General Climate Change News

Preliminary programme online! Deltas in Times of Climate Change II, 24-26 September 2014 It is an exciting programme with three days of plenaries and more than 100 parallel sessions. Sessions that are interesting for scientists, practitioners and politicians working on climate change adaptation. During the conference there will be plenty of time to meet with interesting people from around the world and extend your network.
Deltas in Times of Climate Change II, Rotterdam, Wednesday 18 June 2014
Loss of cooling effect of aerosols can be offset by greenhouse gas reductions The net cooling effect that aerosols have on the climate will be lost as emissions drop in the future, new research suggests. However, the consequent warming will ultimately be counter balanced if policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are put in place.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 17 July 2014
Climate Information Portal for Copernicus Project (CLIPC) Survey The Climate Information Portal for Copernicus Project (CLIPC) has opened a survey to collect information on requirements of potential users of climate information in Europe, including climate scientists, climate adaptation and climate impact researchers, intermediary/boundary organisations and policy makers. CLIPC combines observational data with model output for which the project closely works with the InfraStructure for the European Network on Earth System Modelling (IS-ENES) and will provide climate data and impact indicators to the European climate change adaptation platform Climate-ADAPT. This survey is part of an ongoing investigation into the requirements of users for climate information in Europe. The survey also allows you to indicate your future participation in the development and testing of the information portal. For completing this questionnaire you will need about 15 minutes.
CLIPC / Alterra Wageningen UR, Monday 14 July 2014
Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.
WMO, Friday 11 July 2014
Ocean Acidification IGBP recently launched a new website bringing together information for policymakers, scientists and society on ocean acidification.
IGBP, Thursday 10 July 2014
Urban heat: Not a myth, and worst where it's wet A new quantifies for the first time the primary causes of the 'urban heat island' (UHI) effect, a common phenomenon that makes the world's urban areas significantly warmer than surrounding countryside and may increase health risks for city residents. In an analysis of 65 cities, researchers found that variation in how efficiently urban areas release heat back into the lower atmosphere is the dominant factor in the daytime UHI effect.
ScienceDaily.com / Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Wednesday 9 July 2014
Climate change: IPCC must consider alternate policy views, researchers say The Summary for Policymakers recently produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has triggered a public debate about excessive governmental intrusion in the IPCC process. The IPCC cannot avoid alternative political interpretations of data and must involve policy makers in finding out how to address these implications, according to a team of researchers.
ScienceDaily.com / Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Monday 7 July 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
Low-carbon technologies are key to meeting EU emissions targets While energy-efficiency gains are needed to lower Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions, low-carbon technologies are also crucial if we are to meet ambitious EU emissions targets in the long term, new comparative research concludes.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service,, Thursday 12 June 2014
IPCC Working Group II Contribution to AR5: Report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability The 10th Session of Working Group II (WGII-10) was held from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan. At the Session, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5) was approved and the underlying scientific and technical assessment accepted.
IPCC, Wednesday 11 June 2014
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