climate change

Uncovering Secrets to Coral Survival in a Changing Climate

By Grace Klinger, Science Communication Fellow at Shedd Aquarium Corals are diverse organisms that provide food and homes to millions of marine species, promoting biodiversity in our oceans. Some are soft, some are stony. Some live in deep water, some ...

Ragweed Is On The Move

By Marlene Cimons Kristina Stinson never had an allergic reaction to ragweed until after she started working with it. “I think the repeated exposure to the pollen is what did it,” she said. It also didn’t help that her ...

In Sharm el Sheikh, a Time for Action on Biodiversity

By Susan Lieberman Sharm el Shekih, Egypt The global community has gathered in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt for the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, or CBD—an international treaty to which every country in the ...

Honduras Leads Central American Response to Climate Change

By Jeremy Radachowsky By now, we recognize that deforestation and fossil fuel emissions impact polar bears in the Arctic and raise sea levels around the world. But climate change also hits in ways and places less publicized. Climate change has ...

Cracks in the Future of the Antarctic

Last week governments met in the southern reaches of Hobart, Australia to make decisions on how to manage the vulnerable icy waters around Antarctica. They deliberated in the wake of the recent reports, which concluded with high confidence that climate ...

Crime-Solving Insects Threatened by Climate Change

By Marlene Cimons Climate change has spurred the spread of invasive insects that devour crops, destroy homes, and spread disease. Now, rising temperatures are driving cadaver-eating blow flies to migrate north in search of cooler weather, with consequences for forensic ...

With Shorter Winters, Plants Bloom Early and Die Young

By Marlene Cimons Spring has been coming earlier, prompting plants to sprout and turn green sooner than ever before. This is because carbon pollution has been heating up the planet, making winters shorter and springs warmer. Until now, scientists believed ...

The Environmental Parent, Trapped

It’s the middle of September, the world is in chaos, and I can’t stop looking at my phone. That’s not because I’m checking my email or twitter, anxious to see the latest in the constant churn ...

Conservation Takes One Scientist to the Extreme

By Marlene Cimons Conservationist Joel Berger lives in the extreme. That’s the best word to describe his travels, and what he does. He goes to extreme environments — not any of the usual tourist destinations — to study how animals there ...

Protect Indigenous Rights and Culture to Confront the Climate Crisis

By Lilian Painter [Note: this is the second in a 3-part series during the Global Climate Action Summit, taking place in San Francisco this week, examining the role of Indigenous Peoples in protecting forest resources and mitigating climate change.] This ...

Securing Intact Forests and Indigenous Livelihoods in DR Congo

By Deo Kujirakwinja and Michael Painter [Note: this is the first in a 3-part series during the Global Climate Action Summit, taking place in San Francisco this week, examining the role of Indigenous Peoples in protecting forest resources and mitigating ...

Trees Are Migrating West to Escape Climate Change

By Marlene Cimons An individual tree has roots and, of course, it doesn’t move. But trees, as a species, do move over time. They migrate in response to environmental challenges, especially climate change. Surprisingly, they don’t all go ...