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

Study shows China can be carbon-negative in an economically competitive way

Researchers have analyzed technical and economic viability for China to move toward carbon-negative electric power generation and found that China can do so in an economically competitive way.

Leah Burrows | April 19, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology carbon-neutral carbon-negative-electric-power-generation china chris-p-nielsen economic-viability economy-and-environment environments-sustainability environomental harvard-china-project-on-energy michael-mcelroy seas sustainability

Harvard recognized at Climate Leadership Conference for sustainability efforts

Harvard received an award at the Climate Leadership Conference in Baltimore, recognizing its commitment to the environment.

Lian Parsons | March 21, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: science-technology climate-change climate-leadership-awards environments-sustainability fossil-fuels greenhouse-gas office-for-sustainability sustainability

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