Plants kill cells so they don’t pop

To stop their cells from exploding after a downpour, plants trigger them to self-destruct. Now researchers know more about how.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: water plants rain cells science-and-technology


When water vapor blows in, dry soil gets rain?

New research clarifies the role of water vapor in rainfall, a complex relationship that remains mysterious.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: water soil rain weather wind science-and-technology

Less snow and more rain could lead to bigger floods

New research offers insight into how flood risks may change in a warming world that has less snow.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: floods global-warming rain snow earth-and-environment

Climate change made Hurricane Florence bigger

Scientists knew human-induced climate change would cause Hurricane Florence to be bigger and wetter, even before the storm hit. Here's how.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes natural-disasters rain weather featured earth-and-environment

Rain gets worse after hurricane winds die down

Hurricane rains that come once winds subside may actually have more intensity than when the storm is at its strongest.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: hurricanes rain weather earth-and-environment

Plants will make future river flooding way worse

The next time a river overflows its banks, don't just blame the rain. New research identifies another culprit: Leafy plants.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
Oct. 25, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change water plants carbon-dioxide floods rain earth-and-environment

Climate change could make it harder for soil to soak up water

Climate change may make it harder for the soil to absorb water. That could have serious implications for food production and security, researchers warn.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change food water soil rain earth-and-environment

Global water map could warn of future floods

A new global water map is so advanced that scientists could use them to predict which rivers are most likely to flood during heavy rainfall.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: water floods maps rivers rain prediction earth-and-environment lakes

Early hurricanes cause more mosquito-borne disease

Heavy rainfall events that occur on July 1 result in 70% fewer cases of mosquito-borne disease than those that occur just a month earlier, research finds.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
May 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: hurricanes rain weather health-and-medicine mosquitoes

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