Research briefs

Food insecurity is a social justice issue. People who are part of historically marginalized groups at greater risk of food insecurity, including Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and other sexually and gender diverse (2SLGBTQ+) groups.
A firefighter surveys wildfire damage in Queensland, Australia
A machine learning model can evaluate the effectiveness of different management strategies.
Cooling fan
More than 80% of urban residents will need air-conditioning by the 2050s, but many of the world’s poorer countries may struggle to meet that demand.
Researchers from the University of Zurich have analyzed the frequency, intensity and length of such extreme events for five Swiss cities. Lugano and Geneva would be most affected.
There is a “significant likelihood” that multiple “tipping points” will be crossed if global temperatures exceed 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, new research suggests.
Weather records are being filled by what seems at first glance an unlikely source: a massive project to photograph and transcribe daily registers kept by the Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie (VOC), or Dutch East India Company, between 1651 and 1795.
In the summer of 2020, an extreme flash drought event broke out over the southeastern coastal region of China, which had serious impacts on local agriculture and the environment.
Crowd waiting for the train during a hot day in London, UK (2022)
Detecting hate tweets in more than four billion tweets from U.S. users with an AI-algorithm and combining them with weather data, researchers found that both the absolute number and the share of hate tweets rise outside a climate comfort zone.
A seasonal river runs low in Shiraz, Iran
Unprecedented and societally disruptive extreme weather events will soon become a reality unless immediate, ambitious, and transboundary climate action is taken, warns latest scientific assessment of state-of-climate in the region.
Residents cross a flooded highway in Kashmir
Risk management has reduced the vulnerability to floods and droughts around the world, but their impact is still increasing worldwide, according to a study published in the journal Nature.