Even weak tropical cyclones have grown more intense worldwide – we tracked 30 years of them using currents

Research shows storms that might have caused minimal damage a few decades ago are becoming stronger and more destructive as the planet warms.

Shang-Ping Xie, Roger Revelle Professor of Climate Science, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Cyborgs v 'holdout humans': what the world might be like if our species survives for a million years

There may be humans who look more or less like us in the year million, but they won’t be alone.

Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute & Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Heat pumps without home insulation could raise bills and overload the grid – here’s what the government can do

Home energy efficiency improvements should not be a luxury for those who can afford it.

Faye Wade, Chancellor's Fellow, Sociology, The University of Edinburgh • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Waste pickers risk their lives to stop plastic pollution – now they could help shape global recycling policies

Waste pickers want a say in how policies are designed and implemented.

Lucia Fernandez, Waste Pickers Global Coordinator, WIEGO & Lecturer in Architecture, Design and Urbanism, Universidad de la República Uruguay • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Graphene is a proven supermaterial, but manufacturing the versatile form of carbon at usable scales remains a challenge

Graphene is superstrong and superconductive, and it has applications in everything from construction to electronics. But to date there have been almost no commercial uses of the material.

Kevin Wyss, PhD Student in Chemistry, Rice University • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Still recovering from COVID-19, US public transit tries to get back on track

Public buses, subways and trains are relatively safe, fast and cheap. But competition from rideshares and concerns over COVID-19 will soon see some local agencies short of funds.

Kari Edison Watkins, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Is China ready to lead on protecting nature? At the upcoming UN biodiversity conference, it will preside and set the tone

China has rich natural resources and is seeking to play a leadership role in global conservation, but its economic goals often take priority over protecting lands and wildlife.

Vanessa Hull, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

Mussels are disappearing from the Thames and growing smaller – and it's partly because the river is cleaner

A new survey has revealed an alarming deterioration in the health of the River Thames ecosystem – but some of the recorded changes may be the result of a cleaner river.

Isobel Ollard, PhD Researcher, University of Cambridge • conversation
Nov. 28, 2022 ~7 min

Our US$10 trillion global energy bill dwarfs what’s needed to limit global heating

We can be much better at exploiting finance and economics to tackle climate change.

Stephen Peake, Professor of Climate Change and Energy, The Open University • conversation
Nov. 28, 2022 ~6 min

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