General Climate Change News

Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes stall In a report by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the JRC it was concluded that in 2015 CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes have stalled, confirming the slowdown trend observed since 2012. It is a result of structural changes in the global economy and energy efficiency improvements and changing energy mix in key countries.
EU Science Hub, Thursday 8 December 2016
UK Winter 2015/2016 floods: One of the century’s most extreme and severe flood episodes A new scientific review, by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in collaboration with the Hydrological Society, of the winter floods of 2015/2016 confirms that the event was one of the most extreme and severe hydrological events of the last century.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, United Kingdom, Tuesday 6 December 2016
Adaptation to a changed climate benefits the forestry sector Climate change affects the forest’s growing conditions, but with the right knowledge and tools we can adapt the planting of new trees to both existing and future climate conditions. Swedish research shows that as the climate changes, so do the growing conditions of the world's pine trees.
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Tuesday 6 December 2016
Climate change affects Swedish reindeer herding and increases tularemia In northern Sweden, data from certain weather stations have shown that the snow season has been shortened by over two months in the last 30 years, which has huge effects on reindeer herding. Also, the climate sensitive human infection tularemia has tenfolded over the same period and is much more common now than before. This according to a dissertation at Umeå University.
Umeå University, Sweden, Wednesday 30 November 2016
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
Paris Agreement reaches 113 Parties An additional 12 Parties to the UNFCCC have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement, bringing the total number of Parties that have joined the Agreement to 113. The UNFCCC, which is a nearly universal treaty, has 197 Parties.
SDG Knowledge Hub, Monday 28 November 2016
Publication: Better predictions of climate change impact on wildlife thanks to genetically informed modelling The effects of climate change on the distribution of species can be predicted more accurately by considering the genetic differences between different groups of the same species, a new study suggests. The researchers found that a computer model which incorporated genetic information on different groups of a US tree species was up to 12 times more accurate in predicting tree locations than a non-genetically informed model. (Source: Ikeda, D. H., Max, T. L., Allan, G. J., Lau, M. K., Shuster, S. M., & Whitham, T. G. (2016). Genetically informed ecological niche models improve climate change predictions. Global Change Biology. DOI:10.1111/gcb.13470.)
European Commission, Science for Environment Policy, Issue 478, November 2016, Friday 25 November 2016
Global change threatens high-mountain plants able to adapt to new environmental conditions One of the conclusions of a study by the University of Barcelona and the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, published in the scientific journal Plant Physiology, is that high-mountain plant communities are one of the most vulnerable groups to global change. This phenomenon could threaten species living in the highest areas, such as Saxifraga longifolia, a plant in the Pyrenees with sophisticated mechanisms to adapt to environmental changes.
University of Barcelona, Spain, Thursday 24 November 2016
UN Environment: more and faster support needed for climate change adaptation Developed countries should do all they can to increase and accelerate their support to developing nations trying to adapt to the damaging impacts of climate change. Under the Paris Agreement, wealthy nations have pledged to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to rising temperatures, and to boost that figure from 2025. However, UN Environment's Adaptation Finance Gap Report 2016 shows that the cost for developing countries of adaptation alone could range from $140 billion to $300 billion by 2030, and from $280 billion to $500 billion by 2050-up to five times higher than previously estimated.
UNEP, Thursday 17 November 2016
Novel Multi-Sector Partnerships in Disaster Risk Management - ENHANCE project results published ENHANCE, an EU-funded research project, has studied 10 case studies on risk reduction of catastrophic events, such as alpine hazards to railway transport, and volcanic eruptions impacting air transport. The outcomes have been presented in this book.
ENHANCE, Tuesday 15 November 2016
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