Deltas and Climate Change News

West Antarctic ice shelf breaking up from the inside out The Pine Island Glacier, part of the ice shelf that bounds the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is one of two glaciers that researchers believe are most likely to undergo rapid retreat, bringing more ice from the interior of the ice sheet to the ocean, where its melting would flood coastlines around the world.
Science Daily, Wednesday 30 November 2016
Provisional WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2016 It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
WMO, Monday 14 November 2016
How each one of us contribute to Arctic sea ice melt Measurements reveal the relationship between individual CO2 emissions and the Arctic's shrinking summer sea ice: for each tonne of CO2 that any person on our planet emits, three square metres of Arctic summer sea ice disappear. This is the finding of a study that has been published in the journal Science this week by Dirk Notz, leader of a Max Planck Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and Julienne Stroeve from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre. These figures enable us for the first time to grasp the individual contribution to global climate change. The study also explains why climate models usually simulate a lower sensitivity than can be detected in observations. It concludes that the two degrees Celsius global warming target agreed on in the most recent UN Climate Conference will not allow Arctic summer sea ice to survive.
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Friday 4 November 2016
Climateurope Newsletter 01/2016 Climateurope is an Europe-wide network made up of climate-related activities and organizations across Europe, a platform to link decision makers, business and public to the climate science community and climate service providers. In this first newsletter a.o. interview with André Jol, Climate services: benefits and challenges for adaptation strategies within Europe; how to join the network; latest publications on climate change.
Climateurope, Tuesday 1 November 2016
Adapting to climate change – a major challenge for forests Climate change means that trees germinating today will be living in a much-altered climate by the time they reach middle age. The espected changes are likely to hit them hard and threaten key forest functions in the decades ahead. However, appropriate management shall enable to increase the forest habitat's adaptability. This is shown by the results of the Forests and Climate Change research programme conducted by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) since 2009. Appropriate management will increase the forest habitat's adaptability.
Portal of the Swiss Government, Monday 31 October 2016
Paris pledges insufficient to meet 2°C climate change objective While the implementation of the Paris climate agreement marks a break from historic emission trends, greater efforts are needed to limit global warming to 2°C. The Paris pledges appear to account for only half of the emission reduction needed in 2030 to keep global warming below 2°C over the long run. However, this goal can be reached with additional mitigation policies, and can be compatible with continued global economic growth, according to a JRC modelling exercise.
EU science hub, Tuesday 25 October 2016
Risk analysis for common ground on climate loss and damage The Paris Agreement included groundbreaking text on the need for a mechanism to help identify risks beyond adaptation and support the victims of climate-related loss and damage—but how exactly it will work remains unclear. New IIASA research lends insight to policymakers on how to move forward.
IIASA, Friday 21 October 2016
Publication: New tool could help optimise governance of flood risk As the climate becomes more volatile, managing the risk of flooding has never been more important. This study proposes a new framework for evaluating how flood risk is managed by governments, which is applied to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the system in England. The researchers say their approach can help to improve flood-risk governance and could be applied to other countries as well as other types of hazard. (Source: Alexander, M., Priest, S. & Mees, H. (2016). A framework for evaluating flood-risk governance. Environmental Science & Policy, 64: 38–47. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.004.)
European Commission, Science for Environment Policy, Issue 474, October 2016, Monday 17 October 2016
Press release: Countries agree to curb powerful greenhouse gases in largest climate breakthrough since Paris Nearly 200 countries struck a landmark deal today to reduce the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in a move that could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of this century.
UNEP, Saturday 15 October 2016
Wave study could help improve seawalls Britain’s coastal defences could be designed to better withstand storms triggered by climate change, a study suggests. Improving seawalls could help limit loss of life and damage to property as coastal waters become stormier over coming years, researchers say. The team has developed a way of predicting what happens to the millions of tonnes of water inside big waves when they collide with cliffs, seawalls and buildings. Their findings could help engineers design coastal defences that are better able to stop sea water spilling over on to land – known as overtopping.
The University of Edinburgh, Friday 14 October 2016
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