Analysis shows global warming is intensifying the occurrence of unprecedented hot spells and downpours faster than predicted by historical trends. New approaches for incorporating global warming into extreme weather analysis could improve global risk management.
A preliminary calculation suggests that tens of thousands of premature deaths from air pollution may have been avoided by the cleaner air in China. “The calculation is perhaps a useful reminder of the often-hidden health consequences of the status quo,” says Marshall Burke.
“There is an entire ecosystem that lives within sea ice in polar regions that might be an analog for what’s happening on other [worlds],” says Kevin Arrigo in an article about how extraterrestrial oceans could support life.
Researchers used satellite estimates and modeled precipitation data to show warming temperatures will cause more intense rainfall in some areas of the High Mountain Asia region, and this could lead to increased landslide activity in the border region of China and Nepal.
Plants around the world are growing at a slower than expected. Researchers say insufficient nutrients in the soil may be the culprit. A new world nutrient map provides a framework for predicting what areas around the world will be successful carbon sinks in the future.
Days after completing a formal fact-checking review, Facebook removed an ad containing misinformation about Australia's deadly wildfires. Noah Diffenbaugh explains how climate change elevates wildfire risk.