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17 Dec 2020

Freshwater Crisis

A Clean Water Crisis The water you drink today has likely been around in one form or another since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, hundreds of millions of years ago. While the amount of freshwater on the planet
3 Dec 2020

Why the sun impacts climate more in cooler periods

The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when
29 Oct 2020

Which type of energy will be the cheapest source of power?

Solar energy plants will soon deliver the most inexpensive power available in many parts of the world within a decade, according to a new analysis of the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). By 2025, the cost of
23 Sep 2020

World’s Largest Ice Shelf Is Melting 10 Times Faster Than Expected

A key part of the world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than previously estimated. Solar heating of the oceans, which the study’s authors called a “frequently overlooked process,” was a major factor driving the
2 Sep 2020

Using satellites to monitor forest health

Scientists for the first time have simultaneously compared widespread impacts from two of the most common forest insects in the West – mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm – an advance that could lead to more
21 Jul 2020

Climate Change Speeds Extinctions

If increases in greenhouse gases stay on pace, species will go extinct at an ever-increasing rate, according to a study published last week (May 1) in Science. In the worst-case scenario, global warming will contribute to wiping out
17 Jun 2020

How does the Sun affect the environment?

Without the Sun, Earth’s land, water, and air would all be frozen solid! Life on Earth would cease to exist. That’s because almost all living things rely on the steady light and heat of the Sun. The
11 May 2020

Air pollution linked to slower cognitive development in children

Attendance at schools exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is linked to slower cognitive development among 7-10-year-old children, according to a study published by Jordi Sunyer and colleagues from the Centre for Research in Environmental