The British government’s promise not to subsidise new nuclear power stations in the UK looks set to torpedo its own stated energy policy which is to build a range of new reactors to keep the lights on.
On both sides of the Atlantic scientists studying lakes have discovered they are warming – and this is bad news both for water quality and the fish. The Alpine lakes of Austria are warming up. By 2050, their surface waters could be up to 3°C warmer, according to new research in the journal Hydrobiologia.
Some parts of the world face frequent catastrophic floods by the end of this century while other regions could get less hazardous.
Work by 100 scientists over five years reveal that more than half the species studied are in danger because of a warming planet.
One of the great stumbling blocks of climate talks in the last 15 years has been that America refuses to move to cut emissions of greenhouse gases until China does – but at the weekend leaders of the world’s two great polluters reached agreement to phase out one of the most potent of them hydrofluorocarbons (HCFs).
One of Africa’s most distinguished scientists insists that in a warming climate the world needs to adopt genetically modified crops on a massive scale in order to feed the planet’s growing population.
Over 40 years cloud cover has been steadily falling in Spain providing more sunshine but that is a threat as well as a bonus.
The good news is that some coral can recover from periodic warming of the oceans: the bad news is it might take too long.
A vast area of Canada, from southern forests to the Arctic Sea is administered by a weak government, but is threatened by warming and a rush to exploit precious minerals.
There’s strong evidence that with rising temperatures and reductions in ice cover, the Arctic is seeing a spike in the rate of various diseases.
Estimating how alterations in rainfall patterns will affect tree growth in different regions is a puzzling business. Nobody knows for certain what climate change will bring but on the basis of the latest research by plant ecologists, one thing has been established: there will be surprises.
Forecasting is still difficult but it looks like the world will become a more stormy place in the years ahead. More intense thunderstorms combined with damaging winds are expected to occur because of climate change, according to speakers at the seventh European Conference on Severe Storms being held in Helsinki, Finland.
New study predicts a big jump in foliage growth in arid regions as carbon dioxide levels increase.Australian scientists have solved one piece of the climate puzzle. They have confirmed the long-debated fertilization effect.
That jet-propelled cephalopod of the seas, the squid, could be in for a hard time. As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, so the oceans become more acid, and this is not good news for one of the most important animals of the ocean ecosystem.
Leading climate scientist highlights the importance of regional data in understanding the effects of global climate change.
Indications the rate of warming in oceans is greater than previously thought. Now scientists are using data collected during the Challenger’s four year expedition to try to understand the heat content of the oceans.
A flagship UN policy designed to help to save the world’s forests faces rejection by indigenous groups in Panama, who believe it is being used in an attempt to usurp their ownership.
The majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will live with severe pressure on fresh water within the space of two generations as climate change, pollution and over-use of resources take their toll, 500 scientists have warned.
One of the factors which has prompted US scientists to warn of intensified hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year is warmer water temperatures, linking storm frequency with climate change.
Cities are liable to heat up much more than open countryside as the climate warms – and in the case of New York City, this could mean a big increase in heat-related deaths.
The Good News for humans is the arctic will be warmer and it will sprout forests although it will be bad news for many other animal species. The Bad News? Southern areas will also be warmer and be deforested. Perhaps you can move to Russia or Canada, eh.
When 97 percent of Greenland’s ice experienced at least some melting in July 2012, scientists wondered if it was a one-time phenomenon. Now a new study in Geophysical Research Letters indicates it is a sign of things to come and by 2025, there is a 50-50 chance of it happening annually.
The ability of clouds to reflect sunlight back into space and so help to cool the Earth appears to have been over-estimated, researchers say, in a study especially significant for major polluters.
A study of thousands of peer-reviewed scientific articles on climate change has found almost unanimous agreement among the authors that most of the recent warming has resulted from human activities.
Scientists have wrestled for years with the problem of detecting evidence of climate change in the oceans. Now a Canadian team has found a way to do so: by working out what temperatures suit different fish species.
Agricultural scientists are linking several pests and diseases affecting British farming with climate change, posing problems for both livestock and crops.
As the carbon dioxide in the air hits 400 parts per million for the first time in human history, some are arguing that the best way address climate change is to use the controversial practice of geoengineering — the deliberate altering of the Earth’s ecological and climate systems to counter the effects of global warming.
Although hundreds of the world’s glaciers are shrinking fast, far more are losing ice much more slowly, new research has established. But it shows that, almost everywhere, the glaciers are in retreat.
Unexpected, perhaps, but true – clouds are sending more sunlight back out into space because pollution from human activities is making them more reflective.
Our society's addiction to fossil fuels is not only polluting our skies and wreaking havoc on our climate - it's also threatening to kill one of mankind's most precious resources.
The world has a chance to slow the speed of sea level rise and to buy more time for tackling climate change by reducing emissions of some potent pollutants apart from carbon dioxide.
The year just past confirmed the Earth’s warming trend, which will continue and is reason for concern, says the World Meteorological Organisation.
The energy released by 2012′s Superstorm Sandy in the US was so immense that it triggered seismic waves which registered on equipment designed to detect earthquakes.
Warmer temperature prompts trees to release aerosols which in turn stimulate cloud formation. And that can help to cool the temperature, at least modestly.
The fossilized remains of snails are helping scientists to understand how a fall in carbon dioxide levels signaled the start of a far colder and quite different climate.
An increasingly warm climate will mean ever more rapid changes in the Earth’s climatic zones, researchers say, and the species that live there will face a heightened extinction risk.
Work by an international scientific team has disclosed what the patterns of climate change have been across almost all the Earth’s continents over the past millennium. and sometimes longer.
Solar power is here to stay. So is efficiency and conservative use of electricity. Solar power and local or community production is the best bet for combating global warming. Decentralized and personal production gives home owners and business managers a stake in production and thus conservation.
Climate change is responsible for more than half the changes detected in the world’s vegetation, researchers say, and human activities for only about a third.
Renewable energy is rapidly becoming a much more serious possibility, as novel technologies come of age and offer the prospect of a new relationship between Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Floods will become a greater menace in China as warming continues. Work by Chinese scientists which confirms that greenhouse gases are affecting temperatures in the country may prompt more domestic political action to reverse the trend.
Within the last three decades the glaciers of the tropical Andes have receded by between nearly a third and a half, scientists say – with the warming of the Pacific to blame.
German researchers have found a way to overcome one of the problems with renewable energy – the fact that it is not always available – by linking different options in a unified system.
The authors found that heat waves are occurring more often, while cold waves have been decreasing. That shift is recognized to be in keeping with a warming climate.
The Arctic sea ice melt vigil has begun. Arctic melt is of great importance because it affects the climate of the planet in general and the weather of the northern latitudes in particular.
Oil companies are drawing government welfare to the tune of some $7 billion a year. That government handout is to one of the most profitable industries in the history of commerce.
Many of the Canadian far north’s glaciers are likely to have melted by the end of the century, researchers believe, making significant sea-level rise inevitable.
Be it in the oceans, on the land, or in the air and from the American breadbasket to the Siberian icy forests, to the land down under. global warming is occurring rapidly, right before our eyes.
While many of us are bemoaning the fate of the planet, one man has actually gone out and experimented with solutions to the desertification taking place (grasslands drying out and turning into desert areas) and he has found a solution that works...
Think the costs of global warming is something future generations will have to face? Think again. Whether it be drought in the US bread basket or intensified storms in the Northeast, it will cost you now, not later. From increased casualty insurance premiums to the price of strawberries, prepare to open your wallet a little wider.
What exactly does it mean for storms to get “stronger”? Does it mean faster winds? A larger wind field? Lower pressure at the center? More rain and snowfall? Higher storm surges?
As parts of Central America and the U.S. Southwest endure some of the worst droughts to hit those areas in decades, scientists have unearthed new evidence about ancient dry spells that suggest the future could bring even more serious water shortages.
Once upon a time the doctrine of man's dominion over the earth implied stewardship. Now many just call for an end to the EPA. If we continue on this course, it might mean an end to more than to the EPA. But really, ending the EPA is only about ending regulation so that the few can profit at the expense of the many.
Something interesting is happening in Australia. A new study by the research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found that unsubsidized renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels like coal and gas.
We can’t immediately link Hurricane Sandy itself to climate change, says climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, but the flooding damage we can. Partly due to global warming, sea level has climbed about a foot in the NYC area over the past century, giving storm surges a “step up” along the coast.
According to Rebecca Lindsey of the National Climate Data Center the list of impacts from the U.S. drought seems endless. There have been record-low hay stocks, significant damage to house foundations, ethanol and beef processing plants idled, and mandatory water restrictions. In one Texas county alone there have been at least 25,000 dead pecan trees.
If global warming is caused by humans and that cause has a signature that scientists can point to in the debate, then the scales tip further for increased global action. Jeff Severinghaus, a climate researcher says his new study...
One of the ways we can tell how climate is changing is how other living things adapt. Whether it is the sugar maple tree or the swallowtail butterfly, even the most casual observer detects the differences. These changes, as well higher or lower temperatures, occur as you move north and south and as elevation changes.
On a statewide and seasonal level, 2012 was a year of both temperature and precipitation extremes for the United States. Each state in the CONUS had annual temperatures which were above average. Nineteen states had annual temperatures which were record...