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.

How I Came To Know That I Am A Closet Climate Denier

How I Came To Know That I Am A Closet Climate DenierWhat we believe and how we act don’t always stack up. Recently, in considering what it means to live in a post-truth world, I had cause to examine my understanding of how the world works and my actions on sustainability.

Why 1 In 5 People Could Be A Refugee By 2100

Why 1 In 5 People Could Be A Refugee By 2100In the year 2100, 2 billion people—about one-fifth of the world’s population—could become refugees due to rising ocean levels.

How Climate Change Is Making Cities Sick

How Climate Change Is Making Cities SickUrban Canadians are feeling the impact of climate change. Flooding in Quebec this spring damaged nearly 1,900 homes in 126 municipalities, causing widespread psychological distress.

What's Inside The Coal Industry's Rhetorical Playbook

Inside The Coal Industry's Rhetorical PlaybookIf citizens have heard anything about the upheaval in the U.S. coal industry, it is probably the insistence that President Obama and the EPA have waged a “war on coal.”

The Colorado River Flow Could Drop 50% By 2100

The Colorado River Flow Could Drop 50% By 2100Warming in the 21st century has reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet—about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, a new study warns.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Burning Fossil Fuels Is Responsible For Most Sea-level Rise Since 1970

sea level rise 4 12Global average sea level has risen by about 17 cm between 1900 and 2005. This is a much faster rate than in the previous 3,000 years. The sea level changes for several reasons, including rising temperatures as fossil fuel

The US Faces A Future Of Floods And Climate Refugees

Thousands of people lost their homes in floods that devastated New Orleans in 2005. Image: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA via Wikimedia CommonsNew research warns that more than 13 million American citizens could be at risk of being forced to move away from vulnerable coastal zones because of sea level rise.

Drought Now Threatens Virtually All U.S. Forests

Drought Now Threatens Virtually All U.S. Forests"While the effects have been most pronounced in the West, our analysis shows virtually all US forests are now experiencing change and are vulnerable to future declines," says James Clark.

This Is What Will Happen To The Climate In The Next 100 Years

This Is What Will Happen To The Climate In The Next 100 YearsAt the Paris climate summit, delegates have struck an agreement that calls for the world to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5℃”.

enafarzh-CNzh-TWnltlfifrdehiiditjakomsnofaptruessvtrvi

follow InnerSelf on

facebook-icontwitter-iconrss-icon

 Get The Latest By Email

{emailcloak=off}