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Late rainy season reliably predicts drought in regions prone to food insecurity

The onset date of the yearly rainy season reliably predicts if seasonal drought will occur in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa that are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, and could help to mitigate its effects.

Land deals meant to improve food security may have hurt

Large-scale land acquisitions by foreign investors, intended to improve global food security, had little to no benefit, increasing crop production in some areas while simultaneously threatening local food security in others, according to researchers who studied their effects.

Intertropical Convergence Zone limits climate predictions in the tropical Atlantic

The strongest climate fluctuation on time scales of a few years is the so-called El Niño phenomenon, which originates in the Pacific. A similar circulation pattern exists in the Atlantic, which scientists have now studied in more detail. Their results contribute to a better understanding of this climate fluctuation and pose a challenge for prediction models.

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Air pollution will lead to mass migration, say experts after landmark ruling

Air pollution does not respect national boundaries and environmental degradation will lead to mass migration in the future, said a leading barrister in the wake of a landmark migration ruling, as experts warned that government action must be taken as…

Model analyzes how viruses escape the immune system

MIT researchers have devised a way to computationally model viral escape, using models that were originally developed to model language. The model can predict which sections of viral surface proteins, including those of influenza, HIV, and SARS-CoV-2, are more likely to mutate in a way that allows the virus to evade the human immune system. It can also identify sections that are less likely to mutate, making them good targets for new vaccines.

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2020 falls just short of being Earth’s hottest year on record as global warming continues – USA TODAY

“Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends.” Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees since the 1880s, NASA said. Until the world reduces emissions…

2020 falls just short of being Earth’s hottest year on record as global warming continues – USA TODAY

“Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends.” Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees since the 1880s, NASA said. Until the world reduces emissions…