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Intense heat is breaking records all across the Northern Hemisphere from China to Arizona, Italy, and Greece. According to the UN, heat waves are going to become more common and threaten people in cities worldwide, especially those with low incomes, the elderly, and young children who are more likely to face the adverse effects of climate change.
Extensive bleaching of the soft coral Palythoa caribaeorum on Emerald Reef, Key Biscayne, Florida. Undated image | Credit: NOAA
Heat is also a problem under cities. A new study from Northwestern University, finds a different kind of climate change is happening underground. Structures, like parking garages, basements, tunnels, and subways all continuously emit heat, which could prompt the ground to expand and contract, causing foundations to distort, tilt, move, crack, and settle.
Anjali Naidu Thota, a PhD student in Rotta Loria's lab, affixes a temperature sensor to a pipe in a basement beneath the Chicago Loop. | Credit: Northwestern University
The conversation around artificial intelligence or AI is fraught with both anxiety and excitement. Some say the technology is an existential threat to humanity—helping to generate disinformation or leading to out-of-control machines that will become our overlords. Others promote its potential to develop new medical treatments and innovations.
A Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing activity before being boarded by crew from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009 | Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 2nd Class Shawn Eggert
If you’re wanting to visit Amsterdam, don’t plan to arrive by boat. The city council in the Dutch capital voted to close its central cruise-ship terminal, saying the polluting vessels are not in line with environmental and sustainability goals.
Cruise ships in Amsterdam | Credit: Jvhertum/Creative Commons