India Isn’t Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

India Isn’t Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

When heat and humidity combine to push wet-bulb temperatures past 32 degrees Celsius, physical exertion becomes dangerous.On May 1, 2022, the wet-bulb temperature in Lakshmanan’s home city of Chennai hit 31 degrees Celsius.

A Pandemic Tragedy on Brazil’s Lago Verde

A Pandemic Tragedy on Brazil’s Lago Verde

The Indigenous leader, whose life story is inextricably linked with the struggle for the rights and recognition of the Borari people, was beloved in her village, Alter do Chão, Brazil, along the banks of the Tapajós River in the western state of Pará.Dona Lusia died from Covid-19 , which generated trepidation and fear.

This Startup Wants You to Eat Ground-Up Chicken Bones

This Startup Wants You to Eat Ground-Up Chicken Bones

In a small pilot plant in the Finnish city of Kotka, the founders of SuperGround have figured out how to process chicken bones so they can be incorporated into ground chicken products like nuggets or meatballs.

‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

Fast-moving droughts like this one are developing more and more quickly as climate change pushes temperatures to new extremes, recent research indicates—adding a new threat to the dangers of pests, flooding, and more long-term drought that farmers in the US already face.

Carbon-Rich Peat Is Disappearing. But Is It Also Growing?

Carbon-Rich Peat Is Disappearing. But Is It Also Growing?

Yet the Arctic is warming up to four times as fast as the rest of the planet, making permafrost thaw so rapidly that it’s gouging holes across the landscape , releasing carbon.

Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies

Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies

Agribusiness as a whole is betting that the world has reached the tipping point where desperate need caused by a growing population, the economic realities of conventional farming, and advancing technology converge to require something called precision agriculture, which aims to minimize inputs and the costs and environmental problems that go with them.

You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

But if people swapped 20 percent of their beef for mycoprotein, deforestation rates by 2050 would be half what they would be if beef consumption continued to rise as projected.“Part of the solution to this problem could be existing biotechnology,” says Florian Humpenöder, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and the lead author of the Nature paper.

Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

The rangers walking the beach tonight are part of a new monitoring effort, led by The Nature Conservancy, to gather information about the Western Pacific leatherbacks nesting in the Solomon Islands.

The Queen Conch’s Gambit

The Queen Conch’s Gambit

A mother queen conch lays half a million eggs over a day or so in a gelatinous strand that, unfurled, would stretch longer than a semitruck trailer.A queen conch shell can grow as big as a football.

How to Take Care of Your Electric Vehicle Battery

How to Take Care of Your Electric Vehicle Battery

The Tesla Model 3 (which Hu himself drives) uses nickel-free LFP, which is typically cheaper and safer, with a long battery life: “Hundreds of thousands of miles,” he says.

New national rainfall record surpasses 56-year-old record

New national rainfall record surpasses 56-year-old record

NIWA meteorologists say the 103 mm of rain from 4am-5am recorded at Maungatapere near Whangārei on Monday 21 March is a new national hourly rainfall record for a low elevation station.

Why You (and the Planet) Really Need a Heat Pump

Why You (and the Planet) Really Need a Heat Pump

Or, in the winter, a heat pump can warm a building by operating as a sort of “reverse refrigerator,” extracting heat from even cold outdoor air and bringing it inside.

A New Super-High Satellite Will Eye Weather on Earth—and in Space

A New Super-High Satellite Will Eye Weather on Earth—and in Space

Basically, any kind of good or bad weather, any kind of hazardous environmental condition, the cameras on GOES-T will see them,” says Pamela Sullivan, director of the GOES-R program at the the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, which together with NASA designed and built the new satellite.

All the Things That Drain Your EV Battery

All the Things That Drain Your EV Battery

Heating and cooling power consumption could range from a few hundred watts when the ambient temperature is close to optimal, 1-2 kW when the environment is very hot or cold, or even up to 5+ kW if the vehicle is starting off very cold and the battery needs to be warmed up by a resistive heater.”.

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

“They are one of a handful of small mammals that are quintessential generalists,” says Bryan McLean, a professor at the University of North Carolina Greensborough who has studied deer mice for years.Climate may also be changing how deer mice breed and litter size.

Can You Be an NFT Artist and an Environmentalist?

Can You Be an NFT Artist and an Environmentalist?

The Bitcoin and Ethereum platforms operate on a principle called “proof of work” (PoW), in which computers solve complex puzzles to verify a transaction, for which that computer (or “miner”) is then rewarded with some amount of the cryptocurrency.

Serious, Salty Trouble Is Brewing Under Antarctic Glaciers

Serious, Salty Trouble Is Brewing Under Antarctic Glaciers

Last month, Milillo and other scientists reported that tidal pumping is forcing the rapid retreat of the grounding lines of other West Antarctica glaciers—Pope, Smith, and Kohler.

Four tales of love in the wild, from peacock spiders to pufferfish.

Four tales of love in the wild, from peacock spiders to pufferfish.

© Martijn Klijnstra / Wikimedia Commons Somewhere in the ocean off the coast of Japan, lives a little pufferfish no longer than 120 centimeters producing fantastical geometric circular designs to attract a mate.Unfortunately for males, female peacock spiders only mate once in their lives.

Can Super-Fast Battery Charging Fix the Electric Car?

Can Super-Fast Battery Charging Fix the Electric Car?

If the goal is to charge up your electrical vehicle in, say, five minutes, that extra current meeting resistance means temperature-related problems inside the battery and out.“I question the wisdom of why we need to have 500-mile range in an electric car and also want fast charging in five minutes,” he says.

Extreme Heat in the Oceans Is Out of Control

Extreme Heat in the Oceans Is Out of Control

Once they knew the historical high temperatures for each month in different parts of the ocean, they had a baseline for marine temperature extremes before the escalation of climate change.

How we won the 36th America’s Cup

How we won the 36th America’s Cup

During the 2021 America’s Cup, NIWA’s supercomputer, the largest in New Zealand, was used to analyse past environmental conditions (hindcasting), predicting future weather (forecasting) and modelling ocean currents in the Hauraki Gulf – all to an extremely high resolution.

Humanity Has Turned Land Itself Into a Menace

Humanity Has Turned Land Itself Into a Menace

As the Arctic warms four times as fast as the rest of the planet, permafrost is thawing at an alarming rate, dragging down whatever’s at the surface or buckling anything that’s buried—roads, railways, pipelines, sewers, electrical transmission lines.

Your Medical History Might Someday Include ‘Climate Change’

Your Medical History Might Someday Include ‘Climate Change’

Months later, when speaking with the founders of a small organization called Doctors for Planetary Health, Merritt shared the story of his decision to write “climate change” in the patient’s chart.

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

To achieve its certification, Low Carbon Beef requires the meat to come in at least 10 percent below 26.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents per kilogram of carcass weight—a way of expressing greenhouse gas emissions that takes into account the different warming impacts of gases such as methane.

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in southern Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Can Being Reminded of My Death Improve My Life?

Can Being Reminded of My Death Improve My Life?

Death-reminder apps are essentially a Doomsday Clock for the individual.Its inspirational quotes about mortality are meant to remind users to pause and take stock of what they’re doing, a sort of companion to the many mindfulness apps.

The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

Models are now capable of interpreting the dynamics of parcels of atmosphere as small as 3 kilometers in area, and since 1960 these models have been able to include ever-more-accurate data sent from weather satellites.

To Fight Climate Change, First You Need to Measure It

To Fight Climate Change, First You Need to Measure It

The aim is to determine the relative concentration of different methane molecules and gain a better understanding of where the pollutants are coming from, explains Emmal Safi, a higher research scientist at NPL.Boreas is one of dozens of unique pieces of equipment measuring pollutants at NPL.

Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You?

Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You?

“You're not going to attract too many people,” says Haman, who studies thermal physiology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.Before industrialization, says Haman, “these extremes were actually part of life.” Bodies dealt with cold in the winter and heat in the summer.

How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities

How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities

The body farm in Western North Carolina was one stop on my yearlong journey to explore human composting, conservation cemeteries, green burial, water cremation, end-of-life doulas, and home funerals.