General Climate Change News

Forests synchronize their growth in response to climate change A growing synchrony has been revealed in ring-width patterns of trees in response to global warming. This study shows the existence of an increase of spatial synchrony of ring width patterns in Spain and Siberia. These findings are a warning of the global warming impact on forest ecosystems at subcontinent scale.
Universidad Polit├ęcnica de Madrid, Wednesday 13 April 2016
A walk to the park? - Assessing access to green urban areas in Europe's cities This working paper presents a methodology that takes into account the spatial distribution of both population and green areas throughout the cities' territory, and produces indicators on the proximity of the green areas to the urban population.
EC Regional Policy, Thursday 7 April 2016
Reducing food waste could help mitigate climate change About a tenth of overall global greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture could be traced back to food waste by mid-century, a new study shows. A team of researchers, for the first time, provides comprehensive food loss projections for countries around the world while also calculating the associated emissions.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) , Thursday 7 April 2016
Climate models underestimate global warming by exaggerating cloud brightening Researchers have found that climate models are aggressively making clouds 'brighter' as the planet warms. This may be causing models to underestimate how much global warming will occur due to increasing carbon dioxide. / DOE / Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory , Thursday 7 April 2016
Warming climate puts Europe at risk for seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever Increasing temperatures will enlarge Europe's seasonal window for the potential spread of mosquito-borne viral disease, expanding the geographic areas at risk for a dengue epidemic to include much of Europe, say researchers. / Umea University, Wednesday 6 April 2016
What is the cost of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from agriculture? Researchers have studied the advantages of reducing greenhouse gases in croplands of a region in Spain. Results will allow researchers to make progress in the regional knowledge to reduce costs and emissions that could be achieved with slight changes in crop and soil management. These results can be extended to other scenarios with similar conditions to the study case. / Universidad Polit├ęcnica de Madrid, Tuesday 5 April 2016
European droughts set to become more prevalent by the end of the century A recently published JRC report investigates the trends and impacts of past and future meteorological drought events in Europe, and the implications of a projected drier future for southern Europe and a wetter future for northern Europe.
EC Joint Resarch Centre, Friday 1 April 2016
New study on storm surges projections in Europe Coastal flooding is often caused by extreme events, such as storm surges, which in some areas may be amplified by climate change. A number of studies have evaluated the dynamics of future extreme storm surges, but mainly at local or regional scale. A new study gives a wider perspective by developing projections for Europe for 2010-2040 and 2070-2100.
EC Joint Research Centre, Wednesday 30 March 2016
Sea-level rise could nearly double over earlier estimates in next 100 years A new study from climate scientists suggests that the most recent estimates by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for future sea-level rise over the next 100 years could be too low by almost a factor of two. / University of Massachusetts Amherst, Wednesday 30 March 2016
Insurance for an uncertain climate The application of insurance as a mechanism to help vulnerable people adapt to the impacts of climate change is gaining international support. Experts support the idea but warn of potential problems.
IIASA, Thursday 24 March 2016
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