CONAHEC News and Information

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

As three major fires blaze in California, we consider some of their causes, both human and meteorological. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien has been filming a NOVA documentary on megafires and witnessed the Camp Fire not long after it began. He joins William Brangham to describe that stunning experience, along with the broader scientific context around these destructive phenomena.


Judy Woodruff:

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Imagine flooding a desert half the size of the Sahara. Using 238 trillion gallons of desalinated ocean water to do the job. Creating millions of 1-acre-square micro-reservoirs to grow enough algae to gobble up all of Earth’s climate-changing carbon dioxide. For an encore: How about spreading the water and fertilizer (the dead algae) to grow a vast new forest of oxygen-producing trees?

Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018

Was it a wave? Maybe not. But for Democrats, it was a win.

They weathered disappointments in some high-profile races that had appeared winnable on Tuesday night, and they lost three U.S. Senate seats in the face of a challenging map. But they seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives, tipping at least 26 seats to emerge with a clear majority. In doing so, they earned the opportunity to step up oversight of the polarizing presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Thursday, Nov. 01, 2018

Earlier this year, Ankita Rastogi, a computer systems technology student at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon, travelled outside her comfort zone to Mexico City as part of an international internship sponsored by the Bank of Nova Scotia and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

Ms. Rastogi was one of two college students in Canada selected to spend four months learning Spanish, living with a host family in Mexico City and working at Scotiabank’s Digital Factories as a front-end developer – but at first she didn’t even want to apply.

Thursday, Nov. 01, 2018

Wildlife experts are deeply concerned about the future of animal life and the world as a whole.

According to The Guardian, the “Our Living Planet Report 2018” from the World Wildlife Federation claims that humanity is responsible for a 60 percent decline in all animal populations — including birds, fish, mammals and reptiles — since 1970.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

The world’s oceans have been soaking up far more excess heat in recent decades than scientists realized, suggesting that Earth could be set to warm even faster than predicted in the years ahead, according to new research published Wednesday.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

After the panicky IPCC report on climate change, it’s easy for pessimism to set in – but that would be conceding defeat.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

Climate change predictions are overly gloomy because plants are better at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at night than previously thought, according to a new study.

Scientists believe current models of global warming fail to take into account the extent to which plants absorb carbon dioxide in the dark.

They have also said that soil loses less nitrous oxide - also bad for the climate - at night than previously thought.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

Conservationists have issued a demand for urgent international action after a major report uncovered an unprecedented crisis in nature that threatens to devastate the world economy and imperil humanity itself.

Only a global pact on the scale of the Paris Agreement on climate change will save the natural world from irreversible collapse, the World Wide Fund for Nature said after publishing a report showing a cataclysmic decline in global wildlife populations.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018

It's been 26 years since Hurricane Andrew became the costliest storm in Florida's history, but today residents of the Sunshine State are still paying the price in a way few would have imagined. Captive Burmese pythons let loose by Andrew's destruction have flourished in the southern Florida ecosystem, decimating local species in the process. And now there are signs this stubbornly invasive species may be poised to make its way beyond the state's borders.