Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion
According to the United Nations' 2011 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, global urban population is expected to gain more than 2.5 billion new inhabitants through 2050. Such sharp increases in the number of urban dwellers ...
Diversity keeps grasslands resilient to drought, climate change
For much of the year drought has been plaguing American grasslands. But a recent study found that grasses do not appear to be losing the turf war against climate when it comes to surviving with little precipitation.
Unprecedented Indian Ocean heatwave creates melting pot
(Phys.org) -- An unprecedented Indian Ocean heatwave that peaked in March 2011 with large impacts on marine organisms at Jurien Bay, 250km north of Perth, may provide crucial insights into how extreme climatic ...
Global warming harms lakes: study
Global warming also affects lakes. Based on the example of Lake Zurich, researchers from the University of Zurich demonstrate that there is insufficient water turnover in the lake during the winter and harmful ...
Corals on ocean-side of reef are most susceptible to recent warming: study
Marine scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have linked the decline in growth of Caribbean forereef corals due to recent warming to long-term trends in seawater temperature ...
Rising heat at the beach threatens largest sea turtles, climate change models show
For eastern Pacific populations of leatherback turtles, the 21st century could be the last. New research suggests that climate change could exacerbate existing threats and nearly wipe out the population. Deaths ...
Research yields key to better predictions of El Nino
(Phys.org) -- A University of Maryland scientist and an undergraduate Indian student he mentored in India have uncovered a major new finding about El Nino -- the cyclical climate event that appears every 2-7 ...
Tell-tale El Nino signal detectable 18 months ahead
(Phys.org) -- The origins of the El Niño climatic events that usually bring extended hot, dry conditions to much of Australia are detectable up to 18 months beforehand, a new study has found.
Climate change and the South Asian summer monsoon
The vagaries of South Asian summer monsoon rainfall impact the lives of more than one billion people. A review in Nature Climate Change (June 24 online issue) of over 100 recent research articles concludes that w ...
Carbon scheme in danger of going up in smoke
(Phys.org) -- Australias carbon-pricing scheme is a world-leader and shows the way forward for other countries seeking to mitigate carbon emissions, says an expert from The Australian National University. ...
European Arctic forests expansion could result in carbon dioxide release: study
Carbon stored in Arctic tundra could be released into the atmosphere by new trees growing in the warmer region, exacerbating climate change, scientists have revealed.
Studying soil to predict the future of earth's atmosphere
(Phys.org) -- When it comes to understanding climate change, its all about the dirt.
More people, more environmental stress
Although it's long been suspected that human activity has greatly contributed to environmental stress, it's only recently that science has begun to show just how great a role that activity is playing.
Research shows humans are primary cause of global ocean warming
(Phys.org) -- The oceans have warmed in the past 50 years, but not by natural events alone.