Three ways climate change is pushing butterflies and moths to their limits

Climate change puts pressure on British butterflies and moths - sometimes pushing them to the edges of their geographical range or shifting the timing of their life cycle so they can’t feed.

Elizabeth Duncan, Associate Professor of Zoology, University of Leeds • conversation
Feb. 29, 2024 ~8 min

Where does lightning strike? New maps pinpoint 36.8 million yearly ground strike points in unprecedented detail

A new study shows how often lightning strikes and how it behaves, often hitting the ground with multiple strikes from the same flash.

Chris Vagasky, Meteorologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
Feb. 27, 2024 ~7 min

RSPB at 120: the forgotten South American pioneer who helped change Victorian attitudes to birds

A group of determined women founded the RSPB, but they had great support behind the scenes by a little-known Argentinean naturalist.

S. James Reynolds, Assistant Professor in Ornithology and Animal Conservation, University of Birmingham • conversation
Feb. 27, 2024 ~7 min

Could a couple of Thai otters have helped the UK’s otter population recover? Our study provides a hint

Research has revealed how British otters may have been able to recover from species loss in the 1950s with the help of otters from Asia.

Sarah du Plessis, PhD Candidate, Cardiff University • conversation
Feb. 27, 2024 ~6 min

Offshore wind farms: policymakers are more influenced by reports that accentuate negative impacts – new study

A new study highlights how different literature portrays the pros and cons of offshore wind. Comprehensive assessment frameworks could create more consistency in the future.

Claire Szostek, Marine Ecologist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory • conversation
Feb. 22, 2024 ~7 min

Gut bacteria may explain why grey squirrels outcompete reds – new research

New research suggests the gut bacteria of red and grey squirrels differ significantly, potentially explaining the decline of the native red and the success of its grey counterpart.

Craig Shuttleworth, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Bangor University • conversation
Feb. 21, 2024 ~6 min

US ‘pause’ on future liquefied gas exports throws doubt on fossil fuel’s place in energy transition

The US Department of Energy will review its process for approving new LNG projects.

Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick • conversation
Feb. 9, 2024 ~7 min

In Chile, huge wildfires have killed at least 131 people – but one village was almost untouched

This was no ‘natural disaster’. There are lessons to learn from areas that survived the fires.

Yasna Palmeiro Silva, Research Fellow, Institute for Global Health, UCL • conversation
Feb. 8, 2024 ~6 min

Biden’s ‘hard look’ at liquefied natural gas exports raises a critical question: How does natural gas fit with US climate goals?

The US, a minor liquefied natural gas supplier a decade ago, now is the world’s top source. That’s good for energy security, but bad for Earth’s climate. An energy scholar explains the trade-offs.

Emily Grubert, Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Policy, University of Notre Dame • conversation
Feb. 7, 2024 ~8 min

Power outages leave poor communities in the dark longer: Evidence from 15M outages raises questions about recovery times

Researchers tracked power outages after 8 major storms to see how wealth corresponded to recovery time.

Scott C. Ganz, Associate Teaching Professor of Business and Economics, Georgetown University • conversation
Feb. 7, 2024 ~6 min