Tag: Science

On the heels of Europe’s devastating floods, scientists warn more is yet to come

Scientists warn the catastrophic floods that devastated western Europe last week are a glimpse into the future for the region, as climate change fuels more intense, slower-moving storm systems that can hold vast amounts of precipitation.  According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, similar slow-moving, low-pressure storms could become 14 […]

Climate change is making poison ivy stronger and itchier

Poison ivy is a fixture of the landscape in eastern North America and parts of Asia. The noxious, rash-causing weed grows in rocky outcroppings, open fields, and at the edge of forests — it generally loves to take over disturbed areas. It can grow in partial shade and doesn’t give a damn about soil moisture […]

What counts as a heat wave? It’s a life-or-death question.

You know a heat wave when you feel it — oppressively hot weather that makes you desperate for an ice-cold drink, or better yet, air conditioning.  But nailing down what counts as a heat wave is surprisingly tricky. Temperatures vary widely from place to place — normal summertime weather in Las Vegas would be considered […]

A massive water recycling proposal could help ease drought

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Lake Mead, which provides water for 25 million people in the American West, has shrunk to 36 percent of its capacity. One rural California community has run out of water entirely after its well broke in early […]

The US is about to go all-in on paying farmers and foresters to trap carbon

Kelly Garrett runs his 7,000-acre farm in western Iowa with the same attitude he brings to a game of golf. He wants a hole in one every time — in other words, perfection.  He is the seventh generation of his family to live and work on the rolling hills of Garrett Land and Cattle in […]

Climate crisis causing male dragonflies to lose wing ‘bling’, study finds

Black patterns used to attract mates can cause the insects to overheat in hotter climates Male dragonflies are losing the “bling” wing decorations that they use to entice the females as climates get hotter, according to new research. The results have led to the scientists calling for more work on whether this disparate evolution might […]

The US wants to make EV batteries without these foreign metals. Should it?

The electric vehicle or EV revolution owes its existence to lithium batteries, and those batteries have a cocktail of specialized minerals to thank for their high performance. In most cases, that cocktail’s ingredient list includes cobalt and nickel, minerals that help deliver the long lifespan and range that consumers increasingly demand of EVs.  But with […]

New climate science could cause wave of litigation against businesses – study

Experts say scientific advances are making it easier to attribute the damages of climate breakdown to companies’ activities Businesses could soon be facing a fresh wave of legal action holding them to account for their greenhouse gas emissions, owing to advances in climate science, experts have warned. More than 1,500 legal actions have already been […]

The Guardian view on getting to net zero: the crunch is coming | Editorial

Bold climate targets are meaningless without policies to meet them. The PM should grab the chance to make Cop26 a success Targets are all very well. But not if there is no way of reaching them. In which case, they are a sham. This is the problem now confronting the government. The UK’s stated goal […]

The search for the Dr. Fauci of climate change

It’s easy to think about the global climate crisis in the abstract. Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah’s death gave it a face. The 9-year-old girl’s fatal asthma attack might have passed without public notice except for the fact that, after a long legal fight, it became the first British death officially attributed to fossil fuel-caused air pollution. When […]