Common trees absorb less carbon as temps rise

"More warming for trees could mean more stress, more tree death, and less capacity to slow global warming..."

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change trees forests temperature earth-and-environment north-america

Beetles that survive volcanic heat inspire stuff that stays cool

A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change insects beetles volcanoes temperature material-science biomimicry featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Bad tree-planting campaigns can totally backfire

Poorly planned tree-planting efforts may risk actually adding to climate change and cutting biodiversity, research on a campaign in Chile finds.

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change conservation biodiversity carbon trees forests chile featured earth-and-environment

Alaskan volcano paved the way for the Roman Empire

A massive volcanic eruption on the other side of the planet may have created conditions that led to the rise of the Roman Empire, researchers say.

Bess Connolly Martell-Yale • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change history volcanoes roman-empire egypt society-and-culture

Sun and permafrost make emissions outlook even bleaker

Arctic permafrost stores one trillion metric tons of carbon. New research on photomineralization suggests more of that carbon will be released.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change permafrost light emissions earth-and-environment

Climate change to make extreme waves more frequent

"An increase in the risk of extreme wave events may be catastrophic, as larger and more frequent storms will cause more flooding and coastline erosion."

Teju Hari Krishna-U. Melbourne • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change flooding oceans wind earth-and-environment waves

Satellites can spot eco damage from fog loss

Climate change is reducing fog that many plants rely on for water. New research shows scientists can spot the problem from space.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change water plants satellites earth-and-environment fog

Extinctions in next 20 years may near 20th-century total

"What we do to deal with the current extinction crisis in the next two decades will define the fate of millions of species."

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change conservation covid-19 extinction endangered-species featured earth-and-environment

To fight climate change, eco groups get political

Environmental non-governmental organizations are moving beyond conservation and getting into politics to advocate for climate action, a study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

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

Chicken ‘memories’ ease return to ancestral homeland

A study with chickens from Tibet shows that organisms have a kind of "memory" of their ancestral homes that makes adaptation to environmental change easier.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: dna evolution climate-change birds genes chickens science-and-technology

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