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Climate Change May Soon Hit Billions of People. Many Cities Are Already Taking Action.

Billions of people in thousands of cities around the world will soon be at risk from climate-related heat waves, droughts, flooding, food shortages and energy blackouts by mid-century, but many cities are already taking action to blunt such effects, says a new report from a consortium of international organizations.

by |June 20, 2018

How Will People Move as Climate Changes?

A new model estimates how many climate migrants there will be, where they are likely to go, and what effects they might have on the places to which they move.

by |June 13, 2018

Climate-Related Flooding May Quickly Disrupt Global Trade Chains

Intensifying river floods caused by global warming may hamper national economies worldwide, and effects might propagate through global trade and supply networks, a new study says.

by |May 28, 2018

Machine Listening for Earthquakes

In a new study, researchers show that machine learning algorithms can pick out different types of earthquakes from three years of data at Geysers in California. The repeating patterns of earthquakes appear to match the seasonal rise and fall of water-injection flows into the hot rocks below.

by |May 23, 2018

How Australia Got Planted

A new study has uncovered when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent.

by |May 21, 2018

In India, Dirty Air Kills as Easily in the Country as in the City

A forthcoming study of northern India suggests that people living in rural areas are as likely to die prematurely from the effects of poor air quality as those living in cities.

by |May 16, 2018

In Ancient Rocks, Scientists See a Climate Cycle Working Across Deep Time

A gradual shift in Earth’s orbit that repeats every 405,000 years plays a role in natural climate swings.

by |May 7, 2018
scientists approaching lake carrying sediment coring tubes on Easter Island

Digging Into Easter Island’s Climate History

Sediments deposited over thousands of years provide a window to the past—and may perhaps shed light on what happened to the island’s now-lost civilization.

by |May 2, 2018
traversing the thwaites glacier

U.S., UK Scientists Join to Study Possible Collapse of Massive Antarctic Glacier

An international collaboration will study the wasting of the Thwaites glacier, which already accounts for around 4 percent of current global sea-level rise, and could collapse within decades or centuries.

by |April 30, 2018
amoc diagram

Sluggish Ocean Currents Caused European Heat Wave Some 12,000 Years Ago

New study suggests we may be underestimating the chances of extreme heat and droughts in Europe under climate change.

by |April 24, 2018