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Lake mud reveals the fate of an ancient Maya city

The mud that accumulates at the bottom of lakes contains a rich archive of past environments, in part because it preserves much of what is buried with it. It preserves pollen grains that tell us what plants were growing in the watershed. It also preserves... click to read more

  • David Wahl | Research Geographer; Associate Adjunct Professor at U.S. Geological Survey; UC Berkeley, USA
Views 351
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 4, 2020
Rapid increase of nuclear weapons in India and Pakistan may lead to local and global catastrophes

India and Pakistan achieved independence from the United Kingdom just after World War II. During the partition of the British Indian Empire, the princely State of Jammu and Kashmir became divided between India, Pakistan and China. India and Pakistan have had four wars over control... click to read more

  • Owen B. Toon | Professor at Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Alan Robock | Distinguished Professor at Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Views 786
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 26, 2020
The bumpy-effect of climate change on transatlantic flights

The North Atlantic flight corridor is the busiest oceanic airspace in the world. Fundamental to its operation is the jet stream - a narrow ribbon of fast west-to-east flowing air (sometimes over 200 mph) that peaks in strength at around 30,000 - 40,000 feet (the... click to read more

  • Simon H. Lee | PhD student at Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Reading, UK
Views 806
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 20, 2020
Ancient water harvesting practices can help solve modern problems

Some people might think that indigenous knowledge is outdated and less valuable than mainstream knowledge. However, revaluing ancient wisdom can help solve some of the most challenging problems in modernity. One important example is that of supplying water to large urban populations located in water-scarce... click to read more

  • Boris F. Ochoa-Tocachi | Research Associate at Imperial College London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK
  • Wouter Buytaert | Reader at Imperial College London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK
Views 1199
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 14, 2020
A connected ocean: drifting fish larvae bind nations' marine territories

Marine fisheries are an important source of food, employment, and income for millions of people. Over 90% of the marine fish we eat are caught within countries' coastal waters, and policies to conserve these fish often assume they stay within those waters their whole lives.... click to read more

  • Nandini Ramesh | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Kimberly L. Oremus | Assistant Professor at School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware, Newark, USA
  • James A. Rising | Assistant Professor at Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics, London, UK
Views 1005
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 12, 2020