In contrast to their oil-rich neighbors, Israel and Jordan are currently dependent on imported fossil fuels to meet their energy needs. Expanding renewable energy production provides a promising pathway to achieving greater energy independence and security for these nations.
The thought of a warm spring rain might sound nice—but not when it’s in Alaska. Scientists have discovered that a wetter climate caused by a warming planet is increasing methane emissions from thawing permafrost in northern locations. Those extra emissions could escalate the pace of climate change, making runaway global warming even harder to stop.
Although some say that nuclear power is a low cost, low-carbon energy source, nuclear waste may harm future generations. New research has shown that the true costs of nuclear power are far greater than many previous studies have indicated.
Suicides already account for more deaths globally than all other forms of violence combined. A recent study links increase in temperatures to rising number of suicides—not in poor farming communities—but in more developed parts of the world as well. These findings add another layer of urgency as scientists predict an increasingly warming world.
Luggage? Check. Passports? Check. Memorable vacations require a lot of preparation. Amidst all this planning, few people consider the environmental impact of their travel. A new study breaks down the carbon footprint of global tourism.
How long before it is too late to reduce fossil fuel emissions and meet the 2 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement? A new study provides clues to how policymakers might plan to address climate change and carbon emissions, and how long they have to do so. By arming leaders with an understanding of how policy, risk, and temperature targets are related, the study puts a timeline to humanity’s Point of No Return.
The Sahara Desert is one of the driest regions on Earth and is exposed to a tremendous amount of wind and sunlight. Encouraging new research shows that installing a large number of wind and solar power plants in this arid environment could increase rainfall and encourage plant growth.
Human development has disconnected thousands of acres of U.S. salt marsh from life-giving tidal flows. New research has found that restoring tidal flows to salt marshes can be an important intervention to slow the rate of climate change.