A Scary Year for Climate Change

A Scary Year for Climate Change
O
ne year ago, the international scientific community could hardly have expected that Greta Thunberg, a teenager from Sweden, would become one of its greatest allies.

A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come?

A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come
At the beginning of October 2019, my kids’ preschool informed me that it might be closed the next day because of rolling blackouts — a radical new effort by our local power utility in Northern California to avoid sparking wildfires.

What’s The Most Polluted City?

What’s The Most Polluted City?

Poor on-the-ground monitoring makes it impossible to know which city is the world’s most polluted, according to new research.

5 Periods of Mass Extinction on Earth. Are We Entering The Sixth?

5 Periods Of Mass Extinction On Earth. Are We Entering The Sixth?
Our earth is very old. Based on the estimation of the oldest rock, it’s around 4.5 billion years of age. Scientists from all over the world use astronomy, geology, chemistry, biology, archaeology and other sciences to investigate the Earth’s formation as well as the emergence and extinction of life on Earth.

What Happens When A Country Drowns?

What Happens When A Country Drowns?

Global climate change is endangering small island countries, many of them developing nations, potentially harming their ability to function as independent states.

5 Things The UK Must Do To Prepare For The Next Heatwave

5 Things The UK Must Do To Prepare For The Next Heatwave

The 2018 summer heatwave in the UK broke records – and it won’t be the last spell of such severe heat. In fact, climate change means that hot summers which would once occur twice a century may soon occur twice a decade.

The Stormy Outlook For Insurance-linked Securities

The Stormy Outlook For Insurance-linked Securities

The world has witnessed a shocking series of disastrous events in 2017. Devastating hurricanes and Mexico’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake were just some of the catastrophes to captivate our collective attention.

Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems

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Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, recently announced: “All roads lead to universal health coverage.”

How Frigid Polar Vortex Blasts Are Connected To Global Warming

How Frigid Polar Vortex Blasts Are Connected To Global Warming
A record-breaking cold wave is sending literal shivers down the spines of millions of Americans. Temperatures across the upper Midwest are forecast to fall an astonishing 50 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) below normal this week – as low as 35 degrees below zero.

Why Are Sea Levels Rising So Unevenly?

Why Are Sea Levels Rising So Unevenly?
Scientists say the answer is in the ice. Scientists know that sea levels have risen more in some places during the past century than in others.

Why It’s Going To Get Hot And Dry All Over At The Same Time

Why It’s Going To Get Hot And Dry All Over At The Same TimeThe kind of hot, dry conditions that can shrink crop yields, destabilize food prices, and lay the groundwork for devastating wildfires are increasingly striking multiple regions simultaneously as a result of a warming climate, according to a new study.

Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change Story

Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change StoryDrought, crop failure, storms, and land disputes pit the rich against the poor, and Central America is ground zero for climate change. Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador lie in the trajectory of the so-called “dry corridor” of Central America that stretches from Southern Mexico to Panama. This epithet is a recently adopted description of the region, to describe the droughts that have risen in intensity and frequency over the last 10 years.

How Do We Know There Is A Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires?

How We Know There Is A Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires
Once again, the summer and fall of 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere has brought us an epidemic of major wildfires. These burn forests, houses and other structures, displace thousands of people and animals, and cause major disruptions in people’s lives.

How Climate Change Could Cause A Global Beer Shortage

How Climate Change Could Cause A Global Beer Shortage

The price of beer could double under unchecked climate change, as droughts and extreme temperatures cause barley yields to drop. That’s one conclusion of research we recently published in Nature Plants.

Cultural Heritage Has A Lot To Teach Us About Climate Change

Cultural Heritage Has A Lot To Teach Us About Climate Change
Museums, archaeological sites and historical buildings are rarely included in conversations about climate change, which tend to focus on the wider impact and global threats to our contemporary world. Yet these threats impact everything, from local cultural practices to iconic sites of outstanding universal value. In light of this, it’s worth exploring the relationship between our heritage and the changing global climate in more detail.

Your Guide To Cyclone Science

Your Guide To Cyclone Science
Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on February 20, 2016, leaving a trail of destruction. Winston was a Category 5 cyclone (the strongest rating) with reported wind speeds of almost 300 km per hour. This made it among the strongest cyclones ever to make landfall globally, and the and the strongest recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.

Global Warming Varies Greatly Depending Where You Live

Global Warming Varies Greatly Depending Where You Live
As part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the international community committed in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures to “well below” 2C by the end of the 21st century and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5C”.

Climate Change Concerns Unite Generations X And Y

Climate Change Concerns Unite Generations X And Y
Two generations of Australians, Generations X and Y, say climate change is their number one cause for concern, according to a new report. Contrary to stereotypes of young generations being narcissistic or complacent, researchers say both groups are united in concerns about the future of the environment.

Do Hurricanes Feel The Effects Of Climate Change?

Do Hurricanes Feel The Effects Of Climate Change?
Hurricane Harvey, with its historical amount of rainfall over Texas, followed by a string of Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia in the North Atlantic basin in 2017, has triggered longstanding questions about any linkage between hurricanes and climate. Can we really blame these recent hurricanes on climate changes? Or are they simply a coincidence of nature happening once every few decades, similar to the triple of Hurricanes Beulah, Chloe and Doria back in 1967?

Coffee Farmers Struggle To Adapt To Colombia's Changing Climate

Coffee Farmers Struggle To Adapt To Colombia's Changing Climate
In Colombia’s coffee-producing region of Risaralda, small trees run along the sharp incline of the Andes Mountains, carefully tended in tidy rows. Thousands of green coffee berries turn brilliant red as they ripen, ready to be harvested by hand. The steep hills here prevent mechanized techniques.

Recent Australian Droughts May Be The Worst In 800 Years

Recent Australian Droughts May Be The Worst In 800 Year
Australia is a continent defined by extremes, and recent decades have seen some extraordinary climate events. But droughts, floods, heatwaves, and fires have battered Australia for millennia. Are recent extreme events really worse than those in the past?

The Hidden Carbon Cost Of Everyday Products

The Hidden Carbon Cost Of Everyday Products
The targets set in the Paris Agreement on climate change are ambitious but necessary. Failure to meet them will lead to widespread drought, disease and desperation in some of the world’s poorest regions.

How To Use Critical Thinking To Spot False Climate Claims

How To Use Critical Thinking To Spot False Climate Claims
Much of the public discussion about climate science consists of a stream of assertions. The climate is changing or it isn’t; carbon dioxide causes global warming or it doesn’t; humans are partly responsible or they are not; scientists have a rigorous process of peer review or they don’t, and so on.

Why Are So Many People Still Living In Flood-prone Cities?

Why Are So Many People Still Living In Flood-prone Cities?
Over the last 30 years, floods have killed more than 500,000 people globally, and displaced about 650m more. In a paper published by the Centre for Economic Performance, we examined why so many people are hit by devastating floods.

Why Is Climate Change's 2 Degrees Celsius Of Warming Limit So Important?

Why Is Climate Change's 2 Degrees Celsius Of Warming Limit So Important?

If you read or listen to almost any article about climate change, it’s likely the story refers in some way to the 2 degrees Celsius limit.” The story often mentions greatly increased risks if the climate exceeds 2°C and even “catastrophic” impacts to our world if we warm more than the target.

Extreme Weather Cost A Record Breaking $1.5 Trillion And Counting in 2017

Extreme Weather Cost A Record Breaking $1.5 Trillion And Counting in 2017
The Trump administration, and its allies in Congress, are fighting a losing war. They continue to press forward for the development of oil, gas, and coal when the rest of the world understands the implication of that folly. Global warming is the most pressing issue for our time.

Is Warming In The Arctic Behind This Year's Crazy Winter Weather?

Is Warming In The Arctic Behind This Year's Crazy Winter Weather?
Damage from extreme weather events during 2017 racked up the biggest-ever bills for the U.S. Most of these events involved conditions that align intuitively with global warming: heat records, drought, wildfires, coastal flooding, hurricane damage and heavy rainfall.

Where Natural Climate Patterns Are Creating Hot Spots Of Rapid Sea Level Rise

Where Natural Climate Patterns Are Creating Hot Spots Of Rapid Sea Level RiseMany scientists have found evidence that climate change is amplifying the impacts of hurricanes. For example, several studies just published in December 2017 conclude that human-induced climate change made rainfall during Hurricane Harvey more intense. But climate change is not the only factor making hurricanes more damaging.

Will Puerto Ricans Return Home After Hurricane María?

Will Puerto Ricans Return Home After Hurricane María?Even before this year’s devastating hurricane season, the team of demographers I work with at Penn State and the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics had predicted that the population of Puerto Rico would decline over the next few decades.

How Climate Change Affects The Building Blocks For Health

How Climate Change Affects The Building Blocks For HealthIn August 2016, a third of the residents of the North Island township Havelock North fell acutely ill with gastroenteritis after their water was contaminated with campylobacter.

The Burger Apocalypse: Low Carbon Eating And Avoiding Food Waste

The Burger Apocalypse: Low Carbon Eating And Avoiding Food WasteMore than 95% of people still eat meat and don’t like being told that it is wrong and bad for the planet to do so. But it is now well established that meat production is responsible for a substantial proportion of human greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention issues around animal welfare. 

World Hunger Is Increasing Due To Wars And Climate Change

World Hunger Is Increasing Due To Wars And Climate ChangeAround the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world’s population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years.

Could Climate Change Benefit Some Northeastern Farms?

Could Climate Change Benefit Some Northeastern Farms?Some aspects of climate change could benefit certain forms of agriculture in the Northeastern United States, new research suggests—though the researchers caution that there are many variables in the future scenario they envision.

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