General Climate News

Weather extremes: Humans likely influence giant airstreams The increase of devastating weather extremes in summer is likely linked to human-made climate change, mounting evidence shows. Giant airstreams are circling the Earth, waving up and down between the Arctic and the tropics, transporting heat and moisture. When these planetary waves stall, droughts or floods can occur. Warming caused by greenhouse-gases from fossil fuels creates favorable conditions for such events. Read more in the article published in Nature.
VU University, the Netherlands, Tuesday 11 April 2017
Responding to floods in Europe: new framework assesses effectiveness of Flood Emergency Management Systems A new framework has been developed to assess how effective Flood Emergency Management Systems (FEMS) are in Europe. Examining FEMS in five European countries, this study highlights the strengths and weaknesses of existing systems and makes recommendations for improving their effectiveness, particularly in relation to institutional learning, community preparedness and recovery.
Science for Environment Policy, Issue 486, 6 April 2017, Tuesday 11 April 2017
Rapid and significant sea-level rise expected if global warming exceeds 2 °C, with global variation The world could experience the highest ever global sea-level rise in the history of human civilisation if global temperature rises exceed 2 °C, predicts a new study. Under current carbon-emission rates, this temperature rise will occur around the middle of this century, with damaging effects on coastal businesses and ecosystems, while also triggering major human migration from low-lying areas. Global sea-level rise will not be uniform, and will differ for different points of the globe.
Science for Environment Policy, Issue 486, 6 April 2017, Tuesday 11 April 2017
Early climate ‘payback’ with higher emission reductions Climate scientists have shown that the early mitigation needed to limit eventual warming below potentially dangerous levels has a climate ‘payback’ much earlier than previously thought. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, investigates how quickly benefits of mitigation could be realised through any reduction in the occurrence of extreme seasonal temperatures over land.
University of Exeter, United Kingdom, Tuesday 4 April 2017
Climate-driven species on the move affect humans A comprehensive international study published in Science describes how humans are affected when climate changes cause species to distribute unexpectedly across land and in water. Global changes to ecology have implications on humans that are becoming increasingly conspicuous – and it covers anything from health risks, economical threats, and conflicts over fisheries resources to affected access to global crops.
Umeå University, Sweden, Monday 3 April 2017
No publication bias found in climate change research Rarely do we encounter a scientific fact that stirs public controversy and distrust in science as much as climate change. However, the theory is built on honest reporting of facts. This emerges from a new study from Lund University in Sweden.
Lunch University, Sweden, Tuesday 21 March 2017
GrowApp: make an animation of climate change in your backyard The newly launched GrowApp allows people to make animations of trees, gardens and landscapes by taking pictures with their smartphone. The app directly transforms these pictures in a time lapse movie that shows changes over the seasons and even over the years. While having fun making an animation of their backyard, users help scientists better understand climate change impact on the environment.
Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, Monday 20 March 2017
Increase in extreme sea levels could endanger European coastal communities Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study
EU science hub, Friday 17 March 2017
Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'? Plants possess molecular mechanisms that prevent them from blooming in winter. Once the cold of win-ter has passed, they are deactivated. However, if it is still too cold in spring, plants adapt their blooming behavior accordingly. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered genetic changes for this adaptive behavior. In light of the temperature changes resulting from climate change, this may come in useful for securing the production of food in the future.
Technical University of Munich, Germany, Thursday 16 March 2017
Building local resilience to climate disaster risk The fifth edition of its Best Climate Practices (BCP) Contest, is launched, topic: Building local resilience to climate disaster risk. Floods, drought, heat waves and other extreme weather events pose potential losses to persons and communities: losses in life and health, economic damages, displacement, and reduced access to basic needs and services, such as water, food, energy, and education.
International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), Tuesday 14 March 2017