Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

A raft of work also started to emerge on the affects of changing weather patterns, heat waves, and access to clean water on people’s health. For example, health scientists came to grasp that they need anthropologists, sociologists and economists for a full understanding of the impact of climate change.

Who Gets Their News From Which Social Media Sites?

Who Gets Their News From Which Social Media Sites?

It offers unusual insight into how social media news consumption varies by platform according to age, political affiliation, gender, education level, and race.Only a third of people who use Instagram told Pew they get news from the site, but two-thirds of that group are nonwhite—the highest proportion of nonwhite news consumers of any social media site.

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

In some areas with high levels of plastic pollution, like the Mediterranean and the southern Atlantic Ocean, turtles are unable to avoid the debris, while in other areas it is less of a problem.“We know individual turtles are dying, but we don’t know yet whether enough turtles are dying to cause population decline, and that’s where we’re heading to now,” Dr. Hamann said.Jennifer Lynch, a research biologist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Hawaii, took issue with the way the study measured vulnerability to plastic.In her own research, she has seen animals that aren’t harmed after swallowing 300 pieces of plastic, so she doesn’t believe that 14 pieces pose such a high risk of death.

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

But experts know that not all residents will heed the warnings, and some say part of the reason is that storm forecasts and risks are inadequately communicated to the public.“There’s a big gap between the forecasts that are available within the weather community and in some cases the information that people receive and are able to use,” said Rebecca Morss, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.The ‘cone of uncertainty’ is confusingA prime example of that perception gap is the familiar “cone of uncertainty” seen in hurricane tracking maps, which can be easily misread.“The cone is misunderstood,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with the forecasting service Weather Underground.

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Leading the team is NIWA scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, whose project builds on a pilot study using atmospheric data that uncovered a striking revelation about how much carbon was absorbed by New Zealand’s indigenous forests.

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

But this study is among the first to model how wind and solar farms would affect the Sahara, all while considering how growing green plants and trees would respond to these changes, said Li, who started the study while a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

This group will coordinate to direct their giving collectively, with the twin goals of creating a set of guidelines that will revamp the computer science major to appeal more to women of color and while building dedicated communities that will support these women within the industry, among other things.Gates has long contended that collecting data is critical to addressing the social challenges she has spent the second part of her career tackling as a philanthropist; companies may say they care deeply about problems, but until the research exists to show them exactly what the problem looks like, how it’s changing, and what measures have been shown to be effective in addressing it, not much changes.

We Know Exactly How to Stop Wildfires—With Money

We Know Exactly How to Stop Wildfires—With Money

Except if you don’t reduce the number of trees, and if you then also try to put out every fire, and allow runaway climate change to make droughts and heat waves worse … the boreal forests of North America will continue to literally go up in smoke, erasing the landscape and spewing climate-changing carbon into the atmosphere.Everyone pretty much agrees on how to deal with our new Burning World: Stop trying to suppress fire and start managing that land to restore a more natural (less intense) fire regime.

Here's Why There Are Hundreds of Ancient, Mummified Penguins in Antarctica

Here's Why There Are Hundreds of Ancient, Mummified Penguins in Antarctica

Rather, these penguins, who were mummified by the cold, dry Antarctica environment, likely died from weather on the opposite end of the spectrum: two extremely rainy and snowy events that happened over the past 1,000 years, a new study finds.

Climate change triggered tsunami TWICE the size of Big Ben - 193m SUPER WAVE hit Alaska

Climate change triggered tsunami TWICE the size of Big Ben - 193m SUPER WAVE hit Alaska

CLIMATE change triggered a tsunami which was twice the size of Big Ben in 2015, and experts believe these mega waves will become more common in the future as the globe continues to warm.

Fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

Fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

Schools are expanding interdisciplinary teaching and research in environmental studies, sustainability science and climate resilience, and investing in “greening” their campuses.

Climate change warning: Sea levels rising even FASTER as ice caps melt

Climate change warning: Sea levels rising even FASTER as ice caps melt

GETTYA two metre jump could see a host of major cities be partially submergedCo-author John Fasullo, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said: "This study highlights the important role that can be played by satellite records in validating climate model projections.”If the calculations are correct, it would mean that sea levels could rise by almost one metre by 2100, which would be devastating for island countries around the globe.

Mission Unstoppable: Inside the All-Female Trek to the North Pole

Mission Unstoppable: Inside the All-Female Trek to the North Pole

It’s 7:30 am, and Briški and four of her teammates have trundled over to the Longyearbyen hospital—or, as it’s called in Norwegian, the Sykehus, a cognate for “sick house”—for physiological testing ahead of the expedition.Like many other public buildings in Longyearbyen, there’s a taxidermied polar bear to greet visitors in the main lobby; the team is gathered in a suite of rooms just outside the surgical unit, which the head nurse says is rarely used by the town’s 2,000 or so residents, aside from major accidents or routine vasectomies.“You’re going to be spitting a lot, but it’s a hell of a lot better than having you pee in the middle of the North Pole,” Audrey Bergouignan says to another expeditioner.

Melting glaciers increasing risk of landslide-triggered tsunamis, study reveals

Melting glaciers increasing risk of landslide-triggered tsunamis, study reveals

Melting glaciers could be triggering a ripple effect of natural disasters that culminates in massive tsunamis, according to new research. This problem is likely to be exacerbated along the icy coastlines of Greenland, Patagonia and Norway, where huge chunks of rock smashing into the water can create towering waves.

Climate change will increase deaths by suicide

Climate change will increase deaths by suicide

The effects of hotter temperatures on suicides are symptomatic of a much broader and more expansive problem: the impact of climate change on mental health. Installing more air conditioning units, for instance, may not significantly reduce suicide rates or mitigate the effects of extreme heat on health and well-being.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation chief scientist: science will lie at the heart of our decisions

Great Barrier Reef Foundation chief scientist: science will lie at the heart of our decisions

In this way, the GBR Foundation has filled a critical gap in funding researchers who are working at the interface of science, climate change, and reef management.

‘Devastating’ bleaching of Great Barrier Reef hitting deep water corals harder than previously estimated, study shows

‘Devastating’ bleaching of Great Barrier Reef hitting deep water corals harder than previously estimated, study shows

The Great Barrier Reef harbours extensive areas of deep coral reefs which are much more difficult to study and were previously considered a refuge from higher water temperatures near the surface.

Hothouse Earth: here’s what the science actually does – and doesn’t – say

Hothouse Earth: here’s what the science actually does – and doesn’t – say

Leading Earth System scientist Will Steffen and his 15 co-authors draw on a diverse set of literature to paint a picture of how a chain of self-reinforcing changes might potentially be initiated, eventually leading to very large climate warming and sea level rise.

Hothouse Earth: seven things you can do to stop it

Hothouse Earth: seven things you can do to stop it

Most of the political parties on a broad range of spectrum now understand and support the need for sustainable and healthy lifestyles to make our places better in social, economic and environmental terms.

Climate models predict the world will be ‘anomalously warm’ until 2022

Climate models predict the world will be ‘anomalously warm’ until 2022

Our work, published in Nature Communications, is important as such forecasts help predict the chances of events like heatwaves or cold snaps months in advance, and it is now well established that anomalous climatic events have a direct human impact.

UK weather forecast: Freezing cold snaps to become MORE COMMON in the future

UK weather forecast: Freezing cold snaps to become MORE COMMON in the future

Nalan Koc, research director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, said: “The jet stream becomes wavier, meaning that colder air can penetrate further south and warmer air further north.”Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment, said: “What we once considered to be anomalies are becoming the new normal.“Our climate is changing right in front of our eyes, and we’ve only got a short amount of time to stop this from getting significantly worse.”

Scientists to build GIANT SUNSHADE for the Earth in astonishing bid to stop global warming

Scientists to build GIANT SUNSHADE for the Earth in astonishing bid to stop global warming

It is too early to know what its effects would be: it could be very helpful or very harmful.”A UN panel of climate experts, in a leaked draft of a report about global warming due for publication in October, is sceptical about solar geo-engineering, saying it may be "economically, socially and institutionally infeasible”.

Antarctic glacier collapse could leave British coastal towns UNDERWATER

Antarctic glacier collapse could leave British coastal towns UNDERWATER

“It’s not an emergency this year, but I’m very pleased we’re doing it [the project] this decade because we can’t wait too long.”Sam Gyimah, Science Minister, said: “Rising sea levels are a globally important issue which cannot be tackled by one country alone.“The Thwaites Glacier already contributes to rising sea levels and understanding its likely collapse in the coming century is vitally important.”

Heatwave warning: Soaring temperatures to kill tens of thousands in the future

Heatwave warning: Soaring temperatures to kill tens of thousands in the future

Heatwave warning: Soaring temperatures to kill tens of thousands in the future HEATWAVES will kill people in their tens of thousands in the near future unless humanity can find a way to adapt to soaring global temperatures, researchers have found.

Hothouse Earth: Humanity under threat as scientists predict NINE catastrophes brewing

Hothouse Earth: Humanity under threat as scientists predict NINE catastrophes brewing

Professor Johan Rockstrom, a leading member of the research team from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, said several "tipping points" will act as like a "row of dominoes", occurring one after the other and posing catastrophic risk to climate change.

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts THE UK heatwave which has seen temperatures exceed 35 degrees celsius in some parts of the country could soon become annual catastrophe, according to researchers.

Your Plastic Bags Are Releasing Greenhouse Gases

Your Plastic Bags Are Releasing Greenhouse Gases

To learn what gases plastics were releasing, the research team collected samples of the seven most common types of consumer plastic — both newly produced pieces and fragments fished from the ocean — and monitored the objects' gas production while floating in seawater or exposed to air.

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old stones bearing ominous messages have resurfaced in a river in Central Europe, according to news reports. Over the course of centuries, Europeans marked low water levels during droughts by carving lines and dates into boulders along the Elbe River, which runs from the Czech Republic into Germany.

Modeling forests' future – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Modeling forests' future – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

The megafires paper is one of two recently released studies based on data from NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, or ABoVE, that will help scientists better understand and predict both short- and long-term changes in the ecosystems of Alaska and Northern Canada.

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