Wildfires are decimating the West and choking the East — it’s time for solutions

Unlike other natural disasters, wildfires endanger the health and well-being of populations near and far. Mitigation strategies could help save lives and protect the environment.

Emissions estimations should embed a precautionary principle

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 29 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01109-3

To align their portfolios with the Paris Agreement, investors need to know the emissions of companies they invest in. Estimating these should start from a precautionary principle that disincentivizes free-riding and protects the planet.

New insights into future tropical climate change

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 29 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01107-5

The difference between tropical east and west Pacific sea-surface temperatures affects local and global climate, and most climate models suggest a weaker future gradient despite a recent observed increase. Research now suggests the recent trends are due to a transient delay in east Pacific warming driven by cold water upwelling and aerosols.

Eastern equatorial Pacific warming delayed by aerosols and thermostat response to CO2 increase

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 29 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01101-x

The tropical Pacific east–west temperature gradient intensified recently, but climate models do not reproduce this, and they also predict future weakening. This discrepancy is attributed to a competition between long-term weakening and transient strengthening from aerosols and ocean equatorial upwelling.

Reports highlight how to repair the Appalachian economy without relying on fracking

In the wake of the Great Recession, natural gas seemed like a viable foundation for economic recovery in Pennsylvania and the greater Appalachia region, which has abundant natural gas reserves.

What Animals See in the Stars, and What They Stand to Lose

Humans aren’t the only species that navigate by starlight. Animals from birds to dung beetles may do it, too — and might become disoriented as our city lights drown out the heavens.

Louisiana photographer takes unconventional approach to capturing climate change on the Gulf Coast

Invasive species have cost UK at least £5bn since 1970s, study reveals

Financial burden of ‘alien’ animals and plants such as Japanese knotweed and European rabbit is rising, researchers warn

Interior Department to review proposal for first wind power project off North Carolina coast

Brace for Higher Prices for Ice Cream, Beer and Bottled Water

Nestlé, Diageo, AB InBev and Danone all said that sales were rising as key markets rebound from the pandemic, but that the recovery was also leading to rapidly increasing costs for ingredients, packaging and transport.