Climate Change May Make Hurricanes Hit Sooner and Last Longer

Climate Change May Make Hurricanes Hit Sooner and Last Longer

In a study published in November in the journal Earth’s Future, a team from three universities examined storm tracking data from the past 100 years and used it in a global climate model that takes into account changes in environmental conditions caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane.

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

“We’re not suggesting that we don’t need those new high-voltage lines carrying renewables from the Dakotas or West Texas to urban areas,” Gilmer says, alluding to two of the nation’s most productive areas for wind power.

All That Glitters Isn't Litter

All That Glitters Isn't Litter

Just adding five milligrams will change the color of an entire kilogram of cellulose, making the crystals refract shorter wavelengths, like greens and blues.The team also figured out how to control the production process carefully so that they can now create meter-long sheets of glitter using a roll-to-roll machine, a common piece of industrial equipment.

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

To further confuse matters, Europeans have had a tendency to label just about any game bird they encountered a “partridge.” several North and South American species are often called partridges, even though they are not.The long-tailed tree quail looks quite partridge-like.

Can Gambia Turn the Tide to Save Its Shrinking Beaches?

Can Gambia Turn the Tide to Save Its Shrinking Beaches?

When Saikou Demba was a young man starting out in the hospitality business, he opened a little hotel on the Gambian coast called the Leybato and ran a beach bar on the wide expanse of golden sand.

Your Rooftop Garden Could Be a Solar-Powered Working Farm

Your Rooftop Garden Could Be a Solar-Powered Working Farm

The same concept would work up on a roof: Solar panels would provide the shade that makes plants happier and less thirsty.

Hotspot Watch - 3 December 2021

Hotspot Watch - 3 December 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions continued to be located in the Wairarapa, with slim area of very dry conditions now emerging along the eastern coastal strip.

Notification of COVID-19 vaccination status of NIWA workplaces

Notification of COVID-19 vaccination status of NIWA workplaces

As we all move to the NZ COVID-19 protection framework, and in accordance with our health and safety risk assessment and in consultation with our staff, NIWA is proposing to introduce a Vaccinated Workplace Policy from 15 December 2021.

How to Not Melt Down Over Our Warming Planet

How to Not Melt Down Over Our Warming Planet

Carter is a 24-year-old West Virginian who closely followed the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the political machinations behind the historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill recently signed into law.

David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

And right now, in the year of COP26, The Green Planet hopes to do for plants what Attenborough has done for oceans and animals … create understanding and encourage us to care.

The Twitter Wildfire Watcher Who Tracks California’s Blazes

The Twitter Wildfire Watcher Who Tracks California’s Blazes

Johnston is looking out at the Caldor Fire, which over the next two months will go on to burn 221,835 acres and prompt evacuations in the resort town of South Lake Tahoe.

Roadrunner: Meet the Real Bird Behind the Cartoon

Roadrunner: Meet the Real Bird Behind the Cartoon

Greater Roadrunner getting ready to present his mate with a lizard.One bird distracts the snake, bending down with its head towards the ground, tail held vertically, and wings outstretched to either side.The birds then kill the snake by either pecking its head repeatedly, or bashing it against a rock.

Think Climate Change Is Messy? Wait Until Geoengineering

Think Climate Change Is Messy? Wait Until Geoengineering

This is the idea behind a solar geoengineering technique known as stratospheric aerosol injection, only instead of a pigment, engineers would spray a sulfate that bounces some of the sun’s radiation back into space, an attempt at cooling the planet.

How Sea Level Rise Impacts Marsh Sparrows

How Sea Level Rise Impacts Marsh Sparrows

By gathering data about tides, elevation, and sea-level rise, her models can predict what will happen to tidal marsh habitat in the future, and how that might affect the numbers of saltmarsh and seaside sparrows.

Our seas are sizzling again

Our seas are sizzling again

Marine heatwave conditions, classified when the sea temperature is above the 90th percentile for at least 5 days, have been observed in waters offshore of all regions of New Zealand.

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

“And you can’t put instruments on every single one of those volcanoes and be able to maintain them all the time.” But detectors hundreds of miles away can hear this eruptive infrasound just fine, and there is no risk they will be annihilated by volcanic fury.

When Wildfire Comes to Nature Conservancy Preserves

When Wildfire Comes to Nature Conservancy Preserves

© Blane Heumann/TNC Prescribed burning and other methods of fuel reduction are part of the management plans for many preserves, and these can in some cases help lessen the severity of ecological impacts.

7 Tips to Improve Battery Life on Windows 11

7 Tips to Improve Battery Life on Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with its own Battery Saver mode, which you can find by opening the Windows 11 Settings screen and choosing System and Power & battery .

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Today, only one glacier remains in Venezuela: on the second highest peak, Pico Humboldt.“It’s an era that is [almost] completely finished now,” says Melfo, a particle physicist at the University of the Andes, who has recently been working on projects involving biology and ecology, including research on this last glacier.

Hotspot Watch 26 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 26 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in coastal Wairarapa as of 23 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in coastal Ashburton District as of 23 November.

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

Early warning systems can alert local communities on things like approaching hurricanes, cyclones, or landslides due to extreme rainfall, where getting ahead of incidents by even a few hours can make all the difference, says Tye. They can also provide knowledge of slower onset events, such as an upcoming drought several months away.

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dr David Thompson, a seabird ecologist at NIWA, highlights the hurdles these little birds must go through to successfully raise young: “Breeding for kororā can be a stressful time because they need to find food for both themselves and their chicks, with one adult remaining at the nest while the other hunts.

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

To find out, Sheldon and his colleagues hauled buckets of seawater up to the Hudson’s laboratory and used a plankton-counting machine to total up the size and number of creatures they found.

Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

In recent years, a fungal infection called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (chytrid) has decimated amphibian populations around the world, with some scientists estimating that chytrid is responsible for population decline in over 500 amphibian species.One of Casadevall’s studies estimated that 95 percent of fungal species simply cannot survive at average human internal temperature.

The North Carolina Town Besieged by Armadillos

The North Carolina Town Besieged by Armadillos

Bullard, an affable man in a camouflaged shirt, with a sonorous voice and prodigious beard, has rapidly gone from never seeing an armadillo in his bucolic corner of western North Carolina to killing 15 of them last year.The standard .22 rifles Bullard used on the first armadillos didn’t seem to kill them outright.

How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

The wood pellet industry argues that it provides an alternative to coal and relies on a sustainable resource: forests that will regrow in the future and remove carbon from the atmosphere .But many scientists and conservation groups say the opposite: that burning wood is as dirty as coal, and the claim of carbon neutrality is an error that will boost emissions and make it impossible to keep the planet from warming further.

Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

In Norway, the most progressive electric vehicle policies in the world started with a pop group, an environmentalist, and a small red Fiat Panda.The Fiat became the centerpiece of a nine-year campaign in which Hauge and members of A-ha drove the car on Norway’s toll roads without paying.

6 Essential Numbers to Understand the Glasgow Climate Pact

6 Essential Numbers to Understand the Glasgow Climate Pact

A noteworthy breakthrough at COP26 was the pledge from Scotland to give £2 million ($2.7 million) to vulnerable countries for loss and damage caused by the climate crisis.

Hotspot Watch 18 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 18 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 15 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 15 November.

This Dam Simple Trick Is a Big Green Energy Win

This Dam Simple Trick Is a Big Green Energy Win

There is even more potential out there: A 2016 US Department of Energy report found that an additional 4.8 gigawatts of electricity could be generated by retrofitting non-powered dams over the next three decades.

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