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15 Sep 2022

Refreezing poles feasible and cheap, new study finds

The poles are warming several times faster than the global average, causing record smashing heatwaves that were reported earlier this year in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Melting ice and collapsing glaciers at high latitudes would accelerate sea level rise around the planet. Fortunately, refreezing the poles by reducing incoming sunlight would be both feasible...

14 Sep 2022

Most Precise Test of General Relativity’s Weak Equivalence Principle published

In new studies published in Physical Review Letters and a special issue of IOP Publishing’s Classical and Quantum Gravity journal on September 14, a team of researchers present the most precise test yet of the Weak Equivalence Principle, a key component of the theory of general relativity. The report describes the final results from the...

30 Aug 2022

Exposure to past temperature variability may help forests cope with climate change

Understanding how forests are responding to climate change is critical to planning effective forest management and climate policy. A new study out today in the first issue of Environmental Research: Ecology, published by IOP Publishing, assessed effects of past and current climate variability on global forest productivity. The work highlights sensitive regions where forests may...

10 Aug 2022

The cost of climate change on economic growth 

New study Examines Impact of Rising Global Temperatures on GDP.   From crop damage to cooling failures at cloud-based data centers, climate change affects a wide variety of economic sectors. It’s unclear whether a country’s economy can bounce back each year from these impacts or if global temperature increases cause permanent and cumulative impacts on the...

28 Jun 2022

How climate change is affecting extreme weather events around the world – new study

Attribution science has led to major advances in linking the impacts of extreme weather and human-induced climate change, but large gaps in the published research still conceal the full extent of climate change damage, warns a new study released today in the first issue of Environmental Research: Climate, a new academic journal published by IOP...

26 May 2022

Wealthiest homeowners most at risk of wildfire hazard

The top ten per cent most valuable homes in the western United States are 70% more likely to be in high wildfire hazard areas than median-value properties, measured by county, according to a new study published today in Environmental Research Letters.   Researchers at Resources for the Future, an independent research institution in Washington, DC, used...

11 May 2022

Banana spots can help tackle food waste – study finds

Banana peels hold the key to reducing tonnes of food waste. A new study released in Physical Biology reveals how the browning of this household staple can be explained and modelled.   A team of researchers at Florida State University have produced a new method of simulating spot patterns on bananas, providing new insight into how this...