News Highlights

Focus on Carbon Removal a “High-Stakes Gamble”

A new paper from Science highlights how carbon removal shouldn’t be treated as a cure-all for climate change because the future of humanity can’t rely on untested technology.

50 Years of Glacier Change in Montana

Loss of ice can have ecological effects on aquatic species by changing stream water volume, water temperature and run-off timing in the higher elevations of the park. Tracking these small alpine glaciers has been instrumental in describing climate change effects on Glacier National Park to park management and the public.

Believe you can stop climate change and you will

If we believe that we can personally help stop climate change with individual actions — such as turning the thermostat down — then we are more likely to make a difference, according to new research.

Grasslands’ Carbon Storage Value Now Quantified

Grasslands that feature diverse plant species have more carbon storage capacity than less-diverse grasslands, largely because the former produce more biomass, the researchers say.

Trending: Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things

Trending on Slate: Scientists should reconsider how they deploy knowledge.

New Posters Imagine National Parks in 2050

A new poster series takes the landscapes that have inspired countless road trips and daydreams of summer vacation and imagines what they’ll look like in 2050 if climate change is allowed to continue unchecked.

New Forestry Technique Imitates Old Growth to Capture More Carbon and Profit

Imitating old-growth forests enhances carbon storage in managed forestland far better than conventional forestry techniques, a fifteen-year study in Vermont shows. The new approach holds promise for landowners aiming to profit in carbon markets or contribute to climate change mitigation.

Climate-induced Species Migrations – Impacts to Human Society

Conservation International reports on a groundbreaking conference in Australia that raised awareness about the full picture of mass species migration in response to climate change — and what it means for human well-being. The conference’s key findings were recently published in a global review in Science.

Is Soil the Great New Integrator?

From the drought-plagued Valle del Cauca in Colombia to the High Plains of West Texas, farmers are learning to work with the land instead of against it.

Climate Change and an ‘Overlooked’ Nutrient: Silica

Sugar maples may have far greater silica pumping power than expected, and also may be more profoundly affected by climate change as warmer winters damage their vulnerable roots.