Keeping cool without warming the planet

Harvard scientists have developed a revolutionary new mechanism that could unlock environmentally friendly air conditioning.

Yahya Chaudhry • harvard
June 24, 2022 ~6 min

Repeated hurricane exposure may harm mental health

Rather than becoming acclimated to repeated exposure to disasters, victims' responses to subsequent hurricanes keep getting worse.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine • futurity
June 17, 2022 ~5 min

Coastal gentrification in Puerto Rico is displacing people and damaging mangroves and wetlands

Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is booming as nations lift COVID-19 travel restrictions, but development is displacing people who have lived along its coastlines for years.

Hilda Lloréns, Associate Professor, Anthropology & Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island • conversation
June 16, 2022 ~10 min

Using leeches to map biodiversity

Scientists looking to measure the biodiversity of wild animals in a nature reserve are taking their lead from leeches.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 15, 2022 ~6 min

Brain controls symptoms of sickness

Study illuminates connections to immune system.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 8, 2022 ~5 min

Britain's first wetland 'super reserve' offers boost to nature-based solutions to climate change

Somerset Wetlands national nature reserve merges and extends six existing protected sites.

Christian Dunn, Senior Lecturer in Natural Sciences, Bangor University • conversation
June 7, 2022 ~6 min

Hallucinating to better text translation

A machine-learning method imagines what a sentence visually looks like, to situate and ground its semantics in the real world, improving translation, like humans can.

Lauren Hinkel | MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab • mit
June 6, 2022 ~10 min

Should we protect nature for its own sake? For its economic value? Because it makes us happy? Yes

With the world losing species at an alarming rate, a conservation biologist explains how ideas about protecting biodiversity have evolved over the past 40 years.

Bradley J. Cardinale, Department Head, Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State • conversation
June 2, 2022 ~10 min

The Wall of Wind can blow away buildings at Category 5 hurricane strength to help engineers design safer homes – but even that isn't powerful enough

The test facility in Miami helps building designers prevent future storm damage. With the warming climate intensifying hurricanes, engineers are planning a new one with 200 mph winds and storm surge.

Ioannis Zisis, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Florida International University • conversation
May 31, 2022 ~9 min

Gas prices: as cooking fuels become more expensive, people are turning to dirtier alternatives

Cooking with wood and charcoal can raise indoor air pollution to dangerous levels.

Matthew Shupler, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Public Health, University of Liverpool • conversation
May 31, 2022 ~5 min