Menopausal Mother Nature

News about Climate Change and our Planet


Greening The Grid: Resource Adequacy, Intermittency, & Carbon Pricing

To green the grid, we must adopt a strategy of meeting our energy needs with low-cost renewable wind and solar resources. The obvious question is how to resolve the intermittency issue (what happens when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine). Solving this problem is a necessary ingredient for “saving the planet.”

Policies to mitigate wildfire impacts have public health implications, amplified amid COVID

(PSE Healthy Energy) A review of the human health hazards, risks, and impacts of California wildfires, and impacts of policies aimed to prevent and mitigate wildfires to serve as a resource in the development and deployment of California wildfire management policies within a human health context.

Model links patterns in sediment to rain, uplift and sea level change

(University of Texas at Austin) In a recent study, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin show that a natural record – sediments packed together at basin margins – offers scientists a powerful tool for understanding the forces that shaped our planet over millions of years, with implications on present day understanding.

Where are arctic mosquitoes most abundant in Greenland and why?

(Dartmouth College) Bzz! It’s mosquito season in Greenland. June and July is when Arctic mosquitoes (Aedes nigripes) are in peak abundance, buzzing about the tundra. While Arctic mosquitoes serve as an important food source to other animals, they are notorious for their role as pests to humans and wildlife. Yet, these mosquitoes spend most of their lives in an aquatic environment in shallow, tundra ponds. A Dartmouth study finds that Arctic mosquito populations appear to be driven by food quality rather than predator density.


What happens in Vegas, may come from the Arctic?

Ancient climate records from Leviathan Cave, located in the southern Great Basin, show that Nevada was even hotter and drier in the past than it is today, and that one 4,000-year period in particular may represent a true, ”worst-case” scenario picture for the Southwest and the Colorado River Basin — and the millions of people who rely on its water supply.