Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

The sparse rainfall and low water levels are one reason that state officials in June built a $10 million emergency project—the size of San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid laid on its side—to keep ocean saltwater from surging into the delta.

The Secret Sci-Fi Origins of Burning Man

The Secret Sci-Fi Origins of Burning Man

Burkes was at Burning Man, the conflagrant annual confab in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.As early as that first year “on the playa”—Burner-speak for Black Rock—the Dune obsessives in the crew suggested everyone build mock stillsuits, a reference to the form-­fitting bodywear that recycles precious fluids and keeps Arrakis’ desert-­dwelling Fremen alive when they venture beyond the safety of their mountain villages, known as sietches.

Dune Foresaw—and Influenced—Half a Century of Global Conflict

Dune Foresaw—and Influenced—Half a Century of Global Conflict

Kort read the book during moments of downtime over the next weeks, as he led his platoon of 15 soldiers and four tanks through the Kuwaiti desert, and later when they took up residence in a powerless, abandoned building in Baghdad.

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

© Matt Miller4 of 9Tilapia can now be caught in many warm springs, urban rivers and canals across the United States.Miller9 of 9African jewel cichlid, an exotic species common in Florida waters as well as in warm springs in the western United States.

A Plan to Slow the Creep of the Sahara—by Planting Gardens

A Plan to Slow the Creep of the Sahara—by Planting Gardens

The garden is the latest iteration of the project known as the Great Green Wall, first envisioned as a viridescent belt squiggling thousands of miles across the Sahel region, from Senegal to Djibouti.“When the government plants trees, it’s the community people who will sustain them” Okolie says.

Giving Wildlife Room to Roam in the Face of Climate Change

Giving Wildlife Room to Roam in the Face of Climate Change

A decade-long effort by 150 scientists has mapped microhabitats like this across the United States, using such data to identify the most resilient landscapes in the face of climate change.

For Transplanted Tortoises, Who Lives and Who Dies?

For Transplanted Tortoises, Who Lives and Who Dies?

© Brad Shaffer The desert tortoise is protected under the Endangered Species Act. It’s been on the list as threatened since 1990.© Brad Shaffer Every animal, including human, has two sources of DNA.

Helping Birds Adapt to Climate Change in the Nevada Desert

Helping Birds Adapt to Climate Change in the Nevada Desert

AmeriCorp stewardship assistant Brittney Cade (front) leads a team of volunteers in planting trees along the Amargosa River.Planting 100,000 trees – and helping birds adapt to climate change – is just the latest chapter in the rich conservation history of the Amargosa.

Why Massive Saharan Dust Plumes Are Blowing Into the US

Why Massive Saharan Dust Plumes Are Blowing Into the US

It’s the worst Saharan dust event the island has seen in 15, maybe 20 years, says Olga Mayol-Bracero, an atmospheric chemist at the University of Puerto Rico.

26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train

26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train

Now all the freight cars were filled to the top with sooty iron ore, giving Guerin no choice but to climb on top for the ride home.

The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa

The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa

Around 20 species of the 7,000 known grasshopper varieties transform into what’s known as a gregarious phenotype, which means their bodies actually change as they socialize into swarms.But why does the desert locust go gregarious, when the vast majority of grasshopper species remain solitarious?

Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming

Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming

Gross says such efficiency can deliver heat 20 percent more cheaply than fossil fuels can.Gross is also building a receiver that can handle temperatures above 2,700 degrees.

The Unbuilt Streets of California's Ghost Metropolis

The Unbuilt Streets of California's Ghost Metropolis

"It was promoted as this extravagant development, but in many ways it failed spectacularly," says Chicago-based photographer Noritaka Minami, who first learned about California City while attending graduate school at UC Irvine.

FAO - News Article: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

FAO - News Article: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

17 June 2019, Rome - Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovations, be it simple solutions or satellite-based technologies, will help prevent a drought from turning into famine and forced displacement and to reverse desertification, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

The Quiet Beauty of High-Octane Sports Cars

The Quiet Beauty of High-Octane Sports Cars

Images in the project span portraiture, reportage, and action photos, some of which were shot from the sweltering cabin of a drifting car. In time, then, Young's photos might join Higley's poem as dedications to bygone eras.

A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant

A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant

A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant Dupeyroux et al., Sci. Robot. 4, eaau0307 (2019) Sensing polarized light is an indispensable skill for the ants, and perhaps soon it will also serve robots and autonomous cars.

Feed the Bears to Save Them?

Feed the Bears to Save Them?

And that’s why it was a bit jarring to read about a leading wildlife conservationist and wilderness advocate feeding grizzly bears. These bears are largely found in the Great Gobi A Strictly Protected Area, a wilderness region five times larger than Yellowstone National Park.

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

Brave in the face of these field challenges, conservation biologists commonly embark on biological assessments to take the pulse of an ecosystem or monitor for the presence of rare or invasive species.

The Mystery of the Dying Mesquites

The Mystery of the Dying Mesquites

“If the screwbean mesquite disappears, it will be a huge loss for migrating and desert riparian birds,” says Warren. “Experts have pointed out that screwbean mesquites are dying in many places where there has been no tamarisk control,” says Warren.

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.

Wind and solar power plants in Sahara could turn desert green

Wind and solar power plants in Sahara could turn desert green

Scientists predict that when sufficiently large arrays of wind turbines and solar panels are installed, their presence could change the reflectivity of the land and movement of air currents.