Climate modeling confirms historical records showing rise in hurricane activity

Journal Reference: Kerry Emanuel. Atlantic tropical cyclones downscaled from climate reanalyses show increasing activity over past 150 years. Nature Communications, 2021; 12 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-27364-8 However, scientists have questioned whether this upward trend is a reflection of reality, or simply an artifact of lopsided record-keeping. If 19th-century storm trackers had access to 21st-century technology, would … Read more

Environment: the car, a brake on France’s climate ambitions

If the car is in the hot seat today, it is because it represents a double burden, ecological and health. In the fight against climate change, the issue of transport, and in particular the car, is crucial. Transport remains the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in France (31%), ahead of industry and agriculture (19% … Read more

France is still investing insufficiently for the climate

Places for electric vehicles, in Paris, in 2015. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP Between return of the health threat, identity escalation and concerns for purchasing power, the subject struggles to emerge in the presidential pre-campaign. Climate change nevertheless deserves to be one of the major challenges of the 2022 election. It is with this in mind … Read more

Famine in Madagascar is not due to climate change, new study finds

Children in front of a hole dug in the bed of a dry river, in Fenoaivo, in southern Madagascar, November 11, 2020. LAETITIA BEZAIN / AP Global warming is not responsible for the famine hitting southern Madagascar, estimates a study published Thursday, December 2. According to the World Weather Attribution (WWA), a network of scientists … Read more

“The challenge of the century, that of climate change, should help France move towards full employment”

Tribune. With the exception of a brief and recent presidential incise, full employment is the great forgotten of the presidential campaign, no candidate committing to his return, even in the long term, as if current unemployment were inevitable. insurmountable! The candidates are content at best to mention the creation of jobs, preferably green. It is … Read more

Climate uncertainty colors flood risk assessment

Journal Reference: Sanjib Sharma, Michael Gomez, Klaus Keller, Robert Nicholas, Alfonso Mejia. Regional Flood Risk Projections under Climate Change. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2021; DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-20-0238.1 “New home builders want to know how high they have to put their buildings to be safe for the future,” said Alfonso Mejia, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. … Read more

Climate changed abruptly at tipping points in past

Journal Reference: W. Bagniewski, M. Ghil, D. D. Rousseau. Automatic detection of abrupt transitions in paleoclimate records. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 2021; 31 (11): 113129 DOI: 10.1063/5.0062543 In Chaos, by AIP Publishing, climate scientists identify abrupt transitions in climate records that may have been caused by the climate system crossing a tipping … Read more

Speeding up the energy transition reduces climate risks

Journal Reference: Harald Desing, Rolf Widmer. Reducing climate risks with fast and complete energy transitions: applying the precautionary principle to the Paris agreement. Environmental Research Letters, 2021; DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac36f9 “Who would board an airplane, if the chance to arrive safely would only be 50 percent?” ask Harald Desing and Rolf Widmer at the very beginning … Read more

Bacteria as climate heroes

Journal Reference: Christian Simon Neuendorf, Gabriel A. Vignolle, Christian Derntl, Tamara Tomin, Katharina Novak, Robert L. Mach, Ruth Birner-Grünberger, Stefan Pflügl. A quantitative metabolic analysis reveals Acetobacterium woodii as a flexible and robust host for formate-based bioproduction. Metabolic Engineering, 2021; 68: 68 DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2021.09.004 Circular economy for CO2 “The economy of the future must be … Read more

“Deviant Ecologies”: Journey into Queer Climate Activism

Delivered. The “journey to queer lands” in which Cy Lecerf Maulpoix takes us begins in 2015 when he engages, a few months before the COP21, in the environmental struggle. This first militant experience is frustrating for the then 25-year-old gay man, immediately confronted with a monopoly of straight men on speech, who fear a “Diversion … Read more