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Some Species Of Trees Are Migrating West In Response To Climate Change

September 7th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

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 to the Poles, where it is cooler. As it turns out, more of them head west, where it is getting wetter


Despite Serious Health Risks, There Is No Federal Standard Protecting Workers From Extreme Heat

September 7th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

In the Lake Apopka region of Florida, a typical August day might yield a high temperature of 92 degrees F, a heat made all the worse by the stifling humidity. The weather is bad enough for office workers who spend most of the day next to an air conditioner. For farm workers, who spend their August picking blueberries outdoors, the heat can be oppressive, even fatal


Climate Gentrification Is Creating An Affordable Housing Crisis In Miami

September 7th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Miami ranks among the most valuable real estate markets in the country. Palatial homes astride warm, teal waters sell for millions. But it’s not Miami’s ocean-front neighborhoods where property values are rising fastest. Housing costs are climbing more rapidly in neighborhoods that lie a little higher up along a ridge that runs parallel to the shore


An Increasingly Warmer World Is Changing Sporting Events

July 21st, 2018 | by Nexus Media

The next FIFA World Cup in 2022 will be held in winter, not summer, due to the sweltering climate of the next host country, Qatar. Located on the Persian Gulf, Qatar sees an average high temperature of 108 degrees F in the summer, and temperatures close to 123 degrees F have been recorded in the capital Doha. For a sport that requires players to run continually for 90 minutes, this poses a huge health hazard. And even without the physical strain of playing soccer at the highest level, extreme heat threatens significant health problems, including dehydration, exhaustion and stroke


Formula E Cars Keep Getting Faster, With Longer Driving Range

July 21st, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Currently, cars last around 25 minutes before needing to be recharged, so drivers have to switch to a second car mid-race. For the fifth season of Formula E, which begins in December, each car will sport a battery large enough to make it through an entire 50-minute race. They will also feature a more aerodynamic design to compensate for the added weight. The million-dollar cars promise a top speed of upwards of 170 miles per hour, more than 30 miles per hour faster than their predecessors and closer to the speed of NASCAR and Formula 1 race cars


Astrobiology May Help Us Better Understand The Future Of Earth

July 8th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Astrophysicist Adam Frank sees climate change through a cosmic lens. He believes our present civilization isn’t the first to burn up its resources — and won’t be the last. Moreover, he thinks it’s possible the same burnout fate already might have befallen alien worlds. That’s why he says the current conversation about climate change is all wrong


US DOE Funds Projects Aimed At Cutting Costs Of Solar Thermal Desalination

July 8th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Desalination plants require a tremendous amount of energy, making them extremely costly to run. And, if that energy comes from burning fossil fuels, it will only make climate change worse. The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking to tackle both problems by funding research aimed at dramatically reducing the cost of using solar power to get the salt out of seawater


Climate Change May Enable Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria To Flourish

July 7th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Experts already know that climate change has become a significant threat to global public health, particularly as rising temperatures have produced greater populations of disease-transmitting insects, such as mosquitoes. But warmth also encourages bacteria to grow, providing them a chance to mutate and elude drugs that once easily killed them. While antibiotic resistance is believed largely due to the indiscriminate prescribing of antibiotics, experts now think that other environmental stresses — climate change among them — also may be at work


These Interfaith Leaders Held A Blessing Ceremony For Electric Cars

July 6th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

On a recent Monday morning, Rabbi Abraham drove to Newark, New Jersey to bless some electric cars. He pulled into the lot behind Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, parked his Chevy Volt beside two Teslas and headed inside. It may sound unusual, but many faiths have ceremonies for blessing a vehicle


Which Country Would Win In A World Cup Of Climate Change?

July 4th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Billions of people around the world are expected to tune in to the greatest show on earth, the World Cup. Everyone from economists to an octopus have tried to predict who will win. But which countries are tackling climate change, kicking out fossil fuels, and trying to score a better future? Here’s bracket that predicts the winners


This Free Online Tool Is Helping Healthcare Providers Go Green

July 4th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Patients, doctors and nurses at facilities in Escambia County, Florida, know what they’ll get when they turn on any faucet in the buildings — cold water. Yet nobody seems to mind, since the county saves about $14,000 a year by shutting off its hot water. It was John Lanza’s doing — he’s the county’s chief health officer — and it’s one of a few ideas he gleaned from My Green Doctor, a free online tool that helps medical facilities use less energy


Fossil Fuels Are Likely To Go Bust Regardless Of Climate Action

July 3rd, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Mercure and an international team of economists and policy analysts modeled the future of fossil fuels under a variety of scenarios, examining what will happen if countries hew closely to targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, and what will happen if they don’t. What’s remarkable is that fossil fuels are likely to go bust whether or not countries take climate change seriously


The Dangers Of China’s Belt & Road Initiative

May 31st, 2018 | by Nexus Media

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) simply blows out of the water anything else that’s been attempted in human history. As currently planned, it will involve some 7,000 separate infrastructure or extractive industry projects scattered across 70-odd nations, with a total price-tag of $8 trillion. It’ll span half the planet — from Asia to Africa, Europe and the South Pacific. It’ll affect every facet of human endeavor, in one way or another


The Snow Drought In California Is Fueling Wildfires, Floods, & Mudslides

May 28th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

California is likely facing another year of water woes. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which supplies up to a third of California’s water, is exceptionally meager this year. Experts found around half as much snow on the mountains as they typically would in early April, when the snowpack is historically most voluminous


Young Americans Want Solutions To Climate Change

May 28th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Staring down the barrel of a hotter, drier, more turbulent world, the next generation of American leaders is eager to find a solution to climate change, and they are agitating for progress in the courts and on the streets. Their passion is a testament to the fact that, sooner or later, we are destined to end its love affair with fossil fuels


Charging Your Electronics In A Rainstorm

May 25th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Anyone watching Swedish scientist Anja Lund working out on an aerobic stepper recently might have thought it a strange way to get fit. She was stepping while holding a shoulder bag, its arm strap dripping with water. In this case, exercise was secondary to science. Lund wasn’t attempting to break a sweat — rather, she was trying to simulate a brisk walk in the rain


Scientists Develop Recycling Process That Could Lead To “Zero Waste” Cell Phones

May 22nd, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Researchers have developed a process to separate fiberglass from resin. This was a task that had proved nearly impossible earlier — and the primary reason the two substances are nearly impossible to recycle. They must be separated to make them reusable. Scientists hope their research will be used to develop a “zero-waste” cell phone.


US Cities Are Losing Millions Of Trees Each Year

May 22nd, 2018 | by Nexus Media

New research suggests that American cities and their surrounding areas have been losing as many as 36 million trees a year. That might not sound like a lot when you think about the number of trees in our nation’s forests, but those trees have a powerful impact on health and well-being — and on climate change


Can We Burn Our Way To A Cleaner Planet?

May 21st, 2018 | by Nexus Media

BECCS, which is short for “bioenergy with carbon capture and storage," entails growing plants that remove CO2 from the atmosphere, burning those plants to generate electricity, and then capturing the resulting carbon emissions before they escape into the atmosphere



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