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Project Will Delve Into How Climate and Tectonics Shaped Human Ancestors Over 25 Million Years

A new project will investigate the relationships between tectonics, climate and the evolution of humans’ primate ancestors in Kenya’s Turkana Basin.

by |September 25, 2020

Stability Check on Antarctica Reveals High Risk for Long-Term Sea Level Rise

The warmer it gets, the faster Antarctica will lose ice, and at some point the losses will become irreversible. That is what researchers say in a new cover story in the leading journal Nature, in which they calculate how much warming the Antarctic Ice Sheet can survive.

by |September 23, 2020
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Europe’s ‘Great Famine’ Years Were Some of the Soggiest in Centuries

Unrelenting rains led to a miserable famine in Europe from 1315-1317. Just how wet was it? A new study reveals that the beginning of the famine included some of the wettest years in the last 700 years.

by |September 22, 2020
Low angle view of African American lab worker examining machine part while working in a lab.

U.S. Should Launch a National Energy Innovation Mission to Reach Climate Goals

A new report details a plan to kickstart energy innovation in the U.S.

by |September 15, 2020

Scientists Piece Together Nearly Two Decades of Global Glacier Ice Loss

Scientists filled an 11-month gap in satellite data, creating a continuous 18-year record that tracks glacial melt and will aid predictions about sea level rise.

by |September 3, 2020
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Researchers Show Potential for Subseasonal Forecasts to Predict Dengue Outbreaks

A new study shows for the first time that rainfall and temperature forecasts can be used to predict outbreaks of dengue fever by estimating mosquito abundance.

by |August 25, 2020

Greenland Ice Sheet Saw Record Loss in 2019

An international team of polar researchers says that the Greenland ice sheet experienced record loss in 2019.

by |August 20, 2020

Fossil Leaves Show High Atmospheric Carbon Spurred Ancient ‘Global Greening’

Scientists studying leaves from a forest that stood during a warm period 23 million years ago have for the first time linked high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide with increased plant growth, as well with the high temperatures of the time.

by |August 20, 2020

A New Way to Calculate the Price of Carbon Pollution

How to set carbon prices that are consistent with goals of both climate experts and economists.

by Noah Kaufman |August 17, 2020

Study Quantifies Potential COVID-19 Spread From Hurricane Evacuation

Spread of the coronavirus during a hurricane evacuation could be minimized by directing evacuees to the right areas and taking proper measures, say researchers.

by |August 13, 2020