change conservation sustainability

California’s strict air pollution laws are good for farmers

"The irony is that by fighting against certain environmental regulations, these folks may be damaging their own earning capacity."

Brian Bell-UC Irvine
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture california climate-change farmers food laws pollution sustainability

Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change conservation coral-reefs ecosystems oceans

Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change conservation coral-reefs ecosystems oceans

Over 30 years, partisan voices split climate change news

A new study of climate change news from between 1985 and 2017 shows a growing political divide over the issue as partisan voices became a focus of coverage.

Jared Wadley-Michigan
March 13, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change journalism politics

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