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Reflections on Visits to Pakistan

A conservation biologist writes about his trips to Pakistan over the last 30 years, reflecting on challenges, growth, and connections made over time.

by Marc Foggin |November 30, 2022

A Study Offers New Insights Into the Record 2021 Western North America Heat Wave

Several weeks during summer 2021 saw heat records in the western United States and Canada broken not just by increments, but by tens of degrees, an event of unprecedented extremity. To what degree was it climate change, bad luck, or a combination?

by |November 24, 2022

How Studying the Clouds Can Improve Climate Models

Kara Lamb discusses her research using machine learning to study cirrus clouds and how it can increase the accuracy of climate models.

by Elise Gout |November 23, 2022

Iron-Rich Dust From South America Played Role in Last Two Glacial Periods, Says Study

Dust from the land that gets blown into the ocean appears to influence natural climate swings. A new study looks into where much of that dust came from in the past 260,000 years.

by |November 22, 2022

Building Green Energy Facilities May Produce Substantial Carbon Emissions, Says Study

Moving from fossil fuels to solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources will by itself create a new stream of carbon emissions with the construction so much new infrastructure. The good news: Speeding the transition would greatly reduce this effect.

by |November 21, 2022
charts showing decline in sea ice under different emissions scenarios

Report Released at COP27 Gives a ‘Terminal Diagnosis’ for Summer Sea Ice

The COP27 State of the Cryosphere 2022 Report has stated that summer sea ice will melt completely, likely before 2050. This outcome is deemed “inevitable.”

by |November 7, 2022
map shows distribution of green roofs across NYC's five boroughs, mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn

New Study Provides First Look at Green Roof Distribution Across NYC

The data reveal that only a tiny fraction of buildings have green roofs, and most are in wealthy areas.

by |November 1, 2022

Some of the Most Drastic Risks From Climate Change Are Routinely Excluded From Economic Models, Says Study

Economic models are missing huge future risks from climate change, in part because no one knows how to quantify them, says a new study.

by |October 27, 2022
daily electricity use

Two Years Into COVID-19, the City That Never Sleeps Returns to Waking Up Early

Higher electricity usage in NYC homes reflects the “new normal,” and raises concerns about winter energy costs.

by Christoph J. Meinrenken and Patricia J. Culligan |October 26, 2022

What Tropical Trees Can Teach Us About the Environment

PhD student Rose Oelkers discusses her work in the Amazon and what we can learn from the trees if we listen closely.

by |October 25, 2022