As extreme weather events, like Hurricane Florence, become more common it is time to ask what it will take for the world to finally tackle climate change. Encouragingly, there may be a historical precedent: Victoria London’s handling of the ‘Great Stink’, where growth had turned the River Thames into an open sewer.
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As climate extremes mount, let's reflect on Victorian London's 'Great Stink' sewage crisis - when things finally became so bad authorities were forced to accept evidence, reject sceptics, and act.
The Internet of Things could improve quality of life, but it will also consume vast amounts of electricity and boost greenhouse gas emissions.
The Internet of Things is contributing to climate change. Innovation in computer design could help mitigate the problem.
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Serious heat is a serious threat, and people must get better at talking about it.
Missing the wood for the trees.
Planting trees is a popular way for companies to clean up their image. Unfortunately, it may cause more problems than it solves.
The warming of the oceans means that the plants and organisms used as warning systems for pollution are being rendered ineffective.
Lush moss beds in East Antarctica’s Windmill Islands.
Mosses are the only plants that can withstand life in East Antarctica's frozen landscape. But a new study shows that life is getting even harder, as ozone loss and climate change make conditions even drier.
A too rapid transition to a low-carbon economy would threaten financial stability. A slow transition would run the risk of exceeding irreversible ecological thresholds.
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The UK was part of the EU's collective pledge of emissions cuts ahead of Paris.
Trees have died in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., as climate change has intensified bark beetle infestations and drought.
As climate change alters temperature and precipitation patterns across the US, it is having especially severe impacts on national parks. These changes could happen faster than many plants and animals can adapt.
Floodwaters surround farm equipment in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., on Sept. 16, 2018.
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Donald Trump claims his administration has carried out an "all-out effort" in preparing for the effects of climate change. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Icy hailstones can do major damage, depending where they land.
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The future climate that scientists predict for the middle of the United States is one that will foster more hail events with bigger hailstones.
AI can definitely help us monitor floods and could perhaps even deliver more accurate early-warning messages in the near future.
The Derwent River Sea Star was only documented for 25 years before its extinction.
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It's quite hard to tell when a sea creature is extinct – there's always hope it will turn up somewhere.
New Zealand’s emission reduction target for 2030 is to bring emissions to 30% below 2005 levels, and to be carbon neutral by 2050.
With consultation underway to improve the New Zealand emissions trading scheme, experts argue that a reserve price on emissions units could help rebuild confidence in low-emission investment.
President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in October 2017 following Hurricane Maria. Trump congratulated Puerto Rico for escaping the higher death toll of “a real catastrophe like Katrina.” A new study suggests almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico.
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As Trump fumes about the Hurricane Maria death toll, it's clear that politics and political considerations often play an important role in how death toll estimates are communicated to the public.
Why isn’t sustainability a part of accounting training?
Despite the leaders of both countries being champions of fighting climate change, research shows both Canada and France are failing to train their accountants in sustainability. Why?
Climate change also has an impact on public health.
Scientists need to continue working across disciplines to find ways to disrupt disease transmission in the context of climate change.
Salt water is fun to swim in – but it also carries the electrical signals vital for life.
We take salt water for granted, and often overlook how important it is for our own lives and in sustaining a healthy planet.
Rising tides move closer to the dunes in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast.
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Don't believe the skeptics or the conspiracy theorists: Weather forecasters can't slant hurricane warnings to make political points.
Relocation from risky areas is the only safe response.