General Climate News

Research provides new knowledge for local climate adaptation measures A changed climate with more extreme weather involves an increased risk of natural hazards if society is not prepared for the new conditions. The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and the Stockholm Environment Institute have examined how climate hazard research can be designed to meet users’ needs.
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Monday 11 January 2021
Uncovering how grasslands changed our climate Grasslands are managed worldwide to support livestock production, while remaining natural or semi-natural ones provide critical services that contribute to the wellbeing of both people and the planet. Human activities are however causing grasslands to become a source of greenhouse gas emissions rather than a carbon sink. A new study uncovered how grasslands used by humans have changed our climate over the last centuries.
IIASA, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Cli­mate crisis is caus­ing lakes to shrink Cli­mate change is im­pact­ing not only the oceans, but also large in­land lakes. As the world’s largest lake, the Caspian Sea is a per­fect ex­ample of how a body of wa­ter can and will change. In an art­icle in the Nature journal Communications Earth & Environment, German researchers dis­cuss the pos­sible eco­lo­gical, polit­ical and eco­nomic con­sequences, as well as vi­able solu­tions.
MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Wednesday 23 December 2020
The EU post-COVID recovery – strongly connected to all Sustainable Development Goals The social and economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis could generate a more sustainable and resilient EU, in line with the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals. The EU Recovery Plan will be a strong instrument for boosting these post-crisis developments, according to a European study.
EU Science Hub, Tuesday 22 December 2020
Pandemic and forthcoming stimulus funds could bring climate targets in sight – or not The lockdowns that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced greenhouse gas emissions. However, in the recovery phase, emissions could rise to levels above those projected before the pandemic. It all depends on how the stimulus money that governments inject into their economies is spent. A team of scientists from the University of Groningen have quantified how different recovery scenarios may affect global emissions and climate change.
University of Groningen, Tuesday 22 December 2020
Climate warming linked to tree leaf unfolding and flowering growing apart Climate warming is linked to a widening interval between leaf unfolding and flowering in European trees, with implications for tree fitness and the wider environment, according to new research.
British Ecological Society, Monday 21 December 2020
Ice sheet uncertainties could mean sea level will rise more than predicted Sea level could rise higher than current estimates by 2100 if climate change is unchallenged, according to a new assessment.
Imperial College London, Friday 18 December 2020
Change in global precipitation patterns as a result of climate change Variation in temperature differences between tropics and polar regions plays a fundamental role in controlling atmospheric circulation and in consequence is a potential future cause of regional climate change.
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Thursday 17 December 2020
How climate change is disrupting ecosystems When it gets warmer, organisms rise higher from the lowlands. Researchers from ETH and WSL investigated what could happen to plant communities on alpine grasslands if grasshoppers from lower elevations settled there.
ETH Zurich, Thursday 17 December 2020
The melting of the Greenland ice sheet could lead to a sea level rise of 18 cm in 2100! A new study, headed by researchers from the ULiège Laboratory of Climatology, applying the latest climate models, of which the MAR - developed at ULiège - predicts a 60% greater melting of the Greenland ice sheet than previously predicted. Data that will be included in the next IPCC report.
University of Liège, Tuesday 15 December 2020