• Blue Marble – NASA

  • Bhutan – Courtesy of Aaron Putnam

  • Oregon – Courtesy of Adam Hudson

  • New Zealand – Courtesy of George Denton

  • Mongolia – Jennifer Draper/Medill

  • Michigan – Medill photo

  • Pacific Ocean – Medill photo

  • Drought, Iowa – Medill photo

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  • Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica - NA

  • Greenland icebergs - Gary Comer/Courtesy of the Comer Family Foundation

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PRAIRIE PLAYS KEY ROLE IN CHICAGO’S FLOOD MANAGEMENT

PRAIRIE PLAYS KEY ROLE IN CHICAGO’S FLOOD MANAGEMENT

By Morgan Levey, Aug. 10, 2017 – “You could get lost out here,” laughed Vivien Rivera. Big bluestem grass growing nearly 10 feet high towered over Rivera’s head as she walked through Markham Prairie North, part of Indian Boundary Prairies near Markham. The dense, prairie landscape is filled with sweet blackeyed susan, bergamot, blue vervain,…Read More

GLOBAL RESEARCH COLLABORATION SEEKS WATER SHORTAGE SOLUTIONS

GLOBAL RESEARCH COLLABORATION SEEKS WATER SHORTAGE SOLUTIONS

By Maia Welbel Aug. 4, 2017 – Taiwan has faced water shortages for decades – and the Chicago area may face them within the next 20 years as aquifer levels for well water drop while Great Lakes water use is limited by by an interstate compact. As drought conditions worsen worldwide due to global warming,…Read More

TACKLING GLOBAL WARMING BY EXPLORING THE EBB AND FLOW OF THE ICE AGES

TACKLING GLOBAL WARMING BY EXPLORING THE EBB AND FLOW OF THE ICE AGES

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran/Video by Kelly Calagna – “Don’t get old if you can help it,” climatologist George Denton joked at the Comer Abrupt Climate Change Conference in Wisconsin this fall. But he must have been proud. As one of the earliest and premiere veterans of climate change research, the University of Maine professor had three…Read More

A climate change for ‘glaciogenic’ art

A climate change for ‘glaciogenic’ art

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran – Glaciers and forests show jagged retreats in Jill Pelto’s paintings while the sky above heats up. Pelto, a graduate student studying climate science at the University of Maine, uses her art to convey the impacts of climate change on world environments. She overlays climate change research data with striking colors and…Read More

Artificial trees might be needed to offset carbon dioxide emissions

Artificial trees might be needed to offset carbon dioxide emissions

By Janice Cantieri – Physicist and engineer Klaus Lackner makes artificial trees – but not the kind that decorate living rooms and lobbies. His artificial trees can capture carbon dioxide directly out of the air—and they’re 1,000 times more efficient than nature’s trees in doing so. Millions of the trees could eventually generate “negative carbon…Read More

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FIXING CLIMATE – GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, SAYS VETERAN SCIENTIST

FIXING CLIMATE – GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, SAYS VETERAN SCIENTIST

By Jia You – Richard Alley works at the forefront of climate research, interpreting the time machine of climate past locked in ice cores he collected in some of the coldest places on Earth. The University of Pennsylvania geoscientist has spent more than 10 field seasons in Antarctica, Greenland and Alaska collecting clues from the…

SEARCHING FOR CLIMATE SWITCHES – A GLACIAL MYSTERY IN MONGOLIA

SEARCHING FOR CLIMATE SWITCHES – A GLACIAL MYSTERY IN MONGOLIA

Aaron Putnam of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine is searching for the switches that caused the Earth to lurch out of the last Ice Age. Climate levers are not yet well understood, and “just what the heck” causes them is still a mystery he’s hoping to solve in Mongolia this summer.…

OUR THIRST FOR ENERGY – DRIVING INNOVATION TO REDUCE WATER RISKS

OUR THIRST FOR ENERGY – DRIVING INNOVATION TO REDUCE WATER RISKS

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran “Green city planning to create green roofs, green parks and deployment of green assets in places where we are worried about heat effects is necessary,” said Jessica Hellmann, director of the Institute on Environment from the University of Minnesota. At stake is keeping climate change at controllable levels. She stressed in no…

CLIMATE SCIENTISTS GATHER TO TACKLE URGENT CHALLENGES FOR THE PLANET

CLIMATE SCIENTISTS GATHER TO TACKLE URGENT CHALLENGES FOR THE PLANET

By Janice Cantieri – “You can’t open a McDonald’s ketchup packet without the little notch. Try it, okay?” noted climatologist Richard Alley. Without the little notches, plastic ketchup packets are almost impossible to open no matter how much you pull or tear. Cracks in the world’s ice sheets are like those little notches, Alley said.…

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