Reactor turns natural gas into ingredient for plastics

With oil production dropping, a new process that uses natural gas to create a key ingredient for plastic could help avoid shortages.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 26, 2024 ~5 min

MIT-derived algorithm helps forecast the frequency of extreme weather

The new approach “nudges” existing climate simulations closer to future reality.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
March 26, 2024 ~8 min


Video games like Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley can inspire players to look after nature

In Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley, restoring harmony with nature against exploitative forces is key to the game’s narrative.

Lucas Friche, PhD Candidate, Communication Studies, Université de Lorraine • conversation
March 26, 2024 ~6 min

How nature can alter our sense of time

Time pressure is bad for your health- but the answer may be right outside your door.

Jessica Thompson, PhD candidate in Environment and wellbeing, University of Salford • conversation
March 25, 2024 ~6 min

Fighting every wildfire ensures the big fires are more extreme, and may harm forests’ ability to adapt to climate change

A new study offers a rare window into the hidden effects of aggressive fire suppression that go beyond fuel accumulation. It may even change the course of forest evolution.

Mark Kreider, Ph.D. Candidate in Forest and Conservation Science, University of Montana • conversation
March 25, 2024 ~7 min

How ghost streams and redlining’s legacy lead to unfairness in flood risk, in Detroit and elsewhere

Mapping where water once flowed is important for managing flood risk today in Detroit and elsewhere.

Jacob Napieralski, Professor of Geology, University of Michigan-Dearborn • conversation
March 19, 2024 ~8 min

Eight ways to overhaul the UK’s inadequate sewer system

The UK’s Victorian-era sewer network is at breaking point.

William Perry, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University • conversation
March 14, 2024 ~7 min

The Anthropocene is not an epoch − but the age of humans is most definitely underway

Scientists have been debating the start of the Anthropocene Epoch for 15 years. I was part of those discussions, and I agree with the vote rejecting it.

Erle C. Ellis, Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
March 5, 2024 ~7 min


The estimated 2.5 million people displaced by tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters in 2023 tell a story of recovery in America and who is vulnerable

Census data and research show all things are not equal in disaster displacement, as two experts in disaster recovery explain.

James Kendra, Director, Disaster Research Center and Professor, Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware • conversation
March 4, 2024 ~8 min

Estimated 2.5 million people displaced by tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters in 2023 tell a story of recovery in America and who is vulnerable

Census data and research show all things are not equal in disaster displacement, as two experts in disaster recovery explain.

James Kendra, Director, Disaster Research Center and Professor, Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware • conversation
March 4, 2024 ~8 min

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