Why Climate Change Might Be A National Emergency

Some argue that activities at the U.S. Southern border pose a grave threat to American lives. Statements from the Pentagon and other sources offer alternative perspectives on how “dire” things really are at the border. Experts estimate that between 445 and 600 homicides (not multiple thousands as claimed) were killed by undocumented immigrants in 2018….

Desalination wastes can be useful resources

The rapidly growing desalination industry produces water for drinking and for agriculture in the world’s arid coastal regions. But it leaves behind as a waste product a lot of highly concentrated brine, which is usually disposed of by dumping it back into the sea, a process that requires costly pumping systems and that must be…

Climate will shift hundreds of miles in one generation

In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of miles away–or to a new climate unlike any found in North America today. A new study and interactive web application aim to help the public understand how climate change will impact the lives of…

Arctic ice loss linked to abrupt climate events

A new study on ice cores shows that reductions in sea ice in the Arctic in the period between 30-100,000 years ago led to major climate events. During this period, Greenland temperatures rose by as much as 16 degrees Celsius. The results are published today (Monday 11 February) in Proceedings of the National Academy of…

Insects could vanish within a century

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within…

Can theatre help communicate conservation messages?

Theatre performances in zoos can be effective in increasing knowledge of important conservation messages, a study at the University of York has revealed. The study of puppet theatre performances watched by more than 14,000 children and 16,000 adults at Yorkshire’s Flamingo Land, showed a 22 per cent increase in the accuracy of knowledge relating to…

Prostate cancer prediction tool has unmatched accuracy

A team of researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a novel machine-learning framework that distinguishes between low- and high-risk prostate cancer with more precision than ever before. The framework, described in a Scientific Reports paper published today,…

Forecast suggests Earth’s warmest period on record

Today’s figures released by the Met Office include data from a number of sources including the latest publication of provisional figures for 2018 and the publication of the latest Met Office decadal forecast to 2023. Records for annual global average temperature extend back to 1850. Professor Adam Scaife, Head of Long-Range Prediction at the Met…

Climate change a threat to underwater forests

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science have found that climate change could lead to declines of underwater kelp forests through impacts on their microbiome. In humans, it has been observed that changes in the microbes in the gut can result in poor health. A similar process happens in…

Heat waves &, food insecurity may weaken immune systems

Heat waves can reduce the body’s immune response to flu, according to new research in mice at the University of Tokyo. The results have implications for how climate change may affect the future of vaccinations and nutrition. Climate change is predicted to reduce crop yields and nutritional value, as well as widen the ranges of…