Climate Change

Heatwave and climate change having negative impact on our soil say experts

The recent heatwave and drought could be having a deeper, more negative effect on soil than we first realised say scientists. This could have widespread implications for plants and other vegetation which, in turn, may impact on the entire ecosystem. That's because the organisms in soil are highly diverse and responsible not only for producing

2018-08-06T14:38:58+00:00 Tags: |

Glaciers in East Antarctica also ‘imperiled’ by climate change, UCI researchers find

A team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine has found evidence of significant mass loss in East Antarctica’s Totten and Moscow University glaciers, which, if they fully collapsed, could add 5 meters (16.4 feet) to the global sea level. In a paper published this week in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research

2018-07-30T07:36:12+00:00 Tags: |

A Scientist’s Final Paper Looks Toward Earth’s Future Climate

A NASA scientist's final scientific paper, published posthumously this month, reveals new insights into one of the most complex challenges of Earth's climate: understanding and predicting future atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and the role of the ocean and land in determining those levels. A paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

2018-07-16T16:01:05+00:00 Tags: |

Climate change increasingly affects small countries

Climate change challenges many countries in the world and is increasingly affecting small countries.  Ministers and other high-level public health officials from the 8 countries that make up the Small Countries Initiative will gather in Reykjavik on 26–27 June to find solutions that can protect their people’s health from this and other threats. Enhanced efforts will

2018-06-27T13:00:16+00:00 Tags: |

Push to Burn Wood for Fuel Threatens Climate Goals, Scientists Warn

The European Union declared this week that it could make deeper greenhouse gas cuts than it has already pledged under the Paris climate agreement. But its scientific advisors warn that the EU's new renewable energy policy could undermine that goal because it fails to fully account for the climate impacts of burning wood for fuel.

2018-06-25T16:24:36+00:00 Tags: |

Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up

The world’s system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and social scientists, and lawyers. “Fish fleeing warming waters will cross national boundaries and add new ‘shareholders’ to existing fisheries,” said

2018-06-19T15:47:39+00:00 Tags: |

Global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by changing how we travel, heat homes, use devices

A new study published in Nature Energy shows that dramatic transformations in the way we move around, heat and cool our homes, and buy and use devices and appliances in our cities can help raise living standards in the global South to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals while also remaining within the 1.5°C target set

2018-06-11T07:36:47+00:00 Tags: |

Researchers shine a light on more accurate way to estimate climate change

DURHAM, N.H. – It doesn’t matter if it’s a forest, a soybean field, or a prairie, all plants take up carbon dioxide during photosynthesis – the process where they use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into food. During this changeover, the plants emit an energy “glow” that is not visible to the human

2018-06-06T08:40:50+00:00 Tags: |

Dusty Rainfall Records Reveal New Understanding of Climate

Ancient rainfall records stretching 550,000 years into the past may upend scientists' understanding of what controls the Asian summer monsoon and other aspects of the Earth's long-term climate, reports a University of Arizona-led international team of researchers in the May 25 issue of the journal Science. The standard explanation of the Earth's regular shifts from

2018-05-28T15:58:10+00:00 Tags: |

Temperature swings to hit poor countries hardest

For every degree of global warming, the study suggests temperature variability will increase by up to 15% in southern Africa and Amazonia, and up to 10% in the Sahel, India and South East Asia. Meanwhile, countries outside the tropics – many of which are richer countries that have contributed most to climate change – should

2018-05-05T06:24:32+00:00 Tags: |

Climate-smart production boosts West African rice self-sufficiency

The System for Rice Intensification (SRI) has significant potential to close the rice production gap in West Africa and put the region on the path to rice self-sufficiency, according to a new book published by researchers from Cornell University and the National Center of Specialization on Rice (NCoS-Rice), based in Mali, for the West and

2018-05-02T16:42:14+00:00 Tags: |

The Secret To Protecting Places Vulnerable To Climate Change

Individuals living in the most vulnerable areas around the globe are already familiar with the daily effects of climate change, and for small island nations like the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the impacts are devastating. Widespread coral die-off from warmer ocean temperatures compounds the issue: As coral reefs die, they are less effective as a

Human influence on climate change will fuel more extreme heat waves in US

MIAMI—Human-caused climate change will drive more extreme summer heat waves in the western U.S., including in California and the Southwest as early as 2020, new research shows. The new analysis of heat wave patterns across the U.S., led by scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM) based Cooperative

2018-03-20T07:55:42+00:00 Tags: |

Making climate impacts feel nearby may not inspire action

Although scientists warn that urgent action is needed to stop climate change, public engagement continues to lag. Many social scientists say people are hesitant to act on climate change because, especially in Western industrialized countries like the U.S., it feels like such a distant threat. New research from a Cornell University communication professor upends that

2018-03-20T07:38:51+00:00 Tags: |

Up in Smoke

Each year, the Earth’s trees suck more than a hundred billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s an impossibly huge number to consider, about 60 times the weight of all the humans currently on the planet. Our forests perform a cornucopia of services: Serving as a stabilizing force for nearly all of terrestrial life, they foster biodiversity and even make

Humidity May Prove Breaking Point for Some Areas as Temperatures Rise

Climate scientists say that killer heat waves will become increasingly prevalent in many regions as climate warms. However, most projections leave out a major factor that could worsen things: humidity, which can greatly magnify the effects of heat alone. Now, a new global study projects that in coming decades the effects of high humidity in

2018-01-01T06:35:59+00:00 Tags: |

Warmer, wetter climate could mean stronger, more intense storms

How would today’s weather patterns look in a warmer, wetter atmosphere – an expected shift portended by climate change? Colorado State University researcher Kristen Rasmussen offers new insight into this question – specifically, how thunderstorms would be different in a warmer world. The assistant professor of atmospheric science works at the interface of weather and

2017-12-21T11:21:07+00:00 Tags: |

North American storm clusters could produce 80 percent more rain

BOULDER, Colo. — Major clusters of summertime thunderstorms in North America will grow larger, more intense, and more frequent later this century in a changing climate, unleashing far more rain and posing a greater threat of flooding across wide areas, new research concludes. The study, by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR),

2017-11-24T15:15:18+00:00 Tags: |