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Category Archives: Climate Change

New study pinpoints and maps the places most at risk on a warming planet

Grist: “As many as five billion people will face hunger and a lack of clean water by 2050 as the warming climate disrupts pollination, freshwater, and coastal habitats, according to new research published last week in Science. People living in South Asia and Africa will bear the worst of it.
Climate activists have been telling us for a while now that global warming isn’t just about the polar bears, so it’s hardly breaking news that humans are going to suffer because nature is suffering. But what is new about this model is the degree of geographic specificity. It pinpoints the places where projected environmental losses overlap with human populations who depend on those resources and maps them with a nifty interactive viewer. This model identifies not just the general ways climate change harms the environment and how people will feel those changes, but also where these changes will likely occur, and how significant they’ll be. It’s an unprecedented degree of detail for a global biodiversity model…”

Bird populations have crashed. Here’s what you can do to help.

Washington Post – “…A study by ornithologists and other scientists released last month told us bird populations have crashed. Since 1970, the United States and Canada have lost nearly 3 billion, close to 30 percent fewer individuals. The losses are across habitats and species, though hardest hit are birds that inhabit the grasslands from Texas north… Continue Reading

How Britain’s backyard bird feeders are shaping evolution

World Economic Forum – “Britain’s love affair with garden birds is reshaping its avian population. Several species have grown in number and overall diversity has increased, according to new research that explores the impact of the nation’s obsession with bird feeders. With at least half of all British households catering for the birds in their… Continue Reading

Paper – The effect of pollution on crime

The effect of pollution on crime: Evidence from data on particulate matter and ozone. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management – Available online 30 September 2019, 102267. In Press, Journal Pre-proof [paywall]. – “We estimate the effect of short-term air pollution exposure (PM2.5 and ozone) on several categories of crime, with a particular emphasis on… Continue Reading

‘Ultimate gift to future generations’: plan to laser map all land on Earth

UK Guardian – Project to record cultural, geological and environmental treasures at risk from climate crisis  – “A project to produce detailed maps of all the land on Earth through laser scanning has been revealed by researchers who say action is needed now to preserve a record of the world’s cultural, environmental and geological treasures. Prof… Continue Reading

Two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise

Auduban – Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink: “If we take action now, we can improve the chances for hundreds of bird species. By stabilizing carbon emissions and holding warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, 76 percent of vulnerable species will be better off, and nearly 150 species would no longer be vulnerable to… Continue Reading

The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America

The New York Times – See driving-related emissions in your metro area, road by road – “These findings come from a New York Times analysis of new data released through Boston University’s Database of Road Transportation Emissions. The database provides the most detailed estimates available of local on-road CO2 over the past three decades. The… Continue Reading

Visualizing the Effects of Bad Weather and the Trade War on Farmers

Center for Data Visualization – “The Wall Street Journal has created a series of data visualizations showing how bad weather and the United States-China trade war have created significant challenges for U.S. farmers. The visualizations show that the months between July 2018 and June 2019 were the wettest in the United States since record-keeping began… Continue Reading

600 Years of Grape Harvests Document 20th Century Climate Change

Earth and Space Science News (EOS) – “Climate change isn’t just captured by thermometers—grapes can also do the trick. By mining archival records of grape harvest dates going back to 1354, scientists have reconstructed a 664-year record of temperature traced by fruit ripening. The records, from the Burgundy region of France, represent the longest series… Continue Reading

Proposals for Reform Volume II: National Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy

The second National Task Force report on the Rule of Law & Democracy outlines how to curb political interference in government science and fix a broken appointments process. “In recent years, the norms and expectations that once ensured that our government was guided primarily by the public interest rather than by individual or partisan interest… Continue Reading