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.

Does The Climate Crisis Call For Fewer Children?

Does The Climate Crisis Call For Fewer Children?Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.

Over Cooling And Heating Buildings In US Emits As Much Carbon As Four Million Cars

Over Cooling And Heating Buildings In US Emits As Much Carbon As Four Million CarsSix years ago, Phoenix lay burning in the sun one day. It was 110 degrees Fahrenheit and I was the only person foolish enough to be out walking instead of moving by air-conditioned car. Arriving hot and parched at a bookstore, I opened the doors to be greeted by a blast of arctic air.

G20 Nations Emissions Pledges Are Far Too Low

G20 Nations Emissions Pledges Are Far Too LowAnalysts say cuts in emissions will need to increase sixfold if the powerful G20 nations are to meet the climate challenge on reducing greenhouse gases.

To Save The Planet, Do We Need To Shrink The Economy?

To Save The Planet, Do We Need To Shrink The Economy?What is so refreshing about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is that they recognise the inherent tension between economic development and the ecology of our planet.

History Warns Us Of Drought’s Destructive Forces

History Warns US Of Drought’s Destructive ForcesThe role of drought in the fall of ancient Mayan civilisation highlights the vital need today for water management in fighting the impacts of climate change.

Why Global Warming Started Earlier Than We Thought

Why Global Warming Started Earlier Than We ThoughtIn the early days of the Industrial Revolution, no one would have thought that their burning of fossil fuels would have an almost immediate effect on the climate.

Forest Restoration Can Turn Back The Climate Clock

Forest Restoration Can Turn Back The Climate ClockHalting tree-felling and land clearance is not enough to save tropical rainforests without programmes of forest restoration in degraded areas, scientists say.

Should Troubled Nuclear Reactors Be Subsidized?

Should Troubled Nuclear Reactors Be Subsidized?Since the 1950s, U.S. nuclear power has commanded immense taxpayer and customer subsidy based on promises of economic and environmental benefits. Many of these promises are unfulfilled, but new ones take their place. More subsidies follow.

Why The Clouds Impact On Climate Is Not Simple

Cloudy sunset in Phuket, Thailand: what clouds do to climate is still unsettled. Image: 29cm via Wikimedia CommonsThe perennial question of how clouds affect the Earth’s climate takes another twist, with one study expecting cooling and another the opposite.

How South Florida Is Adapting To Climate Change

How South Florida Is Adapting To Climate ChangeWith every passing year, Southeast Florida faces more pressure to adapt to climate change. The region already experiences the effects of climate change, such as flooding on sunny days during the highest tides of the year

Why We Should Help Plants Move As Climates Change

Why We Should Help Plants Move As Climates ChangeEcosystems are already showing the signs of climate change, from the recent death of mangrove forests in northern Australia, to the decline in birds in eastern Australia, to the inability of mountain ash forests to recover from frequent fires.

Today's Electric Cars Can Cover Most Of Daily Driving Needs

General Motors is developing the all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, which is designed to have a driving range of about 200 miles. General MotorsElectrifying transportation is one of the most promising ways to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, but so-called range anxiety – concern about being stranded with an uncharged car battery – remains a barrier to electric vehicle adoption.

Thinning Clouds In The Tropics Put Global Warming Ahead Of Schedule

Thinning Clouds In The Tropics Put Global Warming Ahead Of ScheduleWith the help of satellite data, scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as Earth warms. Because this cloud cover has a cooling effect on the climate, the two-degree warming target set by the Paris Agreement may arrive sooner than predicted.

Anthrax Strikes Back In The Rapidly Thawing Arctic

Reindeer herds in the warming northern Siberia region could be carrying the anthrax bacterium. Image: //www.flickr.com/photos/131954425@N08/">Aleksandr Popov via FlickrRecord high temperatures in Arctic Russia are believed to be one of the main factors behind the emergence of the deadly anthrax disease in northwestern Siberia.

Looks Like We Have Blown The 1.5-degree Global Warming Target

Looks Like We Have Blown The 1.5-degree Global Warming TargetThe United Nations climate change conference held last year in Paris had the aim of tackling future climate change. After the deadlocks and weak measures that arose at previous meetings, such as Copenhagen in 2009, the Paris summit was different.

As Nuclear Plants Close, States Need To Bet Big On Energy Storage

Solar power plants that use the sun’s heat to make electricity can store energy as molten salt. Department of EnergyPacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) recently started the process of shutting down the Diablo Canyon generation facility, the last active nuclear power plant in California.

Adapting To Drought: A Better Way To Measure Water Scarcity

Adapting To Drought: A Better Way To Measure Water ScarcityWater crises seem to be everywhere. In Flint, the water might kill us. In Syria, the worst drought in hundreds of years is exacerbating civil war. But plenty of dried-out places aren’t in conflict. For all the hoopla, even California hasn’t run out of water.

What Is The Global Impact Of Air Conditioning?

The Global Impact Of Air ConditioningWith a heat wave pushing the heat index well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) through much of the U.S., most of us are happy to stay indoors and crank the air conditioning.

Global Warming And El Niño Sent Climate Records Tumbling

Global Warming And El Niño Sent Climate Records TumblingThe State of the Climate in 2015 report, led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was released. Unfortunately, it paints a grim picture of the world’s climate last year.

Why The Antarctic Peninsula Is Cooling Now

 The Antarctic peninsula shows wide natural climate variability. Image: Courtesy of British Antarctic SurveyAfter warming for nearly 50 years the Antarctic peninsula has begun cooling, though probably not for long, UK scientists say.

How The Indian Army Helps Battle Climate Change

Hillside stripped of trees by slash-and-burn agriculture in Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. Image: Prashanth NS via FlickrSoldiers of the Eco Task Force are playing a key role in forest, soil and water conservation to help India meet emissions reduction targets set at the Paris climate summit.

Minimizing Crop Failures In A Changing Climate

Minimizing Crop Failures In A Changing ClimateIn a context of unprecedented climate change and food insecurity, adaptation in agricultural systems is critical in Africa. It is crucial to breed new varieties of staple crops that are adapted to deal with climatic conditions.

How Birds Endemic To Southern Africa Are Likely To Cope With Climate Change

Southern Africa is noted for its wealth of biological diversity and for its high proportion of endemic species. These are species that are unique to a specific location and are found nowhere else in the world. Many of the region’s endemic species can be found in South Africa’s fynbos and succulent Karoo biomes.

What Works And Doesn't Work With Carbon Pricing

What Works And Doesn't Work With Carbon PricingPolitical hurdles and low prices have made carbon pricing a low-impact affair. But there’s still hope it can help limit climate change. Earth’s atmosphere has long served as a free dump for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by humans.

Why Carbon Storage Increase In The Little Ice Age Bodes Ill For Us

Why Carbon Storage Increase In The Little Ice Age Bodes Ill For UsThe dip in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during the Little Ice Age wasn’t caused by New World pioneers cutting a swathe through native American agriculture, as had been previously thought.

How Forests Respond To Increasing Levels Of CO2

How Forests Respond To Increasing Levels Of CO2Forests take up 25 to 30 percent of human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide—a strong greenhouse gas—and therefore are considered to play a crucial role in mitigating the speed and magnitude of climate change.

Droughts Are Drying Up Amazon’s Green Lungs

Droughts Are Drying Up Amazon’s Green LungsSerious tree loss and stunted growth caused by repeated droughts in the Amazon Basin have damaged the rainforest’s vital ability to store atmospheric carbon.

Vast Wildfires Are Burning In Remote Siberia

Vast Wildfires Are Burning far From Humans In Remote SiberiaEvery so often, in regions too remote for the TV cameras, satellite images reveal vast fires covering thousands of square kilometres in smoke. This is what’s happening in Siberia, right now.

Did A Burning Oil Spill Wipe Out The Dinosaurs?

Did A Burning Oil Spill Wipe Out The Dinosaurs?Sixty six million years ago, the dinosaurs suddenly disappeared, along with most of the species on the planet. The extinction occurred at precisely the same time that a giant asteroid struck the Earth.

Zooplankton Warn Us That Extinction Has A Tipping Point

zooplankton 7 20Experts say the results of a study of ancient zooplankton fossils offer a warning about mass extinction events: There’s a tipping point, at which dramatic declines in populations begin.

Some Food Crops Have Developed Ways Of Coping With Droughts

The common bean comes in many shapes, sizes and colours. Image: Roger Smith via FlickrScientists have found that some varieties of beans − a vital food crop grown on every continent except Antarctica − have developed ways of coping with the climate-related droughts that threaten them.

Australia’s Alps Are Still Cool, But The Heat Is On

Feral horses in Pretty Valley, Bogong High Plains. James CamacThink of an Australian landscape and you’re unlikely to picture snow-capped mountains or alpine meadows. But that’s what you’ll find atop the peaks of the country’s southeastern corner.

Art, Language And The Challenges Of Living On A Changing Planet

One of the words explored was visiting a place, like Venice, before it’s permanently altered by the effects of climate change. Copyright Mike DeSocioThe common wisdom about climate change is that it’s too big and too abstract for humans to comprehend, that it’s too hard to talk about. But it turns out many people are having tangible experiences of our changing environment.

How Communities Can Learn To Live With Increasing Wildfires

How Communities Can Learn To Live With Increasing WildfiresIn recent years wildfire seasons in the western United States have become so intense that many of us who make our home in dry, fire-prone areas are grappling with how to live with fire.

Why Paris Climate Targets Are Not Enough

Why Paris Climate Targets Are Not EnoughThe Paris climate agreement saw countries pledge to limit global warming to well below 2℃, and to aim to keep it within 1.5℃. The problem is that countries' current emissions targets are not enough to meet these goals.

A Brief History Of Fossil-fuelled Climate Change Denial

A Brief History Of Fossil-fuelled Climate Change DenialThe fossil fuel industry has spent many millions of dollars on confusing the public about climate change. But the role of vested interests in climate science denial is only half the picture.

How Solar Panels Save Everybody Money

How Solar Panels Save Everybody MoneyThe solar panels of about 40,000 Massachusetts households and community groups cut electricity prices for all of the approximately three million electricity ratepayers in the state, even those without the panels, also called photovoltaics (PV) systems.

Turning CO2 Into Stone

The test site in Iceland where gases from a geothermal power plant are pumped underground and converted into minerals by reacting with basalt stone. Juerg Matter , Author providedWe seriously need to do something about CO2 emissions. Besides shifting to renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency, we need to start putting some of the CO2 away before it reaches the atmosphere.

Greenland Record Melt Tied To The Faster Arctic Warming

(Credit: University of Sheffield)Following record-high temperatures and melting records that affected northwest Greenland in summer 2015, a new study offers the first evidence linking melting in Greenland to the anticipated effects of a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification.

China's Desertification Is Causing Trouble Across Asia

China's Desertification Is Causing Trouble Across AsiaCreeping desertification in China is swallowing thousands of square kilometres of productive soil every year. It’s a challenge of gigantic and unprecedented proportions.

What Is Going On With India's Weather?

What Is Going On With India's Weather?On May 19, India’s all-time temperature record was smashed in the northern city of Phalodi in the state of Rajasthan. Temperatures soared to 51℃, beating the previous record set in 1956 by 0.4℃.

Why The Octopus And Squid Populations Are Booming

Octopus 5 29Squid, octopus and cuttlefish populations are booming across the world. These fast-growing, adaptable creatures are perfectly equipped to exploit the gaps left by extreme climate changes and overfishing, according to a study colleagues and I published in the journal Current Biology.

Wildfires In The Hotter West Are Bigger, More Frequent And Longer

Wildfires In The Hotter West Are Bigger, More Frequent And LongerDramatic images of out-of-control wildfires in western North American forests have appeared on our television and computer screens with increasing regularity in recent decades, while costs of fire suppression have soared.

Middle East Searing Heat May Spark Climate Refugees

The rising sun is partially obscured by a dawn dust storm in Iraq. Image: Elliott Plack via FlickrTemperatures in the Middle East and North Africa could reach unbearably high levels that would make some regions uninhabitable and increase the pressures of climate refugees.

Here's Why 2016 Is Likely To Be The World's Hottest Year

Here's Why 2016 Is Likely To Be The World's Hottest YearWe’re not even halfway through the year but already you may have heard talk of 2016 being the hottest on record. But how can scientists be so sure we’re going to beat the previous record, set just last year?

Sea-level Rise Has Claimed Five Whole Islands In The Pacific

Sea-level Rise Has Claimed Five Whole Islands In The PacificSea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding are some of the greatest challenges facing humanity from climate change.

Climate Change Solutions At The Other End

An estimated 12% of the gross energy cows get from feed is lost in gusts of methane gas. Image: US Department of Agriculture via Flickr

Scientists have found a way to increase the energy cows take in from feed, while reducing the vast amounts of the greenhouse gas methane they pump out of the other end.

Saving the Planet is More Than Just Switching to Renewables

Photo credit: Bush Philosopher - Dave Clarke via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND. Among climate change activists, solutions usually center on a transition to renewable energy. There may be differences over whether this would be best accomplished by a carbon tax, bigger subsidies for wind and solar power, divestment from fossil fuel companies

How We Can Get Even More Energy From The Sun

Solar panels on a Walmart roof, Mountain View, California. Walmart/Flickr, CC BYGlobal demand for energy is increasing by the hour as developing countries move toward industrialization. Experts estimate that by the year 2050, worldwide demand for electricity may reach 30 terawatts (TW). For perspective, one terawatt is roughly equal to the power of 1.3 billion horses.

El Niño's Heat Has Made These Coral Reefs Into Ghost Towns

The Coming Summer Swelters Will Be No Joy For The US

Temperatures in the US could become too hot to handle. Image: Marcos Vasconcelos via FlickrScientists warn that the current pleasures of warmer weather will pall for US citizens as climate change brings extreme temperature rises and unhealthy levels of atmospheric ozone.

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