Category Science

CLIMATE IMPACTS IN ALASKA

Don’t like hot, dry, fiery summers? Get used to them

Enjoy the smoke this summer? Get used to it. Wildfires around Alaska will get bigger and more frequent as climate change triggers higher temperatures and dries out the forests. A raging spruce bark beetle infestation, speeded by dried-out trees and warmer summers, has also infected half a million acres spruce forest, much of it in Southcentral Alaska.

 

Canadian Professor Katharine Hayhoe named UN Champion of the Earth

Canadian Professor Katharine Hayhoe named UN Champion of the Earth

Canadian climate scientist Professor Katharine Hayhoe awarded United Nations’ flagship environmental honor in science and innovation category Hayhoe recognized for expertise and passion in communicating real effects of climate change — Canadian climate scientist Professor Katharine Hayhoe has received a 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honor, for her stalwart commitment to quantifying the effects of climate change and her tireless efforts to transform public attitudes.

 

How Has Climate Change Affected Hurricane Dorian?

How Has Climate Change Affected Hurricane Dorian?

The links between hurricanes and climate change are complex, but some aspects are getting clearer. Tropical storms draw their energy from ocean heat – and more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is being stored in the ocean. Storms that survive the cradle of formation can intensify quickly and become immensely powerful.

 

Hayhoe Named to National Museum of Natural History Advisory Board

Hayhoe Named to National Museum of Natural History Advisory Board

George Watson Katharine Hayhoe, co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center and a professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been named by the Smithsonian Institute’s Board of Regents to the advisory board of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.