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Revealing damages from droughts across Europe Researchers have developed a new tool for assessing and predicting the damage caused by droughts to crop yields and hydroelectric energy production. The tool could provide useful information to policymakers, helping them develop drought management practices to improve food and energy security and adapt to climate change.
Science for Environment Policy: European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 4 February 2016
Maps of forests, fields and soils to aid climate change forecasts Detailed maps of the world's natural landscapes could help scientists to better predict the impacts of future climate change. The complex charts of forests, grasslands and other productive ecosystems provide the most complete picture yet of how carbon from the atmosphere is reused and recycled by Earth's natural habitats, say investigators. / University of Edinburgh, Tuesday 2 February 2016
Man-made climate change helped cause south of England floods Human-induced climate change increased the risk of severe storms like those that hit the south of England in the winter of 2013/14, causing devastating flooding and costing several people their lives.
University of Oxford, Monday 1 February 2016
Climate Change: Ocean Warming Underestimated To date, research on the effects of climate change has underestimated the contribution of seawater expansion to sea level rise due to warming of the oceans. A team of researchers at the University of Bonn has now investigated, using satellite data, that this effect was almost twice as large over the past twelve years than previously assumed.
University of Bonn, Monday 25 January 2016
2°C increase: more intense floods and droughts in Europe A JRC co-authored study finds that a 2°C rise in global temperature is still expected to lead to a significant increase in floods and droughts in many regions of Europe, particularly in southern Europe, Ireland and the UK.
Joint Research Centre, Friday 22 January 2016
How two degrees may turn into four The world has decided to adopt measures to prevent average global warming from exceeding the two-degree mark. But what does this mean for temperature and the distribution of heavy precipitation on a regional level? Climate researchers have now calculated this.
ETH Zürich, Thursday 21 January 2016
Assessing the impact of human-induced climate change A new method is being applied to determine whether specific climate impacts can be traced to human-caused emissions. The past century has seen a 0.8°C increase in average global temperature, and the overwhelming source of this increase has been emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from human activities, they say. / DOE / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Wednesday 20 January 2016
NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015 Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.13 Celsius. Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much.
NASA / NOAA, Wednesday 20 January 2016
Coastal zones: a methodology for the regional risk assessment of climate change impacts Several decision support systems were developed in recent years to encourage climate adaptation planning in coastal areas, especially at a national to global scale. However, few prototypes are easy to use and accessible for decision-makers to evaluate and manage risks locally. In a paper recently published on Ocean & Coastal Management, a team of authors presented a Decision Support System for coastal climate change risk assessment that implements Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and Geographic Information Systems.
CMCC, Friday 15 January 2016
Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is now available in a.o. English, French and Spanish Originally published in English, the Synthesis Report was translated in order to make the key findings of AR5 accessible to a wider audience. The Synthesis Report distils and integrates the findings of the three Working Group contributions to the AR5 that span over 4700 pages into a concise document of about 130 pages that can be used by policymakers and other stakeholders. The Working Group volumes were released in phases between 2013 and 2014 and the English version of the Synthesis Report in November 2014.
IPCC, Monday 11 January 2016
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