As the Roman Republic began to fall, the Earth suffered from extreme cold and famine that helped push Rome’s instability to its ultimate collapse. The cause of the extreme climate? The eruption of an Alaskan volcano on the opposite side of the world. Continue reading Et tu, Okmok? Alaska’s Okmok Volcano Contributed to Fall of Roman Republic and the Ptolemaic Kingdom
by Jenna Lang figures by Hannah Zucker At some point during my lifetime, Harvard’s campus will flood. The waters of Boston Harbor will rush around the Charles River dam and surge onto the Harvard Business School campus on one side of the swelling river and onto the Harvard College campus on the other side. Winthrop House, where my sister will live starting next year, faces … Continue reading Harvard Underwater
Oktoberfest produces 2 million gallons of beer – and ten times more methane an equivalent area of Boston over 16 days! Scientists are recommending that festivals be added to methane inventories and start using more environmentally-friendly cooking methods. Continue reading Oktoberfest: Lots and lots of Beer … and Methane
The global pandemic lockdown has contributed to declines in carbon emission and is shifting the way scientists and economists discuss climate change mitigation tactics, but it’s still not enough to prevent projected temperature increases past 1.5°C.
Continue reading Global Lockdown for All – Except Carbon Emissions
Central to coral reefs around the world is the deeply interdependent relationship between corals and algae. This interconnection is responsible for algae’s protected habitat, corals’ bright colors, and the mutual exchange of nutrients for photosynthesis. Algae growth is modulated by a process called self-shading, decreasing exposure to light. In an artificial setup, however, this process prevents researchers from growing coral quickly. To prevent this light … Continue reading 3D printed corals grow algae that photosynthesize more efficiently
At a research station in East Antarctica, scientists recorded something unprecedented for the frozen continent: a heatwave. Continue reading Scientists Record East Antarctica’s First Heatwave
by Lorena Lyon figures by Rebecca Senft Today, the discussion of climate change generally relates to human impact on the environment since the Industrial Revolution (1760 to mid-1800s). But, how have humans been impacting the planet before then? And how can we find out? It turns out a type of climate science using something called ice cores can give us detailed information on how past … Continue reading Ice Cores and Roman Lore: Modern climate science helps scientists and historians piece together the past
In the event of worst-case nuclear war fallout, what would happen to our oceans? Climate scientists predict that our oceans would become less acidic, and shelled animals would suffer (again). Continue reading Nuclear Conflict Could Alter the Conditions of Our Oceans
by Samantha Tracy figures by Sean Wilson A solo diver dips under the surface of crashing waves to reveal a plethora of attention-grabbing colors in astounding brightness. The image of a coral reef is exciting and overwhelming for the human brain, but another world comes to life when we close our eyes. A cascading orchestra of gentle bubbling, a faint crackling chorus of snapping shrimp, … Continue reading Listen Closely: Coral reefs are losing their sound
The Earth has warmed so much since the 1950s that scientists can detect climate change from literally any day of global weather since 2012.
Continue reading Seeing Climate Change in any Random Day Across the Globe