General Climate Change News

Glaciers melting faster than ever The World Glacier Monitoring Service has compiled worldwide data on glacier changes for more than 120 years. Together with its National Correspondents in more than 30 countries, the international service just published a new comprehensive analysis of global glacier changes. In this study, observations of the first decade of the 21st century (2001-2010) were compared to all available earlier data from in-situ, air-borne, and satellite-borne observations as well as to reconstructions from pictorial and written sources. / University of Zurich, Monday 3 August 2015
New study narrows the gap between climate models and reality A new study addresses an important question in climate science: how accurate are climate model projections? Climate models are used to estimate future global warming, and their accuracy can be checked against the actual global warming observed so far. Most comparisons suggest that the world is warming a little more slowly than the model projections indicate. Scientists have wondered whether this difference is meaningful, or just a chance fluctuation. / University of York, Thursday 30 July 2015
NASA release climate projections for all A new online resource brings high resolution climate projections from NASA to a world-wide audience. In a collaboration with the cloud-computing arm of online retailer Amazon, three NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) data sets are available: downscaled climate projections for the US, global daily downscaled projections and global land survey. All data is accessible for free.
UKCIP / NASA, Friday 3 July 2015
Researchers investigate the needs of information about natural disasters for climate change adaptation Our knowledge is steadily growing about the climate that we can anticipate and the increased risk of heat waves, cloudbursts, floods and temporary sea level changes in the event of powerful storms. Now researchers shall improve knowledge concerning the information that early climate change adopters require to be able to make decisions. This, in its turn, shall stimulate more effective decision-making about climate adaptation.
SMHI, Friday 3 July 2015
How vulnerable are cities to climate change? The European Environment Agency (EEA) published today a series of interactive maps, illustrating various climate threats European cities face as well as cities’ capacity to respond to these threats. This new ‘map book’ provides background information and allows users to view the maps, selecting different parameters.
EEA, Monday 8 June 2015
Soft robotics for adaptive building facades Today, building envelopes tend to be static and unable to adapt to changing conditions. Now, for the first time, an adaptable façade has been used for the newly inaugurated House of Natural Resources (HoNR) that produces electricity and regulates light and heat generation.
ETH Zürich, Tuesday 2 June 2015
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