Weather records due to climate change: A game with loaded dice
The past decade has been one of unprecedented weather extremes. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany argue that the high incidence of extremes is not merely accidental. From the ...
World's cloud forests 'headed for destruction'
Many of the worlds rarest and richest forests its high-altitude cloud forests could be all-but obliterated by 2080 due to the combined impact of man-made climate change and habitat destruction.
Focus on technology overlooks human behavior when addressing climate change
Technology alone won't help the world turn away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, says University of Oregon sociologist Richard York. In a newly published paper, York argues for a shift in political and economic policies ...
Africa research explores the complex influence of changes in climate upon migration
(PhysOrg.com) -- Governments need to take multiple factors into account if they are to plan effectively for population displacement as a result of drought, new research from the University of Sussex reveals.
Plants ‘mop up’ more carbon than expected under lab conditions
(PhysOrg.com) -- The ability of plants to absorb carbon dioxide emissions from human activity appears to be surprisingly robust as the climate warms, according to groundbreaking research.
Study: Greenland ice sheet may melt completely with 1.6 degrees global warming
The Greenland ice sheet is likely to be more vulnerable to global warming than previously thought. The temperature threshold for melting the ice sheet completely is in the range of 0.8 to 3.2 degrees Celsius ...
Climate risks of bioenergy underestimated
Energy from biomass presents underappreciated risks, new research published in Nature Climate Change shows. ...
Study quantifies effect of soot on snow and ice, supporting previous climate findings
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study from scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), published in Nature Climate Change, has quantitatively demonstrated that black carbonalso known ...
Weathering of rocks impacts climate change
Chemical weathering of rocks by carbon dioxide dissolved in rainwater has never been taken into account in models of future climate change so far. However, researchers from the Laboratoire Géosciences ...
Climate change could impact on polar ecosystems
Polar ecosystems could be at risk from the spread of toxic cyanobacteria if the climate continues to warm, say scientists.
Early ripening of grapes pinned to warming, soil moisture
Researchers in Australia say they have pinpointed key factors in the early ripening of grapes, providing potential answers for wine growers threatened by global warming.
With climate change, today's '100-year floods' may happen every three to 20 years: research
Last August, Hurricane Irene spun through the Caribbean and parts of the eastern United States, leaving widespread wreckage in its wake. The Category 3 storm whipped up water levels, generating storm surges ...
El Nino, La Nina to become more dominant in New Zealand with climate change
(PhysOrg.com) -- El Niño and La Niña weather patterns will become even more dominant in New Zealand with climate change, according to research from The University of Auckland published in Nature Climate Change.
Land-cover changes do not impact glacier loss
A new study shows that land-cover changes, in particular deforestation, in the vicinity of glaciers do not have an impact on glacier loss. However, the study, in which Innsbruck climate researcher were directly involved, ...