Research briefs

Young African boy sitting in heat on water tanks.
As global temperatures rise, people in the tropics, including places like India and Africa’s Sahel region, will likely face dangerously hot conditions almost daily by the end of the century – even as the world reduces its emissions, a new study shows.
Countries with lower Gross Domestic Product per head are at greater risk due to different factors including their institutions, levels of poverty, prevalence of disease and gender equality.
Sand storm hitting the city of Basra in Iraq, 2022
This interview details answers from authors about the rapid climate change in the EMME, advances in climate modelling in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East as a prominent climate change hotspot, and what challenges remain.
flooded  streets with people in boats
New research shows that up to 50 percent of residences in Houston’s Harris County would not have been flooded by Hurricane Harvey five years ago if it were not for the impact of climate change.
A security officer takes a break in the middle of a hot afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand
New research from the University of Washington and Harvard University gives a range of heat impacts worldwide by the end of this century, depending on future emissions of greenhouse gases.
Houston’s vulnerable populations still lag in post-Harvey recovery.
What has America learned since Hurricane Katrina? Not enough, according to a first-of-its-kind study by Florida Atlantic University, which reveals only marginal improvements with respect to evacuation planning in America’s 50 largest cities.
PFAS pose a public health risk, but there are major gaps in our knowledge of how these chemicals move through the ground.
A new study reveals the add-on benefits of Nature-based solutions such as conserving marshlands and restoring beaches, which are protecting against sea-level rise as well as concrete sea walls.
A Ming dynasty bridge is exposed by very low water levels in a river in Jiangxi province, China
A recent study revealed an approximate doubling in both the frequency and the magnitude of regional heatwave events observed over 1960–2018 in China.