Category Archives: Climate change

Rivers in the Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles

A growing body of evidence indicates that the continuing destruction of tropical forests is disrupting the movement of water in the atmosphere, causing major shifts in precipitation that could lead to drought in key agricultural areas in China, India, and … Continue reading

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Stark Evidence: A Warmer World Is Sparking More and Bigger Wildfires

The increase in forest fires, seen this summer from North America to the Mediterranean to Siberia, is directly linked to climate change, scientists say. And as the world continues to warm, there will be a greater risk for fires on … Continue reading

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Humans have a long history of coming together to solve a climate crisis

Responding to a crisis often brings out the best in people. Certainly, it has in the past, when sudden changes in climate during the Middle Stone Age sparked off surges of cultural evolution and innovation in early modern humans, some … Continue reading

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Archaeology can help us prepare for climates ahead

Watching the weather for today and tomorrow is relatively easy with apps and news programs – but knowing what the climate was like in the past is a little more difficult. Archaeological evidence can show us how humans coped with … Continue reading

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Bruno Latour: Down to Earth, Politics in the New Climatic Regime

The present ecological mutation has organized the whole political landscape for the last thirty years. This could explain the deadly cocktail of exploding inequalities, massive deregulation, and conversion of the dream of globalization into a nightmare for most people. What holds … Continue reading

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Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

Humans have become so powerful that we have disrupted the functioning of the Earth System as a whole, bringing on a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – one in which the serene and clement conditions that allowed civilization to … Continue reading

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How Climate Change Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes

The atmosphere is far from isolated and interacts with other elements of the so-called “Earth system”, such as the oceans, ice caps and even the ground beneath our feet, in complex and often unexpected ways capable of making our world … Continue reading

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Ocean Solutions to Address Climate Change and Its Effects on Marine Ecosystems

The Paris Agreement target of limiting global surface warming to 1.5–2∘C compared to pre-industrial levels by 2100 will still heavily impact the ocean. While ambitious mitigation and adaptation are both needed, the ocean provides major opportunities for action to reduce … Continue reading

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Want to solve the world’s problems? Try working together across disciplines

Labor Day is our New Year’s Eve. Rather than vowing to lose weight or spend less time on our phones, as college professors we head into the new school year with a different kind of resolution: to inspire and prepare … Continue reading

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Economic shifts in agricultural production and trade due to climate change

T In addition to expanding agricultural land area and intensifying crop yields, increasing the global trade of agricultural products is one mechanism that humanity has adapted to meet the nutritional demands of a growing population. However, climate change will affect the distribution of … Continue reading

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