African Voices Must Lead the Global Climate Conversation

African Voices Must Lead the Global Climate Conversation

As bodies such as the IPCC focus on how climate change is already affecting people and what we must do to adapt, Africa cannot be left out.

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.

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

A recent study addresses this question by using tree rings to reconstruct hundreds of years of seasonal cyclone precipitation levels.“Often, tree-ring reconstructions show us that the extreme climate we have recorded with instruments (weather stations) over the last 120 years was surpassed back in time,” Maxwell told Ars Technica.

To Learn More Quickly, Brain Cells Break Their DNA

To Learn More Quickly, Brain Cells Break Their DNA

To their surprise, the researchers found that stimulating cultured neurons triggered double-strand breaks in their DNA, and the breaks quickly increased the expression of a dozen fast-acting genes associated with synaptic activity in learning and memory.

Hurricane Ida: What It'll Take for New Orleans to Restore Power

Hurricane Ida: What It'll Take for New Orleans to Restore Power

Those repeated disasters mean that utilities have a recovery playbook for storms like Ida. But knowing what order to run those plays in depends entirely on the unique conditions left behind by each hurricane—which regions remain inaccessible for days due to flooding, and which specific components of the system need extensive repairs.

A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

Abdu Jyothi found that local and regional internet infrastructure would be at low risk of damage even in a massive solar storm, because optical fiber itself isn't affected by geomagnetically induced currents.

Crawling with Crickets: The Insect Swarm of the Western US

Crawling with Crickets: The Insect Swarm of the Western US

Mormon cricket outbreaks are more frequent than the 17-year cycle of the cicadas, and when they boom, the populations are impossible to miss.Certified Wildlife Biologist Jarren Kuipers of Land Steward Services notes that Mormon cricket outbreaks are more localized than the emergence of cicadas.

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

That’s a lot of math in a short amount of time, yet the game pulls it off without ever feeling like you’re doing work.

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

Last week, Texas was hit by a different kind of extreme weather event: Record-smashing cold temperatures and heavy snow.But other states manage much colder weather every year without these types of power outages.

The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

That’s not to say that the intention of the studio or developer doesn’t matter if they want to create a very difficult game—just that it’s one piece of a larger puzzle.

Here’s the Right Way to Rescue a Soaking Wet Smartphone

Here’s the Right Way to Rescue a Soaking Wet Smartphone

So when your phone decides to take a dive, as soon as you're done freaking out, you'll probably begin frantically tapping all the buttons, blowing on it, or blasting it with a hair dryer to quickly get rid of all that water.

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

Phrenology depended on the assumption that different parts of the brain are associated with different traits and abilities, a position called “localizationism.” And the absurdity of skull-measuring did not necessarily invalidate this notion.

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, the researchers will present their findings, which suggest that high-wattage IoT botnets—made up of power-guzzling devices like air conditioners, car chargers, and smart thermostats—could be deployed strategically to increase demand at certain times in any of the nine private energy markets around the US.

The First Shot: Inside the Covid Vaccine Fast Track

The First Shot: Inside the Covid Vaccine Fast Track

For your adaptive immune system, the challenge is to find and create enough of the right antibodies before the virus spreads too far—but also before the screaming baby Rambo that is your innate immune system does too much damage.

The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?

The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?

Van Oort says the amount of time a well is closed doesn’t really affect how much damage the shut-in inflicts on the reservoir.If producers have to repeatedly shut the well, the damage can compound over time and reduce productivity even more.

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Bad Is Bad. The expected radiation exposure for a Mars excursion for an astronaut—a federal worker—far exceeds the levels permitted for terrestrial workplace activities by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

Scientists are still trying to figure out if the same is true for Covid-19, or if the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 is actually invading the nervous system directly.If the coronavirus is breaching the blood-brain barrier and infecting neurons, that could make it harder to find effective treatments.

Plane Contrails Have a Surprising Effect on Global Warming

Plane Contrails Have a Surprising Effect on Global Warming

Of the varied conspiracy theories regarding contrails—you know, chemtrails—one stands out for being especially wrong: the belief that the plane-made clouds are chemicals the government is secretly spraying to battle climate change , to the peril of those on the ground.

Climate Change Is Bringing Epic Flooding to the Midwest

Climate Change Is Bringing Epic Flooding to the Midwest

Super-soaked spring soils, unplanted fields, record-rising rivers, runaway barges—this is in all likelihood what climate change looks like for the middle of the country.

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s London headquarters suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after climate-change protesters smashed doors and glued their hands to windows. One activist has already been arrested for the actions at the Shell office, out of nine that participated, Extinction Rebellion said.

Protection from cyclones: Benefits of integrating green and gray infrastructure

Protection from cyclones: Benefits of integrating green and gray infrastructure

When cyclones strike, mangrove forests help protect coastal areas from storm surges. In addition, the significant reduction in water flow velocity from planting mangroves will protect embankments from damage and thus reduce infrastructure maintenance costs.

Cyclone Idai: Building climate and disaster resilience in Mozambique and beyond

Cyclone Idai: Building climate and disaster resilience in Mozambique and beyond

The World Bank is supporting disaster risk management activities in Mozambique to strengthen the government’s capacity to respond quickly to – and mitigate the impacts of – future climate hazards.

FAO - News Article: Cyclone Idai: Immediate help for Mozambique's livestock and fisheries sectors

FAO - News Article: Cyclone Idai: Immediate help for Mozambique's livestock and fisheries sectors

Having declared the response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique a top priority, FAO is asking for an initial $19 million to support those most affected over the next three months, with a focus on resuming local food production, assisting fishing communities and supporting livestock owners.

Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New 'Make it Rain' Strategy

Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New 'Make it Rain' Strategy

“If you have good enough data and good enough sensing technologies, such as the seismometer network in California or the hurricane-hardened WeatherFlow anemometer stations on the East Coast, you can get that data and very quickly work out whether someone should be getting paid,” says Samuel Jay Gibson, of the Capital and Resilience Solutions Group at the catastrophe risk modeling firm RMS.

Typhoon Mangkhut Wreaks Havoc in Philippines, Leaving at Least 16 Dead

Typhoon Mangkhut Wreaks Havoc in Philippines, Leaving at Least 16 Dead

“Early indications suggest that the prompt evacuations made by local authorities have mitigated the impact on civilians.”People clearing a toppled utility pole in Cagayan Province, north of Manila, on Saturday.Ted Aljibe/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesAmong the casualties was a family of four killed when a landslide struck their home in the Cordillera Mountains, south of Claveria, according to a top government official, Francis Tolentino.

Hurricane Florence update: Can future Category 6 hurricanes be STOPPED?

Hurricane Florence update: Can future Category 6 hurricanes be STOPPED?

Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to find out if it was too late to stop possible future category 6 hurricanes.Hurricane Florence update: Nine dangerous storms were spotted around the globe this week (Image: Jamaica Weather)He said: “The risk is real.

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

What I have seen is that inland river flooding linked to hurricanes and heavy storms is a huge risk in the Southeast, but receives far less attention in emergency plans than coastal areas.

Hurricane Florence: How climate change is increasing the threat from tropical storms

Hurricane Florence: How climate change is increasing the threat from tropical storms

James Kossin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a study in the journal Nature in June suggesting that slow-moving tropical cyclones, which would include those like Florence and Harvey, have become more common over the last 70 years, dropping in speed by 10 per cent in that time.

Review: Teenagers Tackle Environmental Enemies in ‘Inventing Tomorrow’

Review: Teenagers Tackle Environmental Enemies in ‘Inventing Tomorrow’

Review: Teenagers Tackle Environmental Enemies in ‘Inventing Tomorrow’Sahithi Pingali experiments in “Inventing Tomorrow,” a documentary directed by Laura Nix.CreditCreditIQ190 ProductionsInventing TomorrowDirected by Laura NixDocumentary1h 45mMore InformationFind TicketsWhen you purchase a ticket for an independently reviewed film through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.I’ve seen more than a few documentaries in recent years addressing vital environmental issues, chief among them climate change, and they all have one thing in common: they’re terrifying.

NASA finds Amazon drought leaves long legacy of damage – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA finds Amazon drought leaves long legacy of damage – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.