‘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.

Spring Flowers Are Blooming Earlier in Greater Yellowstone

Spring Flowers Are Blooming Earlier in Greater Yellowstone

But climate change is knocking the timing of flowering and fruiting out of whack for many plants in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem according to a new study authored by scientists at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Wyoming.

Hotspot Watch 6 May 2022

Hotspot Watch 6 May 2022

As of 3 May, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in parts of the upper South Island, much of Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 22 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 22 April 2022

As of 19 April, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in parts of the West Coast, central Otago, and northern Southland.

Hotspot Watch 14 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 14 April 2022

In the South Island, a and of moderate-to-heavy rainfall looks to move over Fiordland, Southland and the West Coast on Saturday 15th , delivering widespread 20-80 mm about western areas, and 5-15 mm for other parts of Southland and southern Otago.

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2022

The driest soils across the South Island, when compared to normal for this time of year, are found in Southland and southern Otago, while the wettest soils are found in northern coastal Canterbury, about Kaikoura.

The Field Herper: Finding Reptiles and Amphibians for Fun

The Field Herper: Finding Reptiles and Amphibians for Fun

“Whatever it is in the natural world that you get into, you get deeper and deeper into the lives of those animals,” says Mike Pingleton, field herper.© Daniel Núñez/TNC Photo Contest 2021 Pingleton, a field herper, retired from a 30-year career of computer operations in 2019.

What’s That Weird Noise in the Night?

What’s That Weird Noise in the Night?

Red Fox. As I remember, the late-night call with my new-to-Maryland neighbor went something like this: “Do you hear a woman screaming?” she sounded breathless and a little frantic.

A Bold Idea to Stall the Climate Crisis—by Building Better Trees

A Bold Idea to Stall the Climate Crisis—by Building Better Trees

Of all the potential fixes for the climate crisis, none has captured hearts and minds quite like tree planting.If newly planted forests aren’t properly cared for and monitored, the trees can die and any carbon they stored will be released back into the atmosphere.

Hotspot Watch 24 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 24 March 2022

As of 22 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are located in Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located in parts of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

Hotspot Watch 25 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 25 February 2022

As of 22 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located across much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato.

Hotspot Watch 17 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 17 February 2022

As of 15 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and central North Island.As of 15 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and lower South Island.

“Very rare find” of ghost shark hatchling

“Very rare find” of ghost shark hatchling

Neonate (newly hatched) deepwater ghost shark (Hydrolagus sp) [Photo: Brit Finucci].Most deep-water ghost sharks are known adult specimens; neonates are infrequently reported so we know very little about them.

Hotspot Watch 10 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 10 February 2022

As of 7 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and lower South Island.

Hotspot Watch 4 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 4 February 2022

As of the 2 February, the NZDI map below shows that dry conditions extend from Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough, across the Southern Alps and ranges, and down to much of Otago and Southland, including Stewart Island.

Thousands of Planes Are Flying Empty and No One Can Stop Them

Thousands of Planes Are Flying Empty and No One Can Stop Them

Lufthansa, Germany’s national airline, which is based in Frankfurt, has admitted to running 21,000 empty flights this winter, using its own planes and those of its Belgian subsidiary, Brussels Airlines, in an attempt to keep hold of airport slots.

What It's Like to Give Up Air Travel to Curb Climate Change

What It's Like to Give Up Air Travel to Curb Climate Change

Katherine Leswing was sitting in an airport in France with her five-month-old son, waiting to catch a flight home, when she first started to think about giving up flying because of climate change.Instead of traveling the globe, Milner-Brown focuses on exploring her home of Scotland and taking train trips through Europe.

Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

As of 25 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across nearly all of the upper North Island, Bay of Plenty, parts of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. In addition, very dry or extremely dry conditions are located in much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato, while a small area of meteorological drought has emerged in northwest Northland.

Star Bright: What Are Dark Sky Reserves?

Star Bright: What Are Dark Sky Reserves?

For Leonard, I was lucky enough to be looking up at the right time while also in the right place, the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.Dark Sky Sanctuaries are not sizeable like Reserves, but they are still significant.It’s also a Dark Sky Sanctuary.

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

Changing tastes and the popularity of man-made fibers means there’s a surfeit of strong wool in New Zealand—an estimated 1 million tons is stored waiting for the prices to improve—but 26-year-old inventor Logan Williams, and his company Shear Edge, is hoping to make the most of this increasingly ignored material by chopping it up and using it to make boats, knives, fencing, and just about anything that’s currently made using plastic.

Did You Know There Are Four Hyena Species?

Did You Know There Are Four Hyena Species?

Their celebrity status also leads to a common perception: that hyenas live by stealing prey killed by lions and other predators.Striped hyenas primarily scavenge the carcasses of large mammals, but they too are very opportunistic.

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.

How Hyenas Sanitize The City

How Hyenas Sanitize The City

“People use town during the day but at night, hyenas come from natural areas around town into the city to feed on carcass waste left out by people,” Sonawane says.

Don’t Look Up Nails the Frustration of Being a Scientist

Don’t Look Up Nails the Frustration of Being a Scientist

Towards the end of 2018, movie director Adam McKay was talking to journalist David Sirota about the relative lack of media coverage for what they saw as the biggest issue of the time: climate change.

The Great Danger of the Tiny Bark Beetle

The Great Danger of the Tiny Bark Beetle

These infestations can be fatal for pines—a 2019 study found that among ponderosa pines attacked by bark beetles following the drought, an estimated 90 percent of them died.

The Race to Find ‘Green’ Helium

The Race to Find ‘Green’ Helium

It was July 2021, the beginning of the drill team’s second month in the Rukwa Basin, a sparsely populated agricultural plain nearly the size of Fiji.

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

His recent book, Move: The Forces Uprooting Us, analyzes where people are relocating to and how the “map of humanity” will shift in the coming decades, with an eye toward climate change, politics, jobs, and technology.More Americans are moving for jobs and affordable housing than because of climate change, Khanna says.

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.

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.