General Climate Change News

Glaciers in northern Antarctic Peninsula melting faster than ever despite increased snowfall Increased snowfall will not prevent the continued melting of glaciers in the northern Antarctic Peninsula, according to new research. Scientists have discovered that small glaciers that end on land around the Antarctic Peninsula are highly vulnerable to slight changes in air temperature and may be at risk of disappearing within 200 years. / University of Royal Holloway London, Sunday 14 September 2014
Rotterdam - The Transition to Urban Resilience If current trends continue, by 2050 70% of the world's population will live in cities. Knowing that cities will grow both in number and surface, it is time to recognize the city as a natural ecosystem. In order to meet human needs now and in the future, nature-based and innovative solutions are essential for a sustainable future for cities all over the planet.
URBES project - Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services partnership / Lieke 't Gilde, Friday 12 September 2014
Public participation in flood risk management: the case of Germany How can stakeholders best be involved in the implementation of the EU Floods Directive? According to recent research examining Germany as a case study, three types of strategy are being pursued across the country’s 16 federal states: the first draws on Water Framework Directive (WFD) procedures, the second meets only minimum requirements for participation and the third involves stakeholders more intensively.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 11 September 2014
Record greenhouse gas levels impact atmosphere and oceans The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change.
WMO, Tuesday 9 September 2014
Climate change and European forests Researchers discuss how forest managers and decision makers can cope with climate uncertainties. The authors review general trends in climate, with particular emphasis on biologically meaningful parameters such as continuous dry days and changes in climate extremes and forest disturbance patterns. They also compare observed changes with those predicted by climate change studies and examine the reasons for discrepancies where they exist. / European Forest Institute, Monday 8 September 2014
Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change, researchers say Healthier diets and reducing food waste are part of a combination of solutions needed to ensure food security and avoid dangerous climate change, say the team behind a new study. / University of Cambridge, Sunday 31 August 2014
Special issue out on the topic of Innovations in Climate Policy Andrew Jordan (UEA) and SENSE member Dave Huitema (IVM-VU and Open University) have a special issue out on the topic of Innovations in Climate Policy, in the journal Environmental Politics.
SENSE, Thursday 28 August 2014
New scientific review investigates potential influences on recent UK winter floods A comprehensive review of all potential factors behind the 2013/2014 UK winter floods is published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. The paper examine how factors such as the state of the global oceans may have interacted with wind patterns and subsequent high-level atmospheric features.
NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wednesday 27 August 2014
Record decline of ice sheets: Scientists map elevation changes of Greenlandic and Antarctic glaciers Researchers have for the first time extensively mapped Greenland's and Antarctica's ice sheets with the help of the ESA satellite CryoSat-2 and have thus been able to prove that the ice crusts of both regions momentarily decline at an unprecedented rate. In total the ice sheets are losing around 500 cubic kilometers of ice per year. / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Wednesday 20 August 2014
Why global warming is taking a break The average temperature on Earth has barely risen over the past 16 years. Researchers in Switzerland have now found out why. And they believe that global warming is likely to continue again soon.
ETH Zurich, Tuesday 19 August 2014
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