New clues about how and why the Maya culture collapsed

Human-environmental scientist says there are new clues about how and why the Maya culture collapsed.

Clea Simon
Feb. 28, 2020 | harvard

~7 mins

Tags: science-technology arizona-state-university billie-l-turner-ii climate-change environments-sustainability history maya

Ancient records of Bering Strait flooding offer fresh insights

Tamara Pico, a postdoctoral fellow, is using records of flooding in the Bering Strait to make inferences about how the ice sheets that covered North America responded to the warming climate, and how their melting might have contributed to climate changes.

Peter Reuell
Feb. 26, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins

Tags: science-technology bering-strait environments-sustainability faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas flood flooding harvard ice ice-sheets paleoclimate peter-reuell pico reuell science-advances sea-level tamara-pico younger-dryas

Panama expedition reveals how species persevere under climate change

Two graduate students from Arnold Arboretum have created the Mamoní Valley Preserve Natural History Project, an ongoing series of student-led field expeditions designed to increase our understanding of how biodiversity can persevere in the face of climate change, deforestation, and human disturbance.

Deborah Blackwell
Feb. 12, 2020 | harvard

~12 mins

Tags: science-technology arnold-arboretum ben-goulet-scott climate-change deborah-blackwell environments-sustainability ferns jacob-suissa jon-hamilton mamoni-valley-preserve-natural-history panama

Connecting the dots between climate change and health care

Bringing climate change into the examining room by discussing links between a warming environment and the everyday health of patients.

Alvin Powell
Feb. 10, 2020 | harvard

~16 mins

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell asthma climate-change clinical-care emergency-room environments-sustainability harvard-medical-school health heat-stroke heat-wave intravenous-fluids massachusetts-general-hospital pollen renee-salas symposium

Antioxidant reverses most BPA-induced fertility damage in worms

Treatment with a naturally occurring antioxidant, CoQ10, restores many aspects of fertility in C. elegans worms following exposure to BPA. The findings offer a possible path toward undoing BPA-induced reproductive harms in people.

Stephanie Dutchen
Feb. 6, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins

Tags: health-medicine basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school bpa c-elegans-worms chemicals coenzyme-q10 coq10 environments-sustainability fertility monica-colaiacovo reproduction

Evaluating hidden risks of herbicides over multiple generations

Research into the gut microbes of wasps shows that exposure to atrazine, a widely used herbicide, leads to changes in the gut microbiome that are passed to future generations. Findings indicate that the microbiomes of insects, including pollinators, and of humans should be considered when evaluating the biorisk of pesticides.

Mary Todd Bergman
Feb. 4, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins

Tags: science-technology agrochemicals basic-research environments-sustainability herbicides microbiomes robert-brucker

Historical view reshapes beliefs about colonization

A new study overturns long-held beliefs about the role humans played in shaping the landscape pre- and post- European colonization.

Clarisse Hart
Jan. 20, 2020 | harvard

~5 mins

Tags: science-technology biodiversity david-foster environments-sustainability fas forests harvard-forest land-management nature-sustainability new-england

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

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