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Contributor(s): Kevin Lane
Study Finds Previously Unaccounted Specific Risks for Hospital Admission During Heat-Waves. Epidemiological evidence of non-communicable health impacts from extreme heat and heat-waves has been gaining as more epidemiological evidence continues to find positive associations with cardiovascular and...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
A major effect of climate change is acidification of the world’s oceans. As carbon dioxide is pumped into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels, some of it is absorbed by the oceans and forms carbonic acid. This process slowly lowers the oceanic pH, threatening hard-bodied marine life forms...
Contributor(s): Francis Ludlow
Michael McCormick and colleagues examine the climatic backdrop to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, adding an essential environmental context to one of the most-debated topics in history. Their paper also represents an important advance in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History’s promotion...
Contributor(s): Marta Jarzyna
Changes in vegetation biomass can significantly alter the Earth’s carbon budget and are thus an important factor in regulating the consequences of anthropogenic climate change.  Global estimates of above ground vegetation biomass, however, have been few in number.  Recent advances in remote sensing...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide would be much higher today if not for the world’s forests, which generally act as “carbon sinks,” absorbing and storing large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions which have been rising steadily since the start of the industrial revolution.  A persistent...
Contributor(s): Kevin Lane
There is overwhelming agreement from the scientific community regarding causes and impacts of climate change, while large segments of the US public still regard climate change as affecting the next generation and of low priority. Climate messaging that has focused on future increases in temperature...
Contributor(s): Marta Jarzyna
The Black Death of 1347-1353 began the second of three plague pandemics that resulted in millions of deaths over four centuries. The disease was initially introduced from Asia and is believed to have persisted in European rodent populations until its disappearance in the early 19th century. Latest...

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