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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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Concern for global warming is not a new craze

It is 80 years since the first calculations showed that the Earth was warming due to rising greenhouse gas emissions. Some people argue that concern for global warming is a modern phenomenon. And that scientists and environmental activists invented these worries … Continue reading

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Climate-change–driven accelerated sea-level rise

Satellite altimetry has shown that global mean sea level has been rising at a rate of ∼3 ± 0.4 mm/y since 1993. Using the altimeter record coupled with careful consideration of interannual and decadal variability as well as potential instrument … Continue reading

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What will our climate look like in 2050?

Knowing that we have the power to influence global climate is enormously important when trying to imagine what our climate might look like in 2050. To a large degree, it will depend on actions our leaders take now and in … Continue reading

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More extreme warm days in a warmer climate

Global warming means more warm extreme weather conditions, according to an analysis of more than 140 years of air temperature data. The climate is changing. The Earth is becoming warmer and man-made emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are … Continue reading

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What makes the Climate Change?

Explore the processes behind climate change today and in our recent past. Throughout history, the Earth has experienced many climate changes. So how can we explain these changes and how can we tell the difference between natural and man-made climate … Continue reading

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Is climate change making mega-hurricanes the new normal?

Two powerful hurricanes within two weeks, and sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico have been among the highest in the world this year – coincidence? Or is global warming fueling these massive storms? The magic temperature for formation … Continue reading

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What Does the Antarctic Ice Shelf Break Really Mean?

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Over the past few years, I’ve led a team that has been studying this ice shelf and monitoring change. We spent … Continue reading

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The Uninhabitable Earth: What climate change could wreak

It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. … Continue reading

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