Climate Change

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: |

Soil holds potential to slow global warming, Stanford researchers find

If you want to do something about global warming, look under your feet. Managed well, soil’s ability to trap carbon dioxide is potentially much greater than previously estimated, according to Stanford researchers who claim the resource could “significantly” offset increasing global emissions. They call for a reversal of federal cutbacks to related research programs to

2017-10-09T08:51:03+00:00 Tags: |

Extreme weather has limited effect on attitudes toward climate policies

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- People who recently experienced severe weather events such as floods, storms and drought are more likely to support policies to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new study co-authored by an Indiana University researcher. But the relationship between exposure to extreme weather and support for climate policies is

2017-09-13T07:52:06+00:00 Tags: |

What changes when you warm the Antarctic Ocean just 1 degree? Lots

After warming a natural seabed in the Antarctic Ocean by just 1° or 2° Celsius, researchers observed massive impacts on a marine assemblage, as growth rates nearly doubled. The findings of what the researchers call the "most realistic ocean warming experiment to date" reported in Current Biology on August 31 show that the effects of

2017-09-03T20:13:08+00:00 Tags: |

Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change

Major changes in agricultural practices will be required to offset increases in nutrient losses due to climate change, according to research published by a Lancaster University-led team. To combat repeated, damaging storm events, which strip agricultural land of soil and nutrients, farmers are already adopting measures to conserve these assets where they are needed. But

2017-08-05T18:41:47+00:00 Tags: |

Climate change to deplete some US water basins used for irrigation

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. Already a water-stressed part of the country, this

2017-07-13T10:12:15+00:00 Tags: , |

Climate inequalities are moving from North-South to urban-rural

Cities have been recognized as key drivers toward the successful governance of resources and as the front line in combating climate change. But the economic divide between the Global North and South that historically has shaped debates on urbanization and climate change could soon be overshadowed by inequalities related to a potentially stronger disparity between

2017-07-11T07:32:34+00:00 Tags: |

Climate change could exacerbate economic inequalities in the U.S.

Climate change may make the rich richer and the poor poorer in the United States. Counties in the South face a higher risk of economic downturn due to climate change than their northern counterparts, a new computer simulation predicts. Because southern counties generally host poorer populations, the new findings, reported in the June 30 Science,

2017-07-10T08:44:10+00:00 Tags: , |

Reconciling predictions of climate change

Harvard University researchers have resolved a conflict in estimates of how much the Earth will warm in response to a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. That conflict -- between temperature ranges based on global climate models and paleoclimate records and ranges generated from historical observations -- prevented the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on

2017-07-07T08:14:19+00:00 Tags: |

Future of impact, climate investor one, India’s development impact bond, Big Renewables

‘Future of impact’ requires investment, philanthropy — and business as a force for good. As Bill Gates says, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” For its 10th anniversary last month, Liquidnet For Good hosted “The Future of Impact” forum to

Climate stabilization: Planting trees cannot replace cutting carbon dioxide emissions

Growing plants and then storing the CO2 they have taken up from the atmosphere is no viable option to counteract unmitigated emissions from fossil fuel burning, a new study shows. The plantations would need to be so large, they would eliminate most natural ecosystems or reduce food production if implemented as a late-regret option in

2017-05-23T07:08:40+00:00 Tags: , |

Bird Migration Patterns Are Getting Wrecked by Climate Change

Birds depend on cues from nature to lead their lives — the length of sunlight, temperature changes, ambient scents. For thousands of years, these cues have been remarkably stable and birds have been remarkably consistent in their migration patterns. But in this era of climate change, those cues are getting scattered and birds are getting

Climate seesaw at the end of the last glacial phase

A change in precipitation at one location may be caused by changes on the other side of the planet. An international team with the participation of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences now investigated Japanese lake sediments to decipher the interplay between local climate changes on the northern hemisphere about 12,000 years ago. Their

2017-04-02T08:05:55+00:00 Tags: , |