Novel statistical method improves climate model projections

Researchers from institutions including the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a new method for statistically analyzing climate models that projects future conditions with more fidelity. The method provides a way to adjust for models with high temperature sensitivities—a known problem in the community. By assigning different weights to models and combining … Read more

Researchers help reduce lead levels in Madagascar drinking water

A team of engineers and public health experts from the University of South Florida is helping Toamasina, Madagascar, residents reduce their exposure to lead—a major global environmental pollutant that causes more than 1 million premature deaths each year. By combining efforts to replace water pumps and educate city technicians, USF researchers helped decrease the blood … Read more

Natural defenses against cyclones are crumbling

People living on the in low-lying coastal areas will be at even greater risk from cyclones in the future. Natural ecosystems offer protection, but this protection has decreased in recent years and is expected to continue to decline. This is a finding of a model study by an international team of researchers led by ETH … Read more

Microplastics found in mountain clouds: Could they affect weather?

From the depths of the seas to snow on mountains and even the air above cities, microplastics are turning up increasingly often. Now, in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, researchers have analyzed microplastics in clouds above mountains. They suggest that these tiny particles could play a role in cloud formation and, in turn, affect weather. … Read more

Sun-reflecting particles could slow antarctic ice loss, IU study finds

Scattering sunlight-reflecting particles in the atmosphere could slow rapid melting in West Antarctica and reduce the risk of catastrophic sea-level rise, according to a study led by Indiana University researchers. The study, one of the first to look at how climate engineering might impact Antarctica, comes as scientists sound the alarm over the increasing likelihood … Read more

New maps reveal evidence of past earthquakes in Washington state

In the Puget Lowlands of Washington State, a recent study has revealed more than 1,000 deep-seated landslides that provide crucial evidence of a major earthquake along the Seattle Fault approximately 1,100 years ago. These landslides, when analyzed for their timing, offer insights into historical seismic events. Published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of … Read more

Volcano eruption could devastate new Mexico, but new research shows scientists are preparing

The hypothetical scenario of a volcanic eruption in New Mexico raises questions about our societal preparedness for such an event. Volcanic unrest demands a well-coordinated response from both academic and government agencies, with a deep understanding of the volcanic system before, during, and after the event. To address this need, the Community Network for Volcanic … Read more

Salinity distribution by ocean currents plays crucial role in regulating global climate

Researchers from Dalhousie University in Canada, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), and MARUM—Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen have unveiled a groundbreaking study published in Science Advances, shedding light on the critical role of salt distribution by ocean … Read more