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Urban insects are more resilient in extreme weather

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:53
A new study will help researchers understand how to make predictions and conservation decisions about how organisms living in cities will respond to catastrophic weather events.

Invasive tree species: Call for action to tackle threat to a global biodiversity hotspot

Tue, 02/01/2018 - 16:33
An invasive Australian tree is now posing a serious threat to a global diversity 'hotspot' in the natural forests of Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. The tree species, Pittosporum undulatum, known locally as 'mock orange', is threatening many rare and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Scientists are urging the relevant institutions to prioritise a program of control of this species.

Human-caused warming likely intensified Hurricane Harvey's rains

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 16:49
New research shows human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented rainfall.

Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 20:16
Extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency, warn scientists. Their model showed that the burning of fossil fuels since 1860 would lead to an increase in the destructive storms in the Arabian Sea by 2015, marking one of the first times that modeled projections have synchronized with real observations of storm activity.

Beyond wind speed: A new measure for predicting hurricane impacts

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 18:00
What if there was a better way to forecast and communicate hurricanes' damaging economic impacts, before they happen? Civil engineers have developed an innovative new approach to assessing the resiliency of coastal communities to hurricanes. They've created a 'multi-hazard hurricane impact level model,' which estimates economic damages to be caused by storms, before they happen.

Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change

Mon, 27/11/2017 - 23:32
The need for adaptation strategies to reduce the threat of hurricanes to society is of critical importance, as evidenced by the recent damage to coastal regions in the U.S. and the Caribbean this past year. The fact that the number of residential buildings in coastal areas has increased significantly combined with the increasing risks of impacts of due climate change means that the cost of damage to coastal developments are likely to continue to rise.

Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy'

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 18:34
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown.

Texas' odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 21:38
Texas' risk of Harvey-scale rainfall will increase by the end of this century, new research concludes. By 2100, the annual probability of Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall returning to Texas will rise to 18 percent, if the growth of greenhouse gas emissions continues unmitigated.

We should use central pressure deficit, not wind speed, to predict hurricane damage

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 15:20
New research provides a physical understanding for why central pressure deficit is a better indicator of economic damage from hurricanes than peak wind speed.

Scientists identify hotspots of coastal risks in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 20:10
The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season provided ample demonstrations of the vulnerability of populations and infrastructure in coastal areas to natural disasters. A new study identifies hotspots of coastal risks throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 15:28
Reptile and amphibian communities exhibit a promising level of resilience to agricultural lands. In a new study, herpetologists compared forested areas to manicured citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Belize. Further intriguing discoveries were made when the Category 1 Hurricane Earl hit the study site.

Harvey runoff menaces Texas' coral reefs

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 15:28
The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary about 100 miles offshore of Galveston.

Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 20:18
Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane modeling and information in FEMA's HAZUS database to reach its conclusions.

Stepped care beneficial after hurricanes

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:38
Stepped care is more effective than usual care in reducing the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of hurricanes, according to a new study.

Interpreting hurricane forecast displays can be difficult for general public

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 20:11
The 2017 hurricane season has highlighted the critical need to communicate a storm's impact path and intensity accurately, but new research shows significant misunderstandings of the two most commonly used storm forecast visualization methods.

12,000 years ago, Florida hurricanes heated up despite chilly seas

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 17:50
Category 5 hurricanes may have slammed Florida repeatedly during the chilly Younger Dryas, 12,000 years ago. The cause? Hurricane-suppressing effects of cooler sea surface were out-weighed by side effects of slowed ocean circulation.

Hurricane exposes and washes away thousands of sea turtle nests

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 17:04
Marine biologists have released estimates of sea turtle nests lost to Hurricane Irma, finding that 56 percent of green turtle nests and 24 percent of loggerhead nests were lost within Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Both are endangered species. The losses put a damper on what had been a record year for green turtle nesting.