General Climate Change News

2015 Arctic sea ice maximum annual extent is lowest on record The sea ice cap of the Arctic appeared to reach its annual maximum winter extent on Feb. 25, according to data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At 5.61 million square miles (14.54 million square kilometers), this year’s maximum extent was the smallest on the satellite record and also one of the earliest.
NASA's Earth Science News Team, Monday 23 March 2015
Small eddies produce global effects on climate change The increasing strength of winds over the Southern Ocean has extended its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, effectively delaying the impacts of global warming. New research found the intensifying wind over that ocean increased the speed and energy of eddies and jets. The increased movement and overturning of these eddies and jets has accelerated the carbon cycle and driven more heat into the deep ocean. / University of New South Wales, Tuesday 10 March 2015
ERA-Net Circle2 - Climate Adaptation Research in a Larger Europe Report now launched What has been funded in adaptation research in Europe? Which were the most funded sectors? What has been the research funding evolution? And what about funding similarities between European countries? This report analyses the last decade of adaptation research in Europe. It aims to provide insight into the complex mosaic of adaptation research supported by different national case studies.
CIRCLE2, Monday 9 March 2015
Indonesia and the Netherlands launch large coastal safety initiative in Java The Indonesian and Dutch government today launch a comprehensive five-year multi million public-private partnership initiative for enhancing coastal safety at the North Coast of Java. It aims to build stable coastlines with reduced erosion risk through a unique integration of mangrove restoration, small scale hard-engineering and sustainable land use.
Deltares, Tuesday 3 March 2015
IPCC sea-level rise scenarios not fit for purpose for high-risk coastal areas The sea-level rise scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not necessarily provide the right information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management, according to new research involving scientists from the University of Southampton.
University of Southampton, Thursday 26 February 2015
Orientgate connected to the Climate – ADAPT platform The project Orientgate is now on the Climate – ADAPT platform, while some information about the six case studies carried out under OrientGate’s three thematic centers will be available soon on the same portal.
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Monday 23 February 2015
Integrating Climate Change Knowledge into Planning: results and future perspectives Up-to-date climate knowledge for use by policy makers, such as urban planners, nature protection authorities, regional and local development agencies, and territorial and public works authorities. The Guidelines on Integrating Climate Change Knowledge into Planning and a web-based data platform that is accessible via the Orientgate website.
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Wednesday 18 February 2015
First step in adaptive delta plan for Bangladesh The first joint workshop was organised in Dhaka, Bangladesh to identify possible measures for the Bangladesh delta plan. It resulted in a series of measures to limit flooding, improve river and coastal management, and prevent water shortages. This was the first important step in the development of an adaptive delta plan for Bangladesh that is intended to result in a sustainable, habitable and economically developed delta area between now and 2100.
Deltares, Monday 16 February 2015
Removing fossil-fuel subsidies results in huge benefits for the climate Eliminating the hundreds of billions of dollars that governments are spending on fossil-fuel subsidies would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by between 6 and 13 per cent by 2050. This is according to a new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) which demonstrates the considerable impact that removing fossil-fuel subsidies would have on climate change.
Institute for Sustainable Development, Thursday 12 February 2015
Climate change to shift global spread and quality of agricultural land New areas of land suitable for agriculture will open up under climate change’s effects, new research predicts, particularly in far northern regions of the world. However, the overall quality of land for farming will decline and many regions, including Europe, could lose large areas of suitable land.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 12 February 2015
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