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Tag Archives: climate change

Pollen can raise your risk of COVID-19 – and the season is getting longer thanks to climate change

Pollen can suppress how the body’s immune system responds to viruses. Callista Images via Getty Images Lewis Ziska, Columbia University Exposure to pollen can make you more susceptible to COVID-19, and it isn’t just a problem for people with allergies, new research released March 9 shows. Plant physiologist Lewis Ziska, a co-author of the new peer-reviewed study and other recent …

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Increasing land use could turn Mount Kilimanjaro into an ecological island

A herd of elephants walk in front of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park. Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images Andreas Hemp, Bayreuth University and Claudia Hemp, Bayreuth University Located in Tanzania, with a height of almost 6,000 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain. Over the years, there’s been extensive urbanisation and development at the base of …

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Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why

Wadstock/Shutterstock Zhengyao Lu, Lund University and Benjamin Smith, Western Sydney University The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power – the most abundant and clean source of energy we have. Deserts are spacious, relatively flat, rich in silicon – the raw material for the semiconductors from which solar cells are made — …

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Climate change: what would 4°C of global warming feel like?

Lunatictm/Shutterstock Robert Wilby, Loughborough University Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in the Pacific Ocean – known as La Niña – began to emerge in the second half of the year. The Earth’s mean surface temperature in 2020 was …

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Forests go into growth ‘overdrive’ to recover from drought – new study

Tom Ovenden, Author provided Tom Ovenden, University of Stirling and Alistair Jump, University of Stirling One in 12 people could face severe drought every year by 2100, according to a recent study. And water stored on two-thirds of the Earth’s land surface will shrink as the climate warms. As plant ecologists, we’re concerned with what that means for forests – …

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How to cook Christmas dinner in the most environmentally friendly way possible

Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Ximena Schmidt, Brunel University London; Christian Reynolds, City, University of London, and Sarah Bridle, University of Manchester By now, most of us are aware that much of the food we eat, in one way or another, contributes to the climate crisis. From food production and waste, to food consumption and diets – the way we produce, eat, store, discard, …

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It might be the world’s biggest ocean, but the mighty Pacific is in peril

Shutterstock Jodie L. Rummer, James Cook University; Bridie JM Allan, University of Otago; Charitha Pattiaratchi, University of Western Australia; Ian A. Bouyoucos, James Cook University; Irfan Yulianto, IPB University, and Mirjam van der Mheen, University of Western Australia The Pacific Ocean is the deepest, largest ocean on Earth, covering about a third of the globe’s surface. An ocean that vast …

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An ocean like no other: the Southern Ocean’s ecological richness and significance for global climate

Shutterstock/CherylRamalho Ceridwen Fraser, University of Otago; Christina Hulbe, University of Otago; Craig Stevens, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, and Huw Griffiths, British Antarctic Survey In 2018, a map named after an oceanographer went viral. The so-called Spilhaus projection, in which Earth is viewed from above the South Pole, was designed to show the connected nature of the ocean …

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