General Climate Change News

UNEP Chief Welcomes the Election of New IPCC Chair UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner today welcomed the election of Hoesung Lee, of the Republic of Korea, as the new Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Tuesday 6 October 2015.
UNEP, Wednesday 7 October 2015
Cloud-based flood risk learning tool engages multiple stakeholders A pilot cloud-based learning platform that brings together multiple datasets, models and visualisation tools has been developed with the engagement of numerous stakeholders throughout the design process. This tool could lead to informed decisions about flood risk at the local level. These types of tools and frameworks are effective ways of facilitating better decision making.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 1 October 2015
Publication database for two Climate Programmes Wageningen UR Library has created a sustainable database for the research output of the ‘Knowledge for Climate’ and the ‘Climate changes Spatial Planning’ Programmes.
Wageningen UR Library, Wednesday 23 September 2015
Risk perceptions are essential in communicating about climate change Experts and members of coastal communities possess both differences and similarities in how they perceive the risks associated with changes in sea level. A new study, based on interviews with both, has found that future communication about the risks should focus on specific adaptation and mitigation strategies.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 17 September 2015
Where is the world's permafrost thawing? First global permafrost database goes online This new portal with permafrost temperature and active thickness layer data from Arctic, Antarctic and mountain permafrost regions, can serve as an early warning system for researchers and decision-makers around the globe. / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Sunday 13 September 2015
Large-scale early flood warning systems provide high returns on investment Continental-scale early flood warning systems in Europe can provide significant monetary benefits by reducing flood damage and associated costs. Specifically, a new study found that the return from the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) and available flood damage data has the potential to be as high as approximately 400 euros for every one euro invested.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 3 September 2015
Role of fresh water lakes, reservoirs in the global carbon cycle Understanding the role of freshwater lakes and reservoirs in the global carbon cycle is the focus of ongoing research. Lakes make up less than 3 percent of the landscape, but they bury more carbon than all the world's oceans combined. In the global carbon cycle, fresh water lakes and reservoirs are hot spots of carbon cycling and important players in the global carbon cycle. / Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Thursday 3 September 2015
FOURCE: a technique for reducing the salinity of brackish water Fource is a ‘Standalone Farm Water Salinity Reducer’, a technique used to make shallow, brackish water suitable for agricultural purposes. The aim is to make food production less vulnerable to salinisation, a problem that is becoming increasingly serious throughout the world.
Alterra, Wageningen UR, Thursday 27 August 2015
Warming seas and melting ice sheets For thousands of years, sea level has remained relatively stable and human communities have settled along the planet's coastlines. But now Earth's seas are rising. Globally, sea level has risen about eight inches (20 centimeters) since the beginning of the 20th century and more than two inches (5 centimeters) in the last 20 years alone. All signs suggest that this rise is accelerating. / NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Wednesday 26 August 2015
The fingerprints of sea level rise According to the 23-year record of satellite data from NASA and its partners, the sea level is rising a few millimeters a year -- a fraction of an inch. If you live on the U.S. East Coast, though, your sea level is rising two or three times faster than average. If you live in Scandinavia, it's falling. Residents of China's Yellow River delta are swamped by sea level rise of more than nine inches (25 centimeters) a year. These regional differences in sea level change will become even more apparent in the future, as ice sheets melt. / NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Wednesday 26 August 2015
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