General Climate Change News

September brings record-breaking warm temperatures The latest Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) data show that this year continues to bring record-breaking temperatures. Every month in 2020 has ranked amongst the top four warmest for the month in question, with January at 0.03°C warmer than any previous January and May at 0.05°C warmer than any previous May.
Copernicus, Wednesday 7 October 2020
New LIFE climate action projects: applicants seek nearly €500 million in EU funding In response to the EU LIFE programme’s 2020 call for climate action projects, the European Commission has received 258 new proposals. This represents a 55% rise on last year’s figures. It also shows a growing commitment to tackle and adapt to climate change. Applicants come from all Member States and the proposed projects have an estimated total cost of approximately €978 million.
European Commission, Wednesday 7 October 2020
Climate-friendly cooling to help ease global warming New study shows that coordinated international action on energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling could avoid as much as 600 billion tonnes CO2 equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions in this century.
IIASA, Tuesday 6 October 2020
Mid-term evaluation of Finland's National Climate Change Adaptation Plan The aim of the Finland National Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2022, published in 2014, is to ensure that the Finnish society has the capacity to manage the risks associated with climate change and to adapt to it. This review assesses the status of the plan's implementation and identifies needs for future development.
Finnish government, Friday 2 October 2020
Nights warming faster than days across much of the planet Global warming is affecting daytime and night-time temperatures differently, and greater night-time warming is more common than greater daytime warming worldwide, UK research shows.
University of Exeter, Thursday 1 October 2020
Climate change threatens breeding birds New research from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and Cornell University uncovered drastic consequences for birds that are breeding earlier in lockstep with earlier starts of spring due to climate change: chicks hatching earlier face increased risk of poor weather conditions, food shortages and mortality.
Max Planck Institute, Monday 28 September 2020
Marine heatwaves are human made Heatwaves in the world’s oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence on the climate. This is what researchers from the Oeschger Centre for Climate Research at the University of Bern are now able to prove. Marine heatwaves destroy ecosystems and damage fisheries.
University of Bern, Thursday 24 September 2020
How much will polar ice sheets add to sea level rise? For the first time ever, glaciologists, oceanographers, and climatologists from 13 countries have teamed up to make new projections. Findings have been discussed in a spate of scientific articles, including five published in The Cryosphere.
CNRS, Thursday 17 September 2020
European Commission proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030 The European Commission plans to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. The new target is based on a comprehensive Impact Assessment of the social, economic and environmental impacts.
European Commission, Thursday 17 September 2020
Climate change triggers migration Environmental hazards affect populations worldwide and can drive migration under specific conditions, especially in middle-income and agricultural countries. According to a new study, changes in temperature levels, increased rainfall variability, and rapid-onset disasters such as tropical storms play an important role in this regard.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Monday 14 September 2020
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