The growth of urban spaces compounded with the changing climate is causing some scientists to take a look at how our urban areas interact with heat. Today’s big question explores urban heat islands by asking - how do cities handle heat?
Humans have transplanted crops all over the globe and have ushered in the era of modern agriculture, but what happens when the environment for specific crops changes? Why are Virginia scientists planting African crops?
What insect is about as old as the dinosaurs, lives on every non-frozen continent, and might be able to tell us about how species could adapt to our planet’s changing climate? Let’s talk about those little social creatures, ants. Climate scientists have been looking at ants to better understand how these animals react to environmental changes. Let’s ask today’s big question: How are ants reacting to climate change?
Last summer, the Science Museum of Virginia received a grant to work on a unique project to measure the city’s temperature in various places all at once during a heat wave. Our goal was to identify the strength of Richmond’s “urban heat island effect.”
Trees are strong and beautiful living things that don’t move, right? An individual tree can’t up and travel, but tree migration is a real thing and scientists just made a huge discovery about how some of Earth’s trees are on the move! Let's sink into today's big question: Can trees migrate?