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 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.

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.

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.

We Are Entering A New Era Of Migration And Not Just For People

We Are Entering A New Era Of Migration And Not Just For PeopleThe world is watching as refugees flood into a Europe unprepared for the new arrivals. Conflict and social unrest due in part to climate stress – including induced food shortages and social conflict – have prompted migrants to search for new homes and new opportunities. To ecologists, however, this comes as no surprise.

Why The Shrinking Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Has Been Accelerating

Why The Shrinking Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Is AcceleratingAsk people what they know about Antarctica and they usually mention cold, snow and ice. In fact, there’s so much ice on Antarctica that if it all melted into the ocean, average sea level around the entire world would rise about 200 feet, roughly the height of a 20-story building.

How To Make Sense Of Alarming Sea Level Forecasts

How To Make Sense Of  Alarming Sea Level ForecastsYou may have read recent reports about huge changes in sea level, inspired by new research from James Hansen, NASA’s former Chief Climate Scientist, at Columbia University. Sea level rise represents one of the most worrying aspects of global warming, potentially displacing millions of people along coasts, low river valleys, deltas and islands.

How A Warming World Could Spread Disease

How A Warming World Could Spread Disease

As the world warms, animals and plants will shift their ranges to keep pace with their favoured climate. While the changing distributions of species can tell us how climate change is affecting the natural world, it may also have a direct impact on us.

Why Declining Winter Sea Ice Near Greenland Spells Cooler Climate For Europe

Why Declining Winter Sea Ice Near Greenland Spells Cooler Climate For EuropeOne of the most dramatic features of recent climate change is the decline of summer Arctic sea ice. The impacts of this summer ice loss on northern society, on Arctic ecosystems, and the climate both locally and further afield, are already being felt.

A Matter Of Degrees: Why 2C Warming Is Officially Unsafe

A Matter Of Degrees: Why 2C Warming Is Officially UnsafeThe goal of international climate negotiations is “to avoid dangerous atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases”. In 2010, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change formally recognised the “long term goal” of the convention was to hold the increase in global average warming to below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

An Iceberg The Size of a Country Breaks Away, What Happens Next?

iceberg patagoniaYou never forget the first time you see an iceberg. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small. Most icebergs that make it far enough north from Antarctica to where they are danger to shipping are sometimes many years old and at the end of their lives. They are small fragments of what once left the continent.

Climate Change Up Close & Personal

Climate Change up Close & Personal

If you’ve ever wondered how much little things really matter, consider the mountain pine beetle. Roughly the size of a grain of rice, the glossy black insect lives only about a year. A throng of beetles can ravage a pine as tall as an eight-story building, as the tree first oozes sap, then its needles turn rusty red...

Drought Impact: California Goes Nuts For Water

Drought Impact: California Goes Nuts For Water

While recent rainfall has brought welcome relief to California, the amount of precipitation has not been nearly enough to put an end to what is its worst drought on record.  The state’s $45 billion agricultural sector has been particularly hard hit.

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