We're decoding ancient hurricanes' traces on the sea floor – and evidence from millennia of Atlantic storms is not good news for the coast

As an unusual 2022 hurricane season ends on Nov. 30, a look back at hurricane history suggests we may be significantly underestimating future risks.

Tyler Winkler, Postdoctoral Researcher in Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution • conversation
Nov. 28, 2022 ~12 min

Dreaming of beachfront real estate? Much of Florida's coast is at risk of storm erosion that can cause homes to collapse, as Daytona just saw

Dozens of homes near Daytona Beach collapsed or were left unstable when Hurricane Nicole struck. Here’s what can be done to reduce that kind of risk.

Zhong-Ren Peng, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida • conversation
Nov. 23, 2022 ~8 min


After COP27, all signs point to world blowing past the 1.5 degrees global warming limit – here's what we can still do about it

A leading climate scientist explains why going over 1.5 degrees Celsius puts the world in a danger zone.

Peter Schlosser, Vice President and Vice Provost of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University • conversation
Nov. 22, 2022 ~8 min

COP27's ‘loss and damage’ fund for developing countries could be a breakthrough – or another empty climate promise

It’s a landmark agreement, acknowledging for the first time that wealthy countries bear some responsibility to help. But it leaves many unanswered questions.

Adil Najam, Professor of International Relations, Boston University • conversation
Nov. 21, 2022 ~8 min

Japan's ivory market is no longer a threat to elephant populations – here's why

Japan was one of the world’s largest ivory markets – research explains why the country is no longer a key destination for the product.

Takahiro Kubo, Senior Researcher in National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) & Visiting Researcher in ICCS, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 18, 2022 ~7 min

Earth can regulate its own temperature over millennia, new study finds

Scientists have confirmed that a “stabilizing feedback” on 100,000-year timescales keeps global temperatures in check.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 16, 2022 ~8 min

Africa has vast gas reserves – here’s how to stop them adding to climate change

Developed nations threaten to consume more than their fair share of Earth’s dwindling carbon budget.

Youba Sokona, Vice-président du GIEC et professeur honoraire, UCL • conversation
Nov. 15, 2022 ~8 min

Ants – with their wise farming practices and efficient navigation techniques – could inspire solutions for some human problems

Over hundreds of million years of evolution, ants have come up with some pretty smart solutions to problems of agriculture, navigation and architecture. People could learn a thing or two.

Scott Solomon, Associate Teaching Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University • conversation
Nov. 15, 2022 ~9 min


How the energy crisis is pressuring countries' climate plans – while some race to renewables, others see wealth in natural gas, but drilling benefits may be short-lived

Natural gas projects in Africa might help reduce supply shortages temporarily, but they could soon become stranded assets.

Robert Brecha, Professor of Sustainability, University of Dayton • conversation
Nov. 11, 2022 ~9 min

How the energy crisis is pressuring countries at the UN climate summit – while some race to renewables, others see natural gas wealth, but it may be short-lived

Natural gas projects in Africa might help reduce supply shortages temporarily, but they could soon become stranded assets.

Robert Brecha, Professor of Sustainability, University of Dayton • conversation
Nov. 11, 2022 ~9 min

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