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Women Are Still Not Heard In the Climate Policy Conversation

4 Mins Read By: Meghie Rodrigues A case study in Brazil points to a deep gender gap that still has to be bridged in the policymaking debate. Climate change effects don’t have the same impact on everyone: Vulnerable groups always have it worse. This discrepancy is apparent even when these groups are not minorities, which is the case for […]

Tibetan Plateau ‘Third Pole’ Pollution Linked To Arctic Sea Ice Loss

4 Mins Read By: Michael Allen New research suggests an atmospheric connection between Arctic sea ice melt and anthropogenic aerosol pollution over the Tibetan Plateau. The Tibetan Plateau is one of the world’s most pristine ecological regions. Known as the Third Pole, it contains the largest land ice masses outside the poles, with glacier meltwater contributing to water […]

The Global North Is Responsible For An Eye-Popping 92% Of Our Excess Carbon Emissions

3 Mins Read By: Rishika Pardikar The United States and European Union bear disproportionate liability for emitting to the atmospheric commons, new research argues. The United States is responsible for 40% of the climate breakdown the world is experiencing today, and the European Union is responsible for 29%, according to new research. In total, the Global North is responsible for […]

Want To Know How Fast The Ocean Is Warming? Follow The Earthquakes

5 Mins Read By: Katherine Kornei By timing sound waves set in motion by earthquakes, scientists have estimated that the Indian Ocean is warming by roughly 0.044 K per decade. As greenhouse gases accumulate in Earth’s atmosphere, the planet holds on to heat that would otherwise dissipate into space. The bulk of that extra warmth is being absorbed […]

East Africa Nations Are Fighting E-Waste With New Responsible Policies & Plans

4 Mins Read By: Hope Mafaranga As Uganda develops its e-waste policy, neighboring Rwanda establishes a broad-based plan involving incentives and high-tech facilities. As many countries in Africa embrace the latest technology—smartphones, computers, and other electronic gadgets—few have developed national strategies for managing the resulting e-waste. E-waste may include electrical and electronic assemblies, scrap, and batteries. Some contains […]

Indian Government Solar Mandates Clash With Sacred Groves

4 Mins Read By: Rishika Pardikar As India moves toward ambitious climate goals, it is trampling on sacred groves in desert ecosystems. India has an ambitious target to generate 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022. Lands chosen to generate the solar component of this energy goal include the Thar Desert, a huge ecosystem in northwest India mostly located in […]

Climate Change: Stronger Typhoons Growing Threat For Asia

5 Mins Read By: Tim Hornyak New research shows a growing threat from Pacific storms amid climate change. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from around the world gathered virtually in July for a joint conference of the Japan Geoscience Union and AGU (JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2020), and one topic they discussed is of critical importance to the region: the […]

Is India’s Food Bowl Going To Run Out Of Water? Experts Say It’s Likely.

5 Mins Read By: Gurpreet Singh Water-guzzling rice consumes more water than Punjab can recharge. If current irrigation rates continue, the state will empty its groundwater reserves within 20 years. Punjab, a landlocked state in northern India, has a predominantly agriculture-based economy that earns it the nickname the “food bowl of India.” However, experts worry that if the […]

Mount Everest At Risk: Climate Change Causing Himalayas Glacier Melting

5 Mins Read By: T. V. Padma India’s first regional climate change assessment warns of accelerated glacier melt. Climate change has hastened glacial melting across the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, home to some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Everest. According to India’s first assessment of climate change, the country’s glaciers—and water resources—will be at further risk without local […]

The Arctic Ocean May Not Be A Reliable Carbon Sink

4 Mins Read By: Hannah Thomasy The rapid changes happening in the Arctic Ocean, including increasing freshwater input, could dramatically affect its ability to store carbon. Historically, scientists have believed that the Arctic Ocean will be an important carbon sink in the coming years—ice melt will increase the surface area that’s exposed to the air, facilitating carbon uptake from […]

How Modern Emissions Compare To Ancient, Extinction-Level Events

5 Mins Read By: Kate Wheeling Researchers find that a pulse of volcanic activity spanning several hundred years released as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as anthropogenic emissions projections for the 21st century. Many of Earth’s most severe extinction crises have coincided with some of its largest volcanic events. At the end of the Triassic era (some 202 […]