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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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℃”.

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