Research briefs

Tornado in Colorado, USA
A sudden flip in weather conditions from a long hot and dry period to a parade of storms, for example, or from abnormally mild winter temperatures to extreme cold—can cause major disruptions to human activities, energy supply, agriculture, and ecosystems.
Cattle grazing
The use of virtual fencing to manage cattle grazing on sagebrush rangelands has potential to create fuel breaks needed to help fight wildfires, a recent Oregon State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service study found.
A severely damaged house and a pile of debris in New Orleans after Hurricane Ida in the United States in 2021.
Researchers have devised a method to determine the impact of climate change on the supply and variability of local renewable energy.
Southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula
A foul-smelling, voracious, wide-spread pest could become even more ubiquitous with climate change.
Crowd waiting for the train during a hot day in London, UK (2022)
Researchers have found that moving further towards an impact-based alert system which focuses on the repercussions of extreme weather conditions could enable participants make more informed decisions.
Hurricane Sandy aftermath
New research from a longitudinal study shows children who were exposed to the disaster in the womb have higher rates of developmental psychopathology in a sex-specific manner.
Scientists hope is that by directly measuring the force felt between tectonic plates pushing on each other – tectonic stress – they can learn when a great earthquake is ready to happen.
Houses with wildfire smoke in the background
Most government policies for mitigating public health risks from wildfire smoke aim to educate citizens to protect themselves by staying indoors, closing windows, and using air filters.
Researchers modeled and mapped how eight key aspects of human societies affect hydrological cycles.
A study shows that we can create plants that can better recover from drought without affecting the size of the plant or seed yield by genetically modifying their lignin chemistry. These results can be used in agriculture to tackle climate challenges.