Understanding the complex web of life

| Oct 25, 2014

Understanding the complex web of life

by Stephen Hesse

“Biodiversity provides the foundation on which all life depends, including human societies,” writes Nik Sekhran in the opening pages of “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” a captivating book released earlier this month by the United Nations Development Programme. “Ecosystems and biodiversity provide our food, water, ...

Oct 14, 2014

Hagel: Climate change will challenge U.S. military

Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America’s military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. ...

Sep 20, 2014

Japan to pledge disaster mitigation help at U.N. climate summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pledge Japan’s further assistance to developing countries in coping with climate change-related natural disasters at this week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, a government source said Saturday. Thursday’s summit, convened and hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ...

Weather systems stalling more often

Aug 16, 2014

Weather systems stalling more often

by Alister Doyle

Summer heat waves and downpours have become more frequent in the northern hemisphere this century, apparently because extreme weather can get trapped for weeks in the same place in a warming world, a study showed Aug. 11. Disruptions to the jet stream, which forms ...

Youth seek new ideas to solve old problems

| May 24, 2014

Youth seek new ideas to solve old problems

by Stephen Hesse

Young researchers today are in a pickle. Most of them have assumed that peer-reviewed science is fundamentally accepted until new, equally legitimate research proves those findings wrong. However, that was before politicians became self-declared experts on everything under the sun, from science to religion. ...

Climate change to make Everest even riskier

May 3, 2014

Climate change to make Everest even riskier

by Katy Daigle

Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed ...