General Climate Change News

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
New frontiers on climate predictions Sea-ice, land surface, stratosphere and aerosols have received relatively little attention on how they can contribute to decadal scale predictability and to new perspectives for improving the predictive capabilities of current Earth system models (ESM). In a paper published by Reviews of Geophysics, a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal that belongs to the publications series of the AGU – American Geophysical Union, a team of scientists addresses recent progress in the understanding the role of these constituents and their impacts on practical decadal predictions.
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Monday 9 February 2015
Ancient snow patches melting at record speed Norway is dotted with small glaciers and permanent snow patches that contain all sorts of archaeological treasures, from ancient shoes to 5000-year-old arrowheads. But climate change has turned up the temperature on these snowfields and they are vanishing at an astonishing rate. / The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Friday 6 February 2015
Public perception of climate change after flooding A team from Cardiff University have produced an assessment of public opinion on climate change, including a study of people who had been recently flooded.
Cardiff University, Wednesday 4 February 2015
Report: Global Risks 2015 Each year, the World Economic Forum conducts a survey of decision-makers in order to assess perception of the world’s most pressing global risks. The tenth edition of the report – ‘Global Risks 2015’ – has now been published, and once again climate change features in a number of key risks: particularly water crises and the failure of adaptation. The report also includes interesting interconnections maps to show the links between risks and trends in different thematic areas.
World Economic Forum / UKCIP, Wednesday 4 February 2015
The Global Calculator: new tool for climate information launched Informing businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations about options for cutting CO2 emissions and the trade-offs for energy and land is the ambition of a new web platform called the Global Calculator. An international team led by the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change and co-funded by the European Union’s Climate-KIC launched the tool last week.
PIK, Monday 2 February 2015
Study of new perspective on water management Water management should focus more on how robust different areas are in terms of coping with floods and drought. A robust system means that we can deal better with extreme events. High river discharges and long periods of drought will occur more frequently as climate change continues and inflicts increasing levels of damage.
Deltares, Monday 26 January 2015
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