Researcher analyzes effects of climate change on productivity

Environmental and developmental economist Patrick Behrer is tracking the health effects of working in an extremely hot environment and the ripple effects on the economy.

Colleen Walsh | Nov. 1, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology climate-change climate-change-solutions-fund jisung-park patrick-behrer

In ‘Why Trust Science?’ Naomi Oreskes explains why the process of proof is worth trusting

Harvard Professor Naomi Oreskes, author of "Why Trust Science?," discusses the five pillars necessary for science to be considered trustworthy, the evidentiary value of self-reporting, and her Red State Pledge.

Jill Radsken | Oct. 22, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: science-technology merchants-of-doubt climate-change fas history-of-science jill-radsken naomi-oreskes red-state-pledge why-trust-science

Urgency of climate change may be understated in intergovernmental panel report

The world’s oceans, glaciers, and ice caps are under assault by climate change. The Gazette spoke with former Obama science adviser John Holdren about the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report examining the threat.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
~14 mins   

Tags: science-technology wildfire alvin-powell arctic-initiative belfer-center-for-science-and-international-affairs climate-change global-warming harvard-kennedy-school heat-wave intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change john-holdren permafrost public-opinion sea-level-rise

How a biofriendly fertilizer could offer a greener way to grow plants

Harvard scientists are teaming up with sustainability officers and landscaping experts to test a new fertilizer that won’t wash into water supplies.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Sept. 24, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology bacteria caitlin-mcdermott-murphy-climate-change chemistry daniel-nocera dilek-dogutan fas harvard-landscaping-services landscaping office-for-sustainability paif paul-smith photosynthesis presidents-administrative-innovation-fund quentin-gilly sustainability undergraduate-research

Panel discussion honoring James McCarthy brings experts and innovative ideas to campus

Experts from Harvard and beyond gathered Monday to discuss the oceans’ plight in a warming world, offering hopeful solutions despite the often bleak assessment prompted by warming, pollution, acidification, and coral bleaching.

Alvin Powell | Sept. 19, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell aquaculture carbon-sequestration climate-change coral-bleaching daniel-schrag fisheries harvard-university-center-for-the-environment james-mccarthy jane-lubchenco jeremy-jackson ocean pollution

Drone-based monitoring system reveals important information on the health of the Amazon

A group of researchers are using a drone-based chemical monitoring system to track the health of the Amazon in the face of global climate change and human-caused deforestation and burning.

Leah Burrows | Sept. 12, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology amazon climate-change drone harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences seas

Harvard groups research planet-cooling aerosols

Harvard’s Keutsch Research Group is working on a controversial idea that might someday be our best hope against climate change: stratospheric aerosol injection.

Anna Gibbs | Sept. 11, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology aerosol-injection anna-gibbs calcium-carbonate climate-change craig-mascarenhas david-keith frank-keutsch geoengineering keutsch-lab stratosphere sulfuric-acid

Harvard biologist discusses the environmental impact of the Amazon fires

Harvard biologist and longtime Amazon rainforest researcher Brian Farrell discusses how the forest fires raging in Brazil are threatening the planet’s climate, and how to stop them.

Colleen Walsh | Aug. 28, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: national-world-affairs science-technology amazon brazil brian-farrell climate-change david-rockefeller-center-for-latin-american-studies economics environments-sustainability fires rainforest

Making a case for ‘managed retreat’ from areas prone to flooding and storms

For decades, the response to flooding and hurricanes was a vow to rebuild. A.R. Siders believes the time has come to consider managed retreat, or the practice of moving communities away from disaster-prone areas to safer lands.

Peter Reuell | Aug. 23, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology ar-siders climate climate-change faculty-of-arts-and-sciences flooding floods harvard harvard-center-for-the-environment harvey hurricanes katrina managed-retreat michael peter-reuell retreat reuell sandy siders storms

Climate change pushing up levels of methylmercury in fish

A new study concludes that while the regulation of mercury emissions have successfully reduced methylmercury levels in fish, spiking temperatures are driving those levels back up and will play a major role in the methylmercury levels of marine life in the future.

Leah Burrows | Aug. 7, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology atlantic-bluefin-tuna climate-change cod harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences mercury overfishing seas swordfish toxic-methylmercury

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