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Wind farms along mountain ridges may negatively affect bats
By attaching miniaturized Global Positioning System tags to cave bats near a mountain ridge in Thailand, researchers have shown that bats repeatedly use mountain slopes to ascend to altitudes of more than 550 m above the ground.
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Climate change could decrease Sun's ability to disinfect lakes
Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports.
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Hacking evolution, screening technique may improve most widespread enzyme
Plants evolved over millions of years into an environment that has dramatically changed in the last 150 years since the Industrial Revolution began: carbon dioxide levels have increased 50 percent, and the average global temperature has increased by nearl
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Zebra 'poo science' improves conservation efforts
How can Zebra poo tell us what an animal's response to climate change and habitat destruction will be? That is what scientists from The University of Manchester and Chester Zoo have been investigating in South Africa. Together the team have been using 'p
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Feral animals pose major threat to Outback, climate change study finds
A study of changing rainfall and wildfire patterns over 22 years in Australia's Simpson Desert has found - in addition to a likely climate-induced decrease in cover of the dominant plant spinifex - introduced cats and foxes pose a major threat to seed-eat
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Lancet Study Warns of Global Health Crisis and 1 Billion Climate Refugees by 2050
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2017-10-31 16:42:56
Cod and haddock 'may vanish' from Scotland's west coast
Herring and haddock could also disappear by the turn of the century due to global warming, warn scientists.
2017-10-31 16:25:32
Future climate change may not adversely affect seafood quality
Future ocean acidification and warming may not have a marked effect on the taste of oysters grown in the UK, according to new research by the University of Plymouth published in Frontiers in Marine Science.
2017-10-31 00:00:00
A special issue to commemorate the centenary of Duzheng Ye's birth
The special issue consists of four reviews and five original articles, each focusing on an aspect of Ye's achievements and the latest developments based on or inspired by his theories, including establishing Tibetan Plateau meteorology; developing the the
2017-10-31 00:00:00
CCNY study reveals power supply might not be as vulnerable to climate change as we thought
Here's a bit of surprising news. A closer look at how climate change could impact our power supply shows that America's infrastructure might be more adaptable than scientists anticipated.
2017-10-30 00:00:00
The advent of 'green' cattle
Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, reveals a study based on a new method of carbon footprinting for pasture-based cattle production systems that can assess the impacts of individual animals.
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Study suggests the US' power supply has capacity to adapt to climate change
A new paper written by City University of New York (CUNY) scientists -- 'Climate and Water Resource Change Impacts and Adaptation Potential for U.S. Power Supply,' published in Nature Climate Change -- has found that climate change ultimately will have a
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Are the grandkids worth it? Climate change policy depends on how we value human population
Protecting future generations from environmental destruction depends on how society values human population. Looking at two ethical approaches, a research team finds a smaller population could save tens of billions of dollars or more annually on climate c
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Tropical forest reserves slow down global warming
National parks and nature reserves in South America, Africa and Asia, created to protect wildlife, heritage sites and the territory of indigenous people, are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and so are slowing the rate of
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Peat bogs defy the laws of biodiversity
EPFL scientists working with a team of researchers from across Europe have found that peat bogs, despite their low biodiversity, can effectively withstand both moderate and glacial climates. That finding stands to change the way we look at biodiversity.
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Peatland plants adapting well to climate change, suggests study
They account for just three per cent of the Earth's surface but play a major role in offsetting carbon dioxide emissions -- and now a team of scientists led by the universities of Southampton and Utrecht has discovered that the plants that make up peat bo
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Winter temperatures on the Red Planet sublimate carbon dioxide from a gas to a solid. These solid carbon dioxide blocks are then thought responsible for making gullies and furrows on Mars' landscape based on innovative lab experiments.
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Samantha Bee Skewers Trump's EPA Chief in Segment Titled "Scott Pruitt vs. The World"
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2017-10-26 17:01:10
Study: How cities can best fight climate change
A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation -- and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, n
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Late Tiassic terrestrial ecosystem changes
The Norian Chinle Formation in the Southwestern United States provides a snapshot into an ancient terrestrial ecosystem with its famous petrified tree trunks and various plant and vertebrate remains. The fossil plant assemblages, including spores and poll
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Bat Poop: A Reliable Source of Climate Change
Isotopes found in bat guano over the last 1,200 years provide scientists with information on how the climate was and is changing.
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Climate Threat Erased, Big Oil Bonanza Embraced in Leaked Draft of Interior Dept. 5-Year Plan
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2017-10-25 16:01:10
A drier south: Europe's drought trends match climate change projections
Researchers published new findings that suggest European drought trends are lining up with climate change projections, pointing to decreases in drought frequency in the north and increases in drought frequency in the south.
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Can open and honest scientists win public trust?
With the increased politicization of science, more and more people continue to be skeptical of research, especially when it comes to hot-button topics such as climate change and vaccines. Michigan State University researchers wondered whether it would be
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Special issue of Journal of Nursing Scholarship confronts climate change and health
A special issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship explores climate change, global health, and the role of nursing in addressing environmental changes and protecting vulnerable people and populations.
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Chiding Trump for Inaction, GAO Report Shows Climate to Cost US Taxpayers Trillions
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2017-10-24 14:53:47
Rising sea levels creating first Native American climate refugees
Rising sea levels and human activities are fast creating a 'worst case scenario' for Native Americans of the Mississippi Delta who stand to lose not just their homes, but their irreplaceable heritage, to climate change.
2017-10-23 00:00:00
Because Paris Deal Not Nearly Enough, European Climate Kids File Suit
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2017-10-20 18:42:58
US ocean observation critical to understanding climate change, but lacks long-term national planning
Ocean observing systems are important as they provide information essential for monitoring and forecasting changes in Earth's climate on timescales ranging from days to centuries. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medic
2017-10-20 00:00:00
Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row
The annual assessment of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) confirms that CO2 emissions have stalled for the third year in a row.
2017-10-20 00:00:00
Tropical beetles face extinction threat
Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists.
2017-10-17 00:00:00
For Abandoning Climate Accord, Pope Swipes Trump on World Food Day
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2017-10-16 19:21:26
Baltic clams and worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows
Scientists have shown that ocean clams and worms are releasing a significant amount of potentially harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
2017-10-13 00:00:00
With No End In Sight, California's Deadly Flames Called Climate Change 'Fire Alarm'
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2017-10-12 16:36:04
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the developme
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Is it gonna blow? Measuring volcanic emissions from space
Carbon dioxide measured by a NASA satellite pinpoints sources of the gas from human and volcanic activities, which may help monitor greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss
Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane mod
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Watching plant photosynthesis...from space
University of Sydney and NASA have developed a revolutionary technique to image plant photosynthesis using satellite-based remote-sensing, with potential applications in climate change monitoring. The uptake of carbon dioxide by leaves and its conversion
2017-10-12 00:00:00
CU Anschutz researchers say climate change may accelerate infectious disease outbreaks
Aside from inflicting devastating natural disasters on often vulnerable communities, climate change can also spur outbreaks of infectious diseases like Zika , malaria and dengue fever, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Rainfall trends in arid regions buck commonly held climate change theories
To explore the links between climatic warming and rainfall in drylands, scientists from the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol analysed more than 50 years of detailed rainfall data (measured every minute) from a semi-arid drainage basin in south east Ari
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Global Change Center researchers to forecast water quality with NSF support
The team -- which includes ecologists, social scientists, geologists and engineers -- was awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities grant to develop a system that can create a real-time water forecast -- similar to a
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Carbon dioxide levels lower than thought during super greenhouse period
Research from Dartmouth College adds to the understanding of Earth's historic hyperthermal events to help explain the planet's current warming trend.
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published in Marine Geology sho
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Satellites map photosynthesis at high resolution
Life on Earth is impossible without photosynthesis. It provides food and oxygen to all higher life forms and plays an important role in the climate system, since this process regulates the uptake of carbon dioxide from the Earth's atmosphere and its fixat
2017-10-12 00:00:00
'Great News for the Climate' as Banking Giant Ditches Tar Sands, Arctic Drilling
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2017-10-11 20:42:13
Cities taking narrow approach to start adapting to climate change see benefits
A new study led by a University of Kansas urban planning researcher sheds light on tradeoffs between taking a narrow approach focused on connections between climate change adaptation and reducing risks from hazards like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria,
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Wither heavy storms
A rainstorm generator developed by UCSB hydrologists assesses watershed rainfall under climate change simulations.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Beyond EPA's Clean Power decision: Climate action window could close as early as 2023
As the Trump administration repeals the US Clean Power Plan, a new study from the University of Michigan underscores the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions -- from both environmental and economic perspectives.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Climate change predicted to reduce size, stature of dominant Midwest plant, study finds
Kansas State University researchers are involved in a study that found climate change may reduce the growth and stature of big bluestem -- a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
The costs of transporting petroleum products by pipelines and rail
While the policy debate surrounding crude oil transportation costs has emphasized accidents and spills, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers indicates the debate is overlooking a far more serious external cost
2017-10-10 00:00:00
How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon
Previous researchers had concluded that global warming was simply delaying the North American monsoon, which brings summer rains to the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. But a new, high-resolution climate model that corrects for persistent sea sur
2017-10-09 00:00:00
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. This presents an enticing opportunity for generating renewable e
2017-10-09 00:00:00
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst produc
2017-10-06 00:00:00
Huge 'People Over Pipeline' Victory as TransCanada Forced to Kill Energy East
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2017-10-05 15:28:53
Climate solution in soil?
The land under our feet and the plant matter it contains could offset a significant amount of carbon emissions if managed properly. More research is needed to unlock soil's potential to mitigate global warming, improve crop yields and increase resilience
2017-10-05 00:00:00
Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios -- an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world's growing population.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
Study: Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
A new study published this week in Nature Communications outlines the mechanisms and points to the importance of both sunlight and the right microbial community as keys to converting permafrost carbon to CO2.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
A new hybrid nanomaterial harvests solar energy and uses it to extract hydrogen from seawater, cheaply and efficiently. Future commercialization could mean a new source of environmentally friendly fuel and less dependence on fossil fuels.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
Flights worldwide face increased risk of severe turbulence due to climate change
Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
New report gives the lay of the land on grazing livestock's climate impact
An international research collaboration has shed light on the impact that grass-fed animals have on climate change. Its new study adds clarity to the debate around livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption.The newly
2017-10-03 00:00:00
Warming unlikely to have major impact on animal agriculture in Northeast
Climate change will not significantly impair animal agriculture in the Northeast region of the United States, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who point out there are many variables in the future scenario they envision.
2017-10-03 00:00:00
Researchers identify free-flowing aerosol particles using holograms, lasers
Holographic images of free-flowing air particles may help climate change and biological weapons watchdogs better monitor the atmosphere, according to a recent Kansas State University study published in Nature's Scientific Reports. The images are made by t
2017-10-03 00:00:00
UTA study sheds new light on evolution
Research from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology suggests that hydrogen, oxygen, water and carbon dioxide are being generated in the earth's mantle hundreds of kilometers below the Earth's surface.
2017-10-03 00:00:00
Humans Have Messed With Earth So Much, Formal 'Anthropocene' Classification Needed: Scient
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2017-10-02 20:47:05
Most Americans want the government to combat climate change, some willing to pay a high amount
Sixty-one percent of Americans think climate change is a problem that the government needs to address, including 43 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats, according to a new survey from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago
2017-10-02 00:00:00
Win-win strategies for climate and food security
Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and forestry sectors could lead to increased food prices -- but new research identifies strategies that could help mitigate climate change while avoiding steep hikes in food prices.
2017-10-01 00:00:00
A stinging report: FSU reserach shows climate change a major threat to bumble bees
New research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide.
2017-09-29 00:00:00
Climate's effects on flowers critical for bumble bees
In a study that shows the importance of climate change on critical pollinators, North Carolina State University researchers found that earlier and longer flowering seasons can have poor effects on the bumble bees that rely on these flowers to live and thr
2017-09-29 00:00:00
Resolving the mysterious carbon contribution of the tropics
Tropical forests release more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than they remove from it, according to a new study, finding that most of the release is due to deforestation and degradation.
2017-09-28 00:00:00
New measurements show widespread forest loss has reversed the role of tropics as a carbon sink
Peer reviewed report provides the most comprehensive picture of deforestation's toll on critical climate change safeguard; reveals hard-to-measure forest degradation is responsible for nearly 70 percent of emissions from tropical forests.
2017-09-28 00:00:00
Occupying McConnell's Office, 'Climate Champions' Demand Action Over Denial
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2017-09-27 18:32:56
Climate change: Ministers should be 'sued' over targets
The ex-chief scientist says the government should be made to enshrine a zero-emissions target in law.
2017-09-27 05:58:26
The economic case for climate action in the United States
Economic losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and 76 wildfires in nine Western states, intensified by human-induced climate change, will be the most costly combined weather events in US history.When the final accounting is completed, the economic
2017-09-27 00:00:00
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to nearby ecosystems. Now in a study appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemi
2017-09-27 00:00:00
Some marine species more vulnerable to climate change than others
Certain marine species will fare much worse than others as they become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new UBC study has found.
2017-09-26 00:00:00
Improving weather forecasting with a new IASI channel selection method
With the advent of satellite observation techniques and improvements in data assimilation schemes, the initial state in an NWP (numerical weather prediction) model has become more realistic, which is fast becoming the most vital part in the process. Furth
2017-09-26 00:00:00
How has society adapted to hurricanes? A look at New Orleans over 300 years
In the midst of an intense hurricane season, a historical perspective published in WIREs Climate Change looks at adaptation to hurricanes in New Orleans over nearly three centuries, from its foundation in 1718 to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
2017-09-26 00:00:00
Climate insurance is rarely well thought out in agriculture
Internationally subsidised agricultural insurance is intended to protect farmers in developing countries from the effects of climate change. However, it can also lead to undesirable ecological and social side effects, as UFZ researchers and their colleagu
2017-09-25 00:00:00
Clarifying perspectives to promote action on loss and damage from climate change
The hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria highlight the potential for the climate system to cause loss and damage. 'Loss and damage' is a phrase used in different ways by people who work on climate policy, negotiation and adaptation/resilience. A new study cl
2017-09-25 00:00:00
Getting the measure of mud
For the first time, researchers have been able to use mud deposited on the depths of the ocean floor to measure changes in the speed of deep-sea currents. Using mud as a current meter could help scientists to identify fluctuating patterns in ocean current
2017-09-25 00:00:00
Climate change can goad volcanoes into life
Geologists from UNIGE, working with the University of Orléans, University Pierre and Marie Curie and the ICTJA-CSIC Institute analyzed volcanic data from the Messinian salinity crisis in the Mediterranean Sea, when the Strait of Gibraltar was blocked
2017-09-25 00:00:00
Understanding the dance to save the dance
Plant-pollinator relationships are vital to our natural and agricultural ecosystems, with an incredible amount of food crops worldwide dependent on plant-pollinator interaction success. But the advancement of climate change is disrupting plant-pollinator
2017-09-21 00:00:00
We must accelerate transitions for sustainability and climate change, experts say
We must move faster towards a low-carbon world if we are to limit global warming to 2 degrees C this century, experts have warned.
2017-09-21 00:00:00
Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project
A test that inexpensively monitors the safe storage of industrial carbon dioxide gas emissions in carbon capture and storage technology is to be used at a $5 million test site in Canada.
2017-09-20 00:00:00
Paris climate aim 'still achievable'
The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.
2017-09-19 10:55:17
CUHK sets out to reveal impact of Arctic amplification on East Asian winter climate
An ongoing research project aims to identify and explain teleconnections and future changes in the East Asian Winter Monsoon under Arctic Amplification. This integral study would be beneficial for policymakers in evaluating the risk of cold extremes in Ea
2017-09-19 00:00:00
Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion
Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling t
2017-09-18 00:00:00
Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene
Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of f
2017-09-18 00:00:00
To predict how climate change will affect disease, researchers must fuse climate science and biology
To predict how climate change will affect disease, researchers must fuse climate science and biology, according to a Princeton University review.
2017-09-18 00:00:00
Changes in nonextreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences
Major floods and droughts receive a lot of attention in the context of climate change, but University of Illinois researchers analyzed over five decades of precipitation data from North America to find that changes in nonextreme precipitation are more sig
2017-09-18 00:00:00
As World Moves Forward with Paris Accord, U.S. Observes From Sidelines
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2017-09-17 15:03:11
Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord
Reports say the US will no longer withdraw from the Paris deal or will change its approach.
2017-09-17 07:14:38
Conflicts and Climate Change Fueling Rise in World Hunger
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2017-09-15 20:53:27
New climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories 'catastrophic' and 'unknown' to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply exis
2017-09-14 00:00:00
Cost of not adapting to climate change would be at least five times higher
A study on damage to coastal considered only real estate loss. If nothing is done, researchers say, losses might be up to ten times higher if the predicament includes the spreading of flood- and global warming -related diseases.
2017-09-14 00:00:00
#ClimateSilence: Corporate Media Called Out for Whiffing on 'Most Important Story in the World&
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2017-09-13 20:12:09
Climate change challenges the survival of fish across the world
University of Washington researchers have published the first analysis looking at how vulnerable the world's freshwater and marine fishes are to climate change. Their paper, appearing online Sept. 11 in Nature Climate Change, used physiological data to pr
2017-09-13 00:00:00
Earth's oldest trees in climate-induced race up the tree line
Bristlecone pine and limber pine trees in the Great Basin region of the western United States are like two very gnarled, old men in a slow-motion race up the mountaintop, and climate change is the starting gun, according to a study from the University of
2017-09-13 00:00:00
New method for identifying carbon compounds derived from fossil fuels
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laboratory instrument that will greatly reduce the cost of analyzing carbon isotopes. Among other things, this will allow scientists to measure how much of the carbon
2017-09-13 00:00:00
Historic legacies affect climate change survival in Caribbean
In a new paper published this week, Dr Sealey-Huggins finds that discussion of climate change has failed to pay enough attention to the social, political and historic factors which increase the vulnerability of Caribbean societies, and calls for a new app
2017-09-12 00:00:00
Rapid climate changes across northern hemisphere in the earliest Middle Pleistocene
By studying climate changes that took place thousands of years ago, we can better understand the global climate system and predict the Earth's future climate. A multi-organization research team led by Professor Hyodo Masayuki (Research Center for Inland S
2017-09-12 00:00:00
Elizabeth Kolbert: An Honest Conversation About Climate Change Is Needed in Wake of Irma & Harve
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2017-09-11 20:40:14
If Humanity Doesn't Turn Back from Climate Abyss, Says Pope, 'We Will Go Down'
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2017-09-11 14:55:53
Rising CO2 leading to changes in land plant photosynthesis
Researchers led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have determined that major changes in plant behavior have occurred over the past 40 years, using measurements of subtle changes in the carbon dioxide (CO2) cu
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Urban climate change
Southern cities such as Houston and Tampa -- which faced the wrath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively -- may not be the only urban environments vulnerable to extreme weather. Northern cities also face the potential for flooding as global temperat
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Biodiversity just as powerful as climate change for healthy ecosystems
Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity's best defenses against extreme weather. In past experiments, diversity has fostered healthier, more productive ecosystems, like shoreline vegetation that guards against hurricanes. However, many experts doubt
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Cold region 'tipping point' now inevitable
The decline of cold regions called periglacial zones is now inevitable due to climate change, researchers say.
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Desert locusts: New risks in the light of climate change
The desert locust is an invasive species that is both well known and feared because of the large-scale agricultural damage it can cause. It is particularly closely monitored, to prevent the risks of outbreaks and invasions. Climate change could modify its
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Ancient wetlands offer window into climate change
Environmental researchers have uncovered a wealth of information about a unique part of Australia that offers never-before-seen insights into climate change since the last ice age.
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Hints from hemoglobin lead to better carbon monoxide storage
Highly porous metal-organic frameworks have proved ideal for storing many chemicals, from carbon dioxide and hydrogen to water. A new tweak to MOFs has now produced a highly selective material for adsorbing carbon monoxide, which is used in many industria
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Study on climate change shows how cities can prioritize public health
Involving health experts in planning can have profound consequences.
2017-09-08 00:00:00
'Unprecedented' Lofoten Declaration Demands Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Industry
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2017-09-07 15:40:09
Birds are on the move in the face of climate change
Research on birds in northern Europe reveals that there is an ongoing considerable species turnover due to climate change and due to land use and other direct human influences.
2017-09-07 00:00:00
Extreme weather has limited effect on attitudes toward climate policies
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.
2017-09-07 00:00:00
Climate change for aliens
For more than 50 years, the Kardashev scale has been the gold standard for classifying hypothetical 'exo-civilizations' by their ability to harness energy. A team of researchers led by Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank have devised a new system that tak
2017-09-07 00:00:00
New research disputes claims that climate change helped spark the Syrian civil war
A new study shows that there is no sound evidence that global climate change was a factor in causing the Syrian civil war.
2017-09-07 00:00:00
Chablis wine crop hit by changes to French climate
A wine producer in the Burgundy region of France blames climate change for this year's low yield.
2017-09-06 23:59:23
Caribbean Islands Pleaded for Climate Action. Hurricane Irma Shows Why.
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2017-09-06 21:22:24
Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
Researchers have found evidence that near-ground biogenic emissions of organics suppress cloud formation in cool-temperate forests in autumn, providing clues to how global warming will affect cloud formation and the overall climate.
2017-09-06 00:00:00
Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change
When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pastu
2017-09-05 00:00:00
Look Around: The Costs of Not Acting on Climate Are Adding Up Fast
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2017-09-04 18:53:37
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
A new study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica reveals there will be more 'losers' than 'winners' over the next century as the Antarctic seafloor warms. The results are published in the journal Nature Climate Change this wee
2017-09-04 00:00:00
Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate changes
New findings published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America by Desert Research Institute Professor Joseph R. McConnell, Ph.D., and colleagues document a 192-year series of volcanic eruptions in Antar
2017-09-04 00:00:00
Analysis: Harvey Triggered Release of Nearly a Million Pounds of Toxic Air Pollutants
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2017-09-01 18:32:32
Can corals survive climate change?
A group of international scientists, including scientists from Australia, have issued advice that more research is urgently required to determine whether corals can acclimate and adapt to the rapid pace of climate change.
2017-09-01 00:00:00
Researchers find microbes key to reef survival
A global consortium of marine biologists collaborates to help coral reef ecosystems adapt to climate change.
2017-09-01 00:00:00
Nobel Prize Winners Name Trump and His 'Ignorance' as Top Threats to World Population
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Julia Conley, staff writer</div></div></div><d
2017-08-31 15:44:39
Coming soon to Montreal: The infrastructure cost of climate change
The climate of the city is changing and will continue to do so at a rapidly increasing rate and with much more spatial variability in the future.That's according to new research from Concordia's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
2017-08-31 00:00:00
NASA scientists seek to improve sea ice predictions
Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is in a downward spiral, with summer minimum extents about 40 percent smaller than in the 1980s. But predicting how the sea ice is going to behave in a particular year is tricky: There are still many unknowns about the conditio
2017-08-31 00:00:00
Aerospace test at Sandia goes green with alternative to explosives
Sandia National Laboratories has successfully demonstrated a new, more environmentally friendly method to test a rocket part to ensure its avionics can withstand the shock from stage separation during flight.
2017-08-31 00:00:00
A new method used to generate ensemble initial perturbations
In the past two decades, ensemble forecasting has been developed substantially to become a powerful approach that improves numerical weather prediction. Recently, data assimilation schemes were combined with the dynamical methods to better sample the anal
2017-08-31 00:00:00
Volcanic carbon dioxide drove ancient global warming event
An extreme global warming event 56 million years ago was driven by massive carbon dioxide emissions from volcanoes, suggests a new study led by the University of Southampton.
2017-08-31 00:00:00
Climate change may be linked to spike in US road deaths in 2015
Climate change may be linked to the spike in US road deaths in 2015, which abruptly reversed the trend of the previous 35 years, concludes a study published online in the journal Injury Prevention.
2017-08-31 00:00:00
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
A group of ecologists has started creating a periodic table of ecological niches similar to chemistry's periodic table. It will be a critical resource for scientists seeking to understand how a warming climate may be spurring changes in species around the
2017-08-30 00:00:00
Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
An international research team co-led by a Monash biologist has shown that methane-oxidising bacteria -- key organisms responsible for greenhouse gas mitigation -- are more flexible and resilient than previously thought.
2017-08-30 00:00:00
Volcanic eruptions drove ancient global warming event
A natural global warming event that took place 56 million years ago was triggered almost entirely by volcanic eruptions that occurred as Greenland separated from Europe during the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean, according to an international team of
2017-08-30 00:00:00
American pika disappears from large area of California's Sierra Nevada mountains
The American pika, a small mammal adapted to high altitudes and cold temperatures, has died out from a 165-square-mile span of habitat in California's northern Sierra Nevada mountains, and the cause appears to be climate change. Researchers surveyed pika
2017-08-30 00:00:00
Bahamian songbirds disappeared during last glacial-interglacial transition
Two species of songbirds that once made a home in the Bahamas likely became extinct on the islands because of rising sea levels and a warmer, wetter climate, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the Univer
2017-08-29 00:00:00
Caspian Sea evaporating as temperatures rise, study finds
Earth's largest inland body of water has been slowly evaporating for the past two decades due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, a new study finds. Water levels in the Caspian Sea dropped nearly 7 centimeters (3 inches) per year from 1
2017-08-29 00:00:00
In the face of climate change can our engineers keep the trains running on time?
An unprecedented study titled, 'Lifecycle Assessments of Railway Bridge Transitions Exposed to Extreme Events,' published in Frontiers in Built Environment, benchmarks the costs and carbon emissions for the life cycle of eight mitigation measures for main
2017-08-29 00:00:00
Extreme Storms Like Harvey and Climate Change: 'This Is the New Reality'
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Andrea Germanos, staff writer</div></div></div>&l
2017-08-28 20:34:05
Algae fortifies coral reefs in past and present
The Great Barrier Reef, and most other large reefs around the world, owe their bulk in large part to a type of red algae that grows on corals and strengthens them. New research led by Anna Weiss, a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin Jack
2017-08-28 00:00:00
Oil and gas wells as a strong source of greenhouse gases
Boreholes in the North Sea could constitute a significantly more important source of methane, a strong greenhouse gas, than previously thought. This is shown by a new study of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel recently published in the i
2017-08-28 00:00:00
Climate may quickly drive forest-eating beetles north, says study
Over the next few decades, global warming-related rises in winter temperatures could significantly extend the range of the southern pine beetle, one of the world's most aggressive tree-killing insects, through much of the northern United States and southe
2017-08-28 00:00:00
Electricity consumption in Europe will shift under climate change
Rising temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions will fundamentally change electricity consumption patterns in Europe. A team of scientists from Germany and the United States now analyzed what unchecked future warming means for Europe's electricity dem
2017-08-28 00:00:00
Bernie Sanders, Nation's Highest Profile Socialist, Once Again Voted Most Popular
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Jon Queally, staff writer</div></div></div><di
2017-08-25 16:19:16
Alps melting?
A huge rockfall in Val Bondasca raises questions about how climate change is affecting the Alps.
2017-08-25 11:53:42
Man-made fossil methane emission levels larger than previously believed
A team of researchers led by Vasilii Petrenko, an assistant professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester, spent seven weeks in Antarctica collecting and studying 2,000-pound samples of glacial ice cores that date back nearl
2017-08-24 00:00:00
Fossils reveal how bizarre mammal beat extinction
Animals that live on islands are among the most at risk from extinction. A remarkable eighty percent of extinctions occurring since 1500AD have been on islands, with inhabitants facing dangers from climate change, sea level rise, invasive species, and hum
2017-08-24 00:00:00
Harvard Study Confirms: #ExxonKnew and Misled Public About Climate Threat for Decades
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2017-08-23 15:54:09
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