This week is Climate Week in New York, when President Obama, Pope Francis, and many other world leaders converge to continue hammering out commitments intended to limit global warming to 2 degrees C or less, to be presented at the make-or-break COP21 climate meetings in Paris in early December.
Middle and high school science teachers received double the resources when UCMP and Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences teamed up to offer a week-long workshop on global change.
Fifty-six million years ago the Earth underwent a dramatic warming event, with temperatures increasing by as much as 7º Celsius over a span of just 100 000 years. Many mammals responded to this temperature increase by becoming much smaller. How these changes happened, however, is poorly understood. Identifying and measuring the mechanisms that drove these changes was the focus of a new study by University of California Museum of Paleontology researchers Brian Rankin and Pat Holroyd, and colleagues from University of Calgary and Western University of Health Sciences.