Spring Is Coming Sooner At A Record Rate

Spring Is Coming Sooner At A Record RateThe northern hemisphere is experiencing a much earlier spring due to global warming, causing problems for plants and wildlife as the natural cycle goes out of sync.

How To Talk To Climate Change Doubters About Global Warming

How To Talk To Climate Change Doubters About Global WarmingConversations about climate change often derail into arguments about whether global warming exists, whether climate change is already happening, the extent to which human activity is a cause and which beliefs are based in evidence versus propaganda. The Conversation

How Conservatives Will Grow To Love Carbon Pricing

How Conservatives Will Grow To Love Carbon PricingIn some political circles, hostility to climate policy has become a way of showing off one’s conservative credentials. But a suggestion for pricing carbon, grounded in classic conservative principles, has now emerged in the United States.

A Good Idea, When It Comes From Real Conservatives

A Good Idea, When It Comes From Real ConservativesA group of former Republican officials (including James A. Baker, Henry Paulson, George P. Shultz, Marty Feldstein and Greg Mankiw) is proposing a carbon tax starting the tax at $40 per ton, that would gradually increase.

How We Discovered The World's Largest Tropical Peatland

How We Discovered The World's Largest Tropical Peatland, Deep In The Jungles Of CongoIn the geographical heart of Africa lies a huge wetland. After years of exploring these remote swamps, our research shows that the region contains the most extensive tropical peatland on Earth.

How Smart Solar Can Protect Our Vulnerable Power Grids

How Smart Solar Can Protect Our Vulnerable Power GridsSome commentators seem to be worried that our electricity networks are facing an impending voltage crisis, citing fears that renewables (rooftop solar panels in particular) will threaten the quality of our power supply.

Why 'Clean Coal' Plants Would Cost Billions In Taxpayer Subsidies

Why 'Clean Coal' Plants Would Cost Billions In Taxpayer SubsidiesFollowing a campaign by the coal industry, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has argued for new coal-fired power stations in Australia. But these plants would be more expensive than renewables and carry a huge liability through the carbon emissions they produce.

How Can We Predict The Hottest Years On Record

How Can We Predict The Hottest Years On RecordNASA and NOAA jointly reported that 2016 was the warmest year on record. That’s no surprise, as the first six months of the year were all exceptionally warm.

The Pros And Mostly Cons Of CO2 Emissions

The Pros And Mostly Cons Of CO2 Emissions What, quantitatively, is the social cost of carbon dioxide—the economic damage caused by a 1-ton increase in emissions or the benefits of a 1-ton decrease?

How Ancient Climate Change Drove The Rise Of Reptiles

How Ancient Climate Change Drove The Rise Of ReptilesAfter lying largely forgotten in a museum for decades, a set of fossilised footprints have revealed a new glimpse of the world when reptiles began taking over from amphibians as the dominant land animals.

Global Warming Is Already Changing Genes

Global Warming Is Already Changing GenesGlobal climate change has already impacted every aspect of life on Earth, from genes to entire ecosystems, according to a new study in Science.

Why Sea Level Is Making Storm Surges On The Coastal Living Risky

Why Sea Level Is Making Storm Surges On The Coastal Living RiskyAustralia is a huge continent, but a coastal nation. About 80% of Australians live within 50km of the coast, and a sea-level rise of 1.1 metres (a high-end scenario for 2100) would put about A$63 billion (in 2008 dollars) worth of residential buildings at risk.

Why The Arctic's Freakishly Warm Winter Is Due To Humans

Why The Arctic's Freakishly Warm Winter Is Due To HumansFor the Arctic, like the globe as a whole, 2016 has been exceptionally warm. For much of the year, Arctic temperatures have been much higher than normal, and sea ice concentrations have been at record low levels.

Climate link to glacier retreat now irrefutable

glacier 12 23 By studying evidence of the retreat of glaciers around the globe over a period of a century, scientists believe they have found an irrefutable link to climate change.

Reindeer eat to beat climate change

reinder 12 22Reindeer are helping to slow down climate change by grazing on Arctic tundra and leaving vegetation that reflects more solar energy back into space.

Is Food Our Best Hope For Cutting Methane Emissions?

Is Food Our Best Hope For Cutting Methane Emissions?A major opportunity for avoiding climate change’s worst impacts lies in reducing methane emissions, particularly from food production, according to a pair of new studies.

Antarctic rifts launch giant icebergs

pineIsland 12 22Satellite images reveal clue to the hidden cause of fractures in Antarctic shelf ice that are calving huge icebergs into the south polar seas.

Why Wind Turbines Could Make Growing Conditions Better For Crops

Why Wind Turbines Could Make Growing Conditions Better For CropsGene Takle, professor of agronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences at Iowa State University, says tall wind turbines disbursed throughout a field create air turbulence that may help plants by affecting variables such as temperature and carbon dioxide concentrations.

What 500-year-old Clams Can Tell Us About Climate Change

What 500-year-old Clams Can Tell Us About Climate ChangeYou probably don’t think clams are the most exciting animals on the planet. But anyone who dismisses these marine bivalve molluscs surely cannot be aware of just how important they actually are. Without knowing it, they have taught us so much about the world we live in – and how it used to be.

Trump's Climate Policy Has The Lives Of Billions In His Hands

Trump's Climate Policy Has The Lives Of Billions In His HandsPresident-elect Donald Trump has been unclear so far on how many of his campaign pledges he actually intends to see through. Hopeful Democrats and moderates have clung to this uncertainty as reason to hope that a Trump presidency wouldn’t be as bad as they feared.

The Central Pacific El Niño Gets A Little Less Mysterious

The Central Pacific El Niño Gets A Little Less MysteriousA new theoretical model may lead to timelier, accurate forecasts of the central Pacific El Niño, an important weather-maker. Any El Niño is a period of warmer-than-normal sea-surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific.

What To Do About The Climate Change Hotspots

What To Do About The Climate Change HotspotsThe consequences of climate change are already being felt all over the globe. But some regions are particularly affected. These so-called “hotspots” are areas where strong physical and ecological effects of climate change come together with large numbers of vulnerable and poor people and communities.

How Nations Are Playing The Long Game In Fighting Global Warming

How Nations Are Playing The Long Game In Fighting Global WarmingWhile much of the media focus at this month’s climate meeting in Marrakech (COP22) was on US President-elect Donald Trump, there were signs that several countries have begun the long-term planning needed to avoid dangerous climate change.

Don't Bet On Renewable Energy Alone To Stop Global Warming

Don't Bet On Renewable Energy Alone To Stop Global WarmingThe Paris climate agreement has now officially come into force. Although Donald Trump and other climate change deniers have vowed to abandon it, most have hailed the agreement as a huge success and a significant milestone in our quest to limit the effects of global climate change.

Will China Lead On Climate Change As The US Appears Out Of The Running?

Will China Lead On Climate Change As The US Appears Out Of The Runing?The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is bad news for the global environment. He has made it clear that he will not implement the steps required to meet the pledges to reduce emissions as part of the agreement reached in Paris at the end of 2015.

Clouds Slow Down Warming In The Short Term

Clouds Slow Down Warming In The Short TermUS scientists think the effect clouds have on global warming may be underestimated. New research shows that clouds block sunlight and reflect radiation back to space, impeding the rate of global warming. But for how long?

What Will The World Actually Look Like At 1.5°C Of Warming?

What Will The World Actually Look Like At 1.5°C Of Warming?The high ambition of the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to “well below 2°C”, was driven by concern over long-term sea level rise. A warmer climate inevitably means melting ice – you don’t need a computer model to predict this, it is simple common sense.

How Climate Change Is Affecting All Life On Earth

How Climate Change Is Affecting All Life On EarthMore than a dozen authors from different universities and nongovernmental organizations around the world have concluded, based on an analysis of hundreds of studies, that almost every aspect of life on Earth has been affected by climate change.

6 Ways To Pay For Climate Catastrophes

6 Ways To Pay For Climate CatastrophesClimate-related catastrophes are expensive, whether they come on suddenly, like the thousand-year flood in Louisiana in August 2016, or move slowly and inexorably, like desertification in Turkey.

Why Emissions Near Equator Are Extra Dangerous

Why Emissions Near Equator Are Extra DangerousSince the 1980s, air pollution has increased worldwide, but it has increased at a much faster pace in regions close to the equator.

Magma Power: How Superheated Molten Rock Could Provide Renewable Energy

Magma Power: How Superheated Molten Rock Could Provide Renewable EnergyIceland is about to tap into water as hot as lava. Several kilometres below ground, a drilling rig named Thor will soon penetrate the area around a magma chamber, where molten rock from the inner Earth heats up water that has seeped through the seafloor.

Why Ice Ages Now Happen Every 100,000 Years

 Why Ice Ages Now Happen Every 100,000 YearsIce ages on Earth used to occur at intervals of every 40,000 years. But at a point about a million years ago, ice age intervals switched to every 100,000 years.

Alaska: Last Frontier On The Front Lines

Alaska: Last Frontier On The Front LinesNOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (and several other institutions) reported April 2016 to be the warmest April on record for the planet. All of the previous twelve months now hold the “Warmest [INSERT MONTH HERE] on Record” title. That’s twelve months in a row, and that’s never happened.

Why Rural Communities Need to Talk About Climate Change

Why Rural Communities Need to Talk About Climate ChangeEducating rural communities can help them prevent permanent damage to the environment. There is a common misconception that you can’t talk about climate change in rural communities because the issue is considered too polarizing...

India’s Solar Power Is Set To Outshine Coal

India’s Solar Power Is Set To Outshine CoalSolar power in India will be cheaper than imported coal by 2020, but replacing the subcontinent’s fossil fuels with renewable energy is an enormous task.

How Resilient Communities Handle Natural Disasters

How Resilient Communities Handle Natural DisastersThe destructive nature of Hurricane Matthew—which resulted in hundreds of deaths in Haiti, dozens more in the US, and extensive damage still being assessed—was a test of strength in communications systems, infrastructure, and ultimately the resilience of communities.

These Global Bright Spots Offer Climate Hope

These Global Bright Spots Offer Climate Hope

Scientists show how humans can improve poor people’s lives by reversing practices that destroy the environment and fuel climate change.

Why New York Can Expect More 9-Foot Floods

Why New York Can Expect More 9-Foot FloodsNew York City can expect nine-foot floods, as intense as the one produced by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, at least three times more frequently over the next century—and possibly as much as 17 times more frequently, say researchers.

Trees Are Much Better At Cooling The Climate Than We Thought

Trees Are Much Better At Cooling The Climate Than We ThoughtThe pre-industrial atmosphere contained more particles, and so brighter clouds, than we previously thought. This is the latest finding of the CLOUD experiment, a collaboration between around 80 scientists at the CERN particle physics lab near Geneva.

Why Biofuels Turn Out To Be A Climate Blunder

Why Biofuels Turn Out To Be A Climate BlunderEver since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel.

How To Spot Climate Change Happening In Your Garden

Sun-damaged Pink Lady® apples in Western Australia Rebecca DarbyshireSpring arrives and the warming weather encourages the plants in our gardens and parks to burst into life, commencing their annual reproductive cycle.

Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold in Decade

As the country pushes ahead with renewable energy goals, the challenges facing the grid are substantial, but not insurmountable, according to energy experts.

The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday.

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