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Ancient water harvesting practices can help solve modern problems

Some people might think that indigenous knowledge is outdated and less valuable than mainstream knowledge. However, revaluing ancient wisdom can help solve some of the most challenging problems in modernity. One important example is that of supplying water to large urban populations located in water-scarce... click to read more

  • Boris F. Ochoa-Tocachi | Research Associate at Imperial College London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK
  • Wouter Buytaert | Reader at Imperial College London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK
Views 162
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 14, 2020
A connected ocean: drifting fish larvae bind nations' marine territories

Marine fisheries are an important source of food, employment, and income for millions of people. Over 90% of the marine fish we eat are caught within countries' coastal waters, and policies to conserve these fish often assume they stay within those waters their whole lives.... click to read more

  • Nandini Ramesh | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Kimberly L. Oremus | Assistant Professor at School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware, Newark, USA
  • James A. Rising | Assistant Professor at Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics, London, UK
Views 174
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 12, 2020
The long wait and rapid rise of deep magma

Simple textbook models have suggested that single bulbous magma chambers feed volcanoes. However, geological studies have shown that volcanoes are underlain by a complex system of chambers and conduits going through the Earth's crust. The crust is the rigid outer layer of the Earth and... click to read more

  • Euan J. F. Mutch | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, U.K.; Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.
Views 689
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 29, 2020
Shrimp on cocaine – what’s the big deal?

The environment is facing a seemingly endless number of problems. From climate change to extinction-level biodiversity losses, the spread of antibiotic resistance, harmful algal blooms, and pollution from multiple chemicals, to name just a few. The consequences and impacts of these issues are far-reaching for... click to read more

  • Thomas Miller | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, King's College London, London, UK
Views 419
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 23, 2020
The migration of marine plankton during the industrial era

Marine plankton forms the basis of life in the ocean, and any changes in marine ecosystems have a profound impact. From observations since the 1950s, we knew that plankton species have been changing their distribution in a way that is consistent with anthropogenic climate change.... click to read more

  • Lukas Jonkers | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MARUM center for marine environmental sciences, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Views 276
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 21, 2020