Our thirst for energy – driving innovation and mitigating water risks

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran “Green city planning to create green roofs, green parks and deployment of green assets in places where we are worried about heat effects is necessary,” said Jessica Hellmann, director of the Institute on Environment from the University of Minnesota to keep climate change at controllable levels. She stressed in no uncertain terms […]

Cosmic rays from the galaxy help track retreat of glaciers on Earth

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran Cosmic rays, hurling across the galaxy near light-speed, generate a time machine on Earth for us to measure the retreat of the glaciers and the pace of climate change. Ph.D. student Peter Strand, at the University of Maine, drilled samples of quartz from boulders in Mongolia’s Altai Mountains this summer to tap […]

A climate change for ‘glaciogenic’ art

Tigers are an endangered species due to humans' negative impact on ecosystems.

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran Glaciers and  forests show jagged retreats in Jill Pelto’s paintings while the sky above heats up. Pelto, a graduate student studying climate science at the University of Maine, uses her art to convey the impacts of climate change on world environments. She overlays climate change research data with striking colors and vivid […]

Bats master urban living but bring rabies

Close up of a fringe lipped bat. (Photo by Marco Tschapka)

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran Recent weeks have seen a spike in the number of rabies cases in bats in the Will, Cook and Dupage counties area (see chart below). As bats become more fearless and accustomed to noise, urban areas make good homes. Having bats in communities could be good for eliminating pests and pollinating flowers […]