Deltas and Climate Change News

Glaciers in northern Antarctic Peninsula melting faster than ever despite increased snowfall Increased snowfall will not prevent the continued melting of glaciers in the northern Antarctic Peninsula, according to new research. Scientists have discovered that small glaciers that end on land around the Antarctic Peninsula are highly vulnerable to slight changes in air temperature and may be at risk of disappearing within 200 years.
ScienceDaily.com / University of Royal Holloway London, Sunday 14 September 2014
Record greenhouse gas levels impact atmosphere and oceans The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change.
WMO, Tuesday 9 September 2014
Record decline of ice sheets: Scientists map elevation changes of Greenlandic and Antarctic glaciers Researchers have for the first time extensively mapped Greenland's and Antarctica's ice sheets with the help of the ESA satellite CryoSat-2 and have thus been able to prove that the ice crusts of both regions momentarily decline at an unprecedented rate. In total the ice sheets are losing around 500 cubic kilometers of ice per year.
ScienceDaily.com / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Wednesday 20 August 2014
UN-backed disaster resilience campaign tops 2,000 participating cities With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, two thousand cities worldwide are now enrolled in a United Nations global campaign engaging as many local governments as possible to take on the challenge of integrating disaster risk management into their development processes.
UN News Centre, Thursday 14 August 2014
Antarctica's ice discharge could raise sea level faster than previously thought Ice discharge from Antarctica could contribute up to 37 centimeters to the global sea level rise within this century, a new study shows. For the first time, an international team of scientists provide a comprehensive estimate on the full range of Antarctica's potential contribution to global sea level rise based on physical computer simulations. The study combines a whole set of state-of-the-art climate models and observational data with various ice models.
ScienceDaily.com / Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Wednesday 13 August 2014
Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia With a population of 1.43 billion people, one-third of whom live in poverty, the South Asia developing members of ADB face the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Millennium Development Goals in an era of accentuated risks posed by global climate change. Economic losses in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport, health, water, coastal and marine, and tourism, are expected to be significant, rendering growth targets harder to achieve
Asian Development Bank, Monday 30 June 2014
New study quantifies the effects of climate change in Europe If no further action is taken and global temperature increases by 3.5°C, climate damages in the EU could amount to at least €190 billion, a net welfare loss of 1.8 percent of its current GDP. Several weather-related extremes could roughly double their average frequency. As a consequence, heat-related deaths could reach about 200,000.
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Wednesday 25 June 2014
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